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“If Mindy Dillard keeps doing what she’s doing now, you are going to hear about her music. And you will be glad you did.” — John Gorka
Mindy Dillard is an adventurer and an award-winning singer-songwriter. She plays clawhammer banjo and rhythm guitar, often in alternate tunings to accompany her electric and raw, crystal-clear voice. Her music pulsates with funky rhythmic grooves and sparkles with heartfelt storytelling. Mindy is a mythological scholar and has performed her one woman folk rock opera based on Grimm’s fairytales and the work of Clarissa Pinkola Estes internationally. In June 2015 she won Susanne Millsaps performing songwriter competition in Salt Lake City, Utah (which is also her hometown). She opened for folk icon John Gorka at the 2015 Utah Arts Festival. Mindy’s musical influences include Joni Mitchell, Dar Williams, Cosy Sheridan, Stephen Sondheim and Ella Fitzgerald. A genre bender, Mindy’s sound holds shades of old-time Appalachia, contemporary folk, gospel, musical theatre and rhythm and blues. Through her music she seeks to transform the ordinary into the magical and poison into medicine.
She’s recently released her second full length feature album, How to Survive a Poison Apple, a folk rock song cycle and the soundtrack for her revisionist fairy tale one-woman show, which explores her journey to finding her own voice and healthy body image. She’s performed her show at festivals, conferences and eating disorder treatment centers since 2011, including the Santa Cruz and Vancouver (B.C) fringe festivals, and the iaedp (International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals) symposium.
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“Mindy Dillard is on fire! Her one-woman show How to Survive a Poison Apple is a blend of rare insight tempered by whimsy – the show feeds you in unexpected and profound ways. Meanwhile her burgeoning singer/songwriter career is captivating audiences and winning awards. Her secret weapon is a musical theater background which underpins a fearless and powerful performance.”– Lisa Lepine, Creative Consultant (Portland, OR)
“Mindy is breath of fresh air on stage! Graceful and poised with lyrics that cut straight to the heart. She will make you laugh and cry and you’ll leave her performance with a genuine smile and feeling of goodness.” – Ruthie Naccarato, Ricochet House Concerts (Salt Lake City, UT)
“Mindy Dillard’s music resonates with truth and heart and rockstar power!” – Art Yoga Cat (Santa Cruz Fringe Festival, CA)
1: What artist would you most love to work with?
I think I might get some pretty trippy songs after hanging out with Marina Abramović for a day. I'd also love to have tea with Clarissa Pinkola Estés.
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
Hey...definitely my banjo! (Named Ursula)
3: What was the worst advice?
"That song you wrote will never connect with anyone or win any contests." You know, you just never know what is going to connect with someone. People sometimes fear things that sound different from what they are used to.
4: What was your first concert?
My friend Paul Sanchez invited me to sing during his set at Artichoke Music in Portland, Oregon. I was terrified but I did it. I sang a new song, about Resistance.
5: What/where is the best road food?
My own olive oil and maple granola! Here's the recipe: 600 grams (6 cups) old-fashioned rolled oats 100 to 150 grams (about 2 to 3 loose cups) unsweetened coconut chips 400 grams nuts (maybe 3 to 4 cups? see headnote), chopped if you like 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 cup (240 ml) maple syrup, preferably Grade B 2/3 cup (160 ml) olive oil Preheat oven to 300 degrees Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and spread in an even layer on baking sheets. Bake for 40 minutes until golden. Stir every 15 minutes or so. Flip the sheets every to often to ensure even baking. It's really good. Let me know know how it works out for you: firstname.lastname@example.org
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
Carry your guitar or instrument of choice with you everywhere you go. You never know when someone will ask you to play...
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?
My gardener boyfriend...he helps me see the world more close up.