With Valentine’s Day approaching, we asked a handful of Austin couples who play music together to share a few thoughts on how love and music intertwine in their relationships. We’ll post their responses here on Austin Music Source each day this week, and feature them in the Sunday print edition of the American-Statesman on Valentine’s Day.
CARLEY & JONNY WOLF
Carley and Jonny are partners in the indie band Ghost Wolves.
How they met:
Jonny: We met at the Kerrville Folk Festival in September 2007. Carley was working as an engineer on the live recording crew. I was playing drums in my old band, the Belleville Outfit. I tried to make some cute small talk back stage with her, and it didn’t really work at first. The next time I saw her, she asked me to play drums for a special Dia de los Muertos show she was playing. We have been playing music together ever since.
Their special song(s):
Jonny: Our band, the Ghost Wolves, was really lucky to open for Alejandro Escovedo on his tour when he put out “Big Station” . At the end of the tour, we were to be married back in Austin. Alejandro knew this, and every night at the shows, he would dedicate a slow country love song to us, usually a Gram Parsons song. We’d go right up to the front of the stage and two step around the dance floor. We did that every night for two weeks straight, all over the country. It was awesome, very romantic, and we felt so lucky to be there.
“Dream date” or ideal romantic night:
Carley: First class tickets on a nice airline. Joan Jett is in the suite next to ours, and we hang out a bunch with her. Lots of champagne and fresh fruit. Arriving in Tokyo and hitting all the great clothing stores, with an unlimited budget of course. We rock one out there and then back on the jet, first class, to New York. Spend the next morning walking through Central Park, drinking fancy coffee, see a Broadway play maybe in the afternoon. Dinner at our favorite vegan place in Manhattan followed by an intimate Tom Waits concert. Then back to Texas, but this time, Iggy Pop is flying us!
A Valentine’s Day or anniversary spent on the road together or apart:
Jonny: We did go see Tom Waits on our first anniversary. He played his first show in five years out in California, so we flew out to see it. It was amazing; he’s hilarious and had 20,000 people on their feet by the end of the set. The year after that, we spent our anniversary out over the Atlantic Ocean, on a plane coming back from our first tour of Europe. We watched movies together and drank airline wine, which I thought was pretty romantic, honestly.
Carley: Last year we were in Florence, Italy, on our anniversary, in the middle of a tour, but we had the night off and enjoyed all the city had to offer.
Plans for this Valentine’s Day:
Jonny: We actually have an awesome show booked at Stubb’s Jr. It’s our first annual Valentine’s Day Dance and we’re on a co-bill with the Happen-ins, one of our favorite local bands.
What a wedding:
Carley: At one point, our love of music really caused some issues. We took a three-week tour right before our wedding, which ended in a late-night set at a crazy Halloween party in Fort Worth. We got out of there at 5 a.m. and drove directly to the hill country, where we had three days of wedding stuff planned: a bonfire campout with the wedding party, a rehearsal dinner, the ceremony, and then a big party at the Continental Club in Austin. The weeks of nonexistent sleep caught up with us on the morning of our ceremony. We both somehow caught a stomach bug that had been going around, because we were physically so run down. We caught it BAD. We should have gone to the hospital, really, but we hobbled our way down the aisle, all of our family there to see it. We never should have played all of those crazy shows right up to our wedding! Should have listened to my mom about that, but we just couldn’t resist it.
- Check out an American-Statesman video of Ghost Wolves