Page 115

Hooked on the process, soon enough, jams started turning into gigs. Which is how, in 2011, Kerl got hooked up with Borgman. “Koda [Kerl] got a job playing this upscale wedding and invited me to play with him,” explains Borgman. However, Kerl tells the story a bit differently. “I thought, why not invite this really pretty girl—who also plays a mean fiddle—to sit in with me and make the gig all the better?” Pursuing the instinct, when Kerl and Borgman jammed for the first time, they hit it off immediately. “Our sounds just gelled,” says Kerl. “It was like finding my musical soulmate, like I’d written these songs with her in mind.” The two had similar stylistic approaches to music, running bluegrass and Americana influences through a blender of Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Townes Van Zandt and John Prine. Following the wedding gig, thrilled with the prospect of honing their sound, Kerl and Borgman began to play locally. “We realized it was completely possible to feed ourselves, drink and make a little bit of money by playing,” says Borgman. “Yeah, that was about as far as our ambition went,” adds Kerl. “Whereas I, on the other hand, I just wanted an excuse to continue making music with this beautiful human being.” Only, soon enough, the duo had made a name for themselves. And, with the encouragement of friends and fans, decided to expand into a full-on band. At first, tapping pickers they’d met while gigging, players came and went. One by one, within a few months, the lineup solidified, and Chamomile and Whiskey was born. “About a year after forming, we got some big opening gigs with bands like the Hackensaw Boys and Rusted Root, which propelled us into a whole new realm and, ultimately, got us into the Jefferson,” says Deibler. Presently, with the band working on its second studio album, Kerl and company are hoping the effort will provide them with a similar thrust. “We’re looking to grow our audience and get our music out there to as many people as possible,” he says. “We’ve got a European tour in the works, and we’re hoping to be playing some of the bigger national festivals next year…So yeah, while we’ve come a long way, we can see just how much further we want to go.” ~

W&CLiving.com | 113

Profile for Ivy Publications

Wine & Country Living Fall 2016  

Charlottesville Wine & Country Living Fall 2016

Wine & Country Living Fall 2016  

Charlottesville Wine & Country Living Fall 2016