Black James and her MOUNTAIN BOY: Dance Folk For The Future

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Black James at the Firebird in early 2013.

Jennifer McDaniel is Black James

What I like most about St. Louis is... besides the architecture...culture clash. Sitting in the middle of it, turnin' into liquid and feelin' like I could fit in anywhere and be accepted. I was thinking about music I make and how I've kind of been evolving, and how everyone around me is OK with it. I don't feel stuck in a music clique, like I could go play music with punks, rappers, country bands, latin shows. It's very liberating in STL. FREEDUMB!!

I'm most inspired by... Water. USA. Kid Rock. 69.

I'm most productive when... I'm in my own little cubby hole. I hang my doo-dads around me on the walls. I want to feel like I'm inside a shrine. I space out. And forget about my physical life.

I've learned the most from... experimentation - trial and error, failure and success. There is no right way to do anything. You get an unexpected outcomes when you experiment. And that outcome becomes a piece of your personality and you begin to find your own voice. I don't really have a goal of what I want my music/art to be, I just keep massaging it until I feel satisfied. I used to be very regimented, but I'm trying to let it go and submit to my intuition.

Some of my favorite local bands are... Crisp Money Legend$, Escalade, Parisian. Not a band, but the Nightchaser: Southside Disco Night at Empire Hall - those DJs make me lose it.

The best post-show food in St. Louis is... I don't eat. Tall can Bud Light Lime. Vapor cig with green apple liquid. Bong rips.

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Previously from our Fill in the Blank series:
- Shitstorm
- Shark Dad
- The Uncredibles
- The Ded Bugs
- Stonechat
- Les Gruff and the Billy Goat
- Nato Caliph
- Jah Orah & KD Assassin
- Zagk Gibbons
- Britches
- The Maness Brothers
- Con Trails
- This City of Takers
- Syna So Pro
- Eric Hall
- Pink Sock
- Scrub
- Pet Rock the Musical
- The Glass Cavalry
- The Blu Skies
- Animal Teeth
- Popular Mechanics
- Brotherfather
- Bad Dates
- Beauty Pageant
- Pillow Talk
- The Tennis Lesson
- The Funs
- Brothers Lazaroff
- Quaere Verum
- Sarah Bollinger
- Little Big Bangs
- Everything Went Black
- Lions Eat Grass
- Kevin Harris
- Laika
- Heavy Horse
- Barely Free Partial Prisoners
- The Defeated County
- Lizzie Weber
- Kenshiro's
- B.E.L.L.A.
- Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship
- Humdrum
- The Blind Eyes

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