Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Since we are both life-long musicians, we had both written original music in the past. Our meeting was the beginning of a unique collaboration that has inspired us to write more than 70 songs in three years. We are each other's muse.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Besides falling off the stage once and an occasional equipment malfunction to overcome, nothing too crazy has happened...knock on wood.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Our meeting, collaborating, falling in love, releasing three albums in three years, and having more listeners than we could have imagined has been a high point for us.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Our songwriting approach is usually music first, then lyrics. Dale starts writing on the guitar. We often collaborate on the subject matter. Lisa adds melody and we work together on lyrics and arrangement. This isn't set in stone. Either of us could bring chords, lyrics, melodies, bridges, depending on mood/inspiration.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
The biggest challenge for us as Indie Artists is getting our music heard and noticed.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
We would love to share the stage with Tedeschi Trucks Band because they are great musicians. We love their music.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Our rehearsals are held at our drummer's place, "The M Bar". When we bring a new tune to the group, there is space for all of us to improvise/compose our own parts so everyone is free to express themselves musically. When it's time for a show, we choose songs from our catalog and polish them. There is generally a lot of fun banter and shenanigans mixed in with the serious preparation and ensemble work.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Our song Decoration Day was inspired by a heart-wrenching story Lisa's grandmother told her. It was a challenge to convey the sadness of the story with the lyrics. Dale perfectly matched the mood with his guitar. This song was the catalyst for us to record our first album, "Home"
What's coming up in the future?
We are planning to record a fourth album which will be a mix of electric and acoustic music. We are trying to get booked on as many Americana festivals as we can.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
About Saylor Dollar
Saylor Dollar, the distinctive band from Tallahassee, Florida, has an eclectic sound that defies genre constraints. Inspired by a broad spectrum of tunings and musical influences, their style may be best characterized as Americana with hints of blues, rock, and country. The band: Dale Dollar (guitarist/composer/lyricist), Lisa Saylor Dollar (vocalist/fiddler/keyboardist/composer/lyricist), David Marsh (Percussionist), and David Schrenk (Bassist/Music Theorist). Members of Saylor Dollar are life-long musicians with years of professional experience running the gamut from symphony orchestras to death metal. Their collaboration with each other began in 2018. Together, they have established a growing fan base with thousands of followers and monthly listeners. Dale and Lisa have released two Saylor Dollar acoustic albums. The full band’s debut album, “Relentless,” is available on all streaming platforms.