Leading up to the 2013 Christmas Jam, we’re running a series of Q&A interviews with some of the performing artists. Here, we talk to Aquarium Rescue Unit drummer Jeff Sipe.
Xpress: Who are you most excited to jam with at Christmas Jam?
Jeff Sipe: All my buddies who will be there. Jimmy Herring and Bruce Hampton and I go way back to the 1980s, so we have a lot of great musical memories.
What’s your favorite Christmas song?
“Drummer Boy” of course. “Me and My drum.”
Other than playing the festival, is there anything else you’re excited about doing while you’re in Asheville?
I enjoy the chocolate shops in town. Yum!
What are some themes or narratives you’ve been working with recently in your music?
We are including themes of love and compassion inspired by John Coltrane songs, MLK speeches and Indian music. Also, American Civil war songs and the Appalachian song book.
Do you have anything special planned for your Christmas Jam set?
Oh yes, but that’s a surprise. We hope more people benefit from this year’s donation to the homeless. This is a great opportunity to give.