Get To Know: The Apache Relay

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Last weekend while in Columbus, I had the opportunity to interview one of my new favorite bands, The Apache Relay.

After listening to some of the band's music before heading to see them perform at this summer's Firefly Festival in Dover, Delaware, I knew the talented group of guys would soon be on the rise of the indie music scene.

The Apache Relay is rising from Nashville and considers their genre "indie roots". Their debut album released in 2011, American Nomad is full of easy listening tunes, perfect for these autumn days and summer nights. Their new album, expected to be released in spring of 2014 is sure to bring on the same vibe.

The band is currently touring around the United States and sending their love to audiences and fans around the country.

Empty Lighthouse had a chance to sit down and talk with Michael Ford Jr., a lead member of the indie band. Read further and be sure to check out The Apache Relay for some deep-rooted indie rock music.

EMPTY LIGHTHOUSE: How did you guys get your start in music?
THE APACHE RELAY: For Apache, there isn't really one moment in particular that I can point out.

We made a record almost immediately after forming and played a bunch of in-town shows, which led us finding a booking agent, management and so on.

EMPTY LIGHTHOUSE: How did you guys come together as The Apache Relay?
THE APACHE RELAY: The band met and formed at Belmont University in Nashville.

EMPTY LIGHTHOUSE: How did you come up with the name "The Apache Relay"?
THE APACHE RELAY: A buddy of ours in Nashville gave it to us, it's a reference from a 90's comedy.

EMPTY LIGHTHOUSE: Who do you consider your musical influences, both individually and as a group?
THE APACHE RELAY: Our music influences range from soul to psyche folk, it's quite diverse amongst the group.

A few groups that we all collectively love are The Beatles, WIlco and My Morning Jacket.

EMPTY LIGHTHOUSE: In spare time, who are some bands and artists you've been listening to?
THE APACHE RELAY: Currently, I've been listening to Bill Fox, Arctic Monkeys and Sparklehorse.

EMPTY LIGHTHOUSE: What has been your most memorable experience while touring?
THE APACHE RELAY: One of the most memorable moments I've had on tour was the Dixon, Illinois Gentleman Of The Road Stopover.

I truly loved everything about the experience I had there - the town was amazing, we had perfect weather, and as a band, I think the show we played that day was one of our best to date.

EMPTY LIGHTHOUSE: If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be and why?
THE APACHE RELAY: I would love to collaborate with Rick Hall. The records he produced in Muscle Shoals are some of my absolute favorites.

EMPTY LIGHTHOUSE: If you were stranded on an island, what 3 things would you want with you?
THE APACHE RELAY: Water, a guitar and a fishing pole.

EMPTY LIGHTHOUSE: What are your upcoming plans in regards to touring, recording and releases?
THE APACHE RELAY: I believe our plan at this point is to release our new album in the spring.

We are planning on doing a good amount of touring starting early winter that will continue through the rest of the year.

We look forward to seeing what else is in store with The Apache Relay, and to stay up-to-date with the indie band, visit their website at