ROADIE WITH THE RAYES, EPISODE 2: The DOOBIE BROTHERS
22nd November, 2020
by Rebecca and Jordan Stobbe · Collage by Tina Tona
As the scenery whipping past our windows faded from pine forests into endless farms of almonds, grapes, and citrus — we began exploring stories from the iconic California band, The Doobie Brothers. This episode is a lot more lighthearted; we chat about wild, youthful stories from The Doobie Bros entrance into the music scene, their evolution as a band, and their powerful, yet understated mark in rock history.
There was no one better to bring onto this episode than our good friends, Kris and Dicky. Their adventures in the music world remind us so much of what the independent musician lifestyle is all about — touring in beat up vans, playing any show you can get your hands on, living hand-to-mouth, and learning from the process.
We had a lot of laughs talking with them, but we also centered on some really important topics for musicians and any creative individuals right now. How is this unique time influencing our creative identities? How does creativity evolve overtime, especially through meaningful relationships with other inspirational friends and peers in music? It was so important to be able to touch on these themes — but also to be able to laugh about all the amazing times we’ve had playing music, and to know that eventually we will make more stories like these again.
Rebecca and Jordan Stobbe are sisters who front their duo folk-rock band, The Rayes. Their sound is built around intimate harmonies and catchy melodies, with inspiration drawn from 60s and 70s era bands and current musicians like HAIM, Brittany Howard, and Jade Bird.
Tina Tona is a 19-year-old multi-medium Rwandese/Ugandan artist from the DMV. They specialize in film photography and collage art, and use their work to highlight the nuances of Blackness and femininity. They are deeply inspired by black artists such as Solange and Andre 3000, and hope that one day their work can be used as a tool to engage with Afro-futurism the way theirs is.