Cross Record is vocalist Emily Cross and her husband, Dan Duszynski. The couple live a seemingly idyllic life in dusty Dripping Springs, Texas. Reading their bio, you’d believe Cross and Dyszynski fled to the tiny town of 1,788 to escape the hustle-bustle of their former home in Chicago, having “grown fed up with the violence and lack of warmth.” Good story, until you realize the Dripping Springs is located just 24 miles west of Austin, and includes among its residents (according to Wikipedia) Sam Bean of Iron & Wine, Johnny Gimble of the Texas Playboys and Kurt Neumann of BoDeans, and so on.
The contrast is important. Because despite being a half-hour away from one of the largest music cities on the planet, Dripping Springs is also known as the Gateway to the Hill Country. It is, indeed, isolated, especially if you live on an 18-acre rented ranch, which they do. That remoteness permeates Cross Record’s new album, Wabi-Sabi (2016, Ba Da Bing), a wispy collection of big-horizon music often broken mid-song by lightning-crash distortion and/or percussion, as if saying no matter how you try to escape, the din of life will keep on finding you.
We asked Cross Record to take our Ten Questions survey. Emily answered most of them, with help from Dan. Here’s what they had to say:
1. What is your favorite album?
Emily Cross: It changes, depending on my mood. Right now it’s ANTI by Rihanna.
2. What is your least favorite song?
Dan Dyszynski: “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz.. “It’s the whitest, most generic, singer-songwriter-reggae-ripoff-piece-of-shit in the world”
3. What do you enjoy most about being in a band?
Sharing, communicating, connecting, smiling, making friends.
4. What do you hate about being in a band?
5. What is your favorite substance (legal or illegal)?
It’d have to be water. I’m made out of mostly water.
6. What city or town do you love to perform?
7. What city or town did you have your worst gig (and why)?
Honestly, I don’t like to think about or dwell on my “worst gigs.” Even the worst of shows provide me with some sort of valuable experience. I often feel pretty terrible about my performances, so no single one really stands out in my mind.
8. How do you pay your bills?
I’m a nanny, and I’ve had about a million little odd-jobs.
9. What one profession other than music would you like to attempt; what one profession would you absolutely hate to do?
Full-time animal activist or animal sanctuary owner. Certified Public Accountant.
10. What are the stories you’ve heard about Omaha, Nebraska?
I haven’t heard any stories about Omaha, Nebraska. I’ll have some, soon.
Cross Record plays with Simon Joyner & the Ghosts and Those Far Out Arrows Thursday, May 5, at O’Leaver’s, 1322 So. Saddle Creek Rd. Showtime is 9 p.m. Admission is $6. For more information, go to liveatoleavers.com.