Hearing Maggie Koerner sing for the first time is like that moment when you step from the chilly, shady side of the street to the sun-filled side; you’re instantly warmer, there’s more spring in your step and whatever distance you’ve got to walk suddenly doesn’t seem so far. She’s magnetic; her voice is full of warmth and soul. In addition to having a hell of a stage presence and buckets of talent, off stage, Maggie is genuinely kind and gracious. Plus, she’s a hell of a lot of fun to hang out with. Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, she happily resides in a beautiful little yellow house in the Bywater filled with good vibes and always something amazing spinning on the record player. Maggie spends her time writing and recording her own music with her band, collaborating with other local musicians and artists (like her roommate, the Revivalists’ David Shaw). Check out her wonderful self-produced album, “Neutral Ground”, out now on 4 Mile Drive Records. She is currently on tour with Galactic.
[DISCLAIMER: It is highly recommended that the reader put on Dr. John’s album ‘Desitively Bonnaroo’ while reading this interview for a fully interactive experience.]
What is your favorite word?: “Dilapidation. It’s a beautiful way to talk about something that’s completely falling apart. I like the D’s and P’s.”
The best song you’ve heard recently: “‘The Recipe’ by Kendrick Lamar. Every time I fucking hear it, it’s just like ‘YES!’ It makes me so happy. And it seems to work in summer and in fall. Some songs only work during certain seasons.”
What is your favorite place?: “The stage. Either driving in my car or on stage. It makes me feel free -- everybody has their cocoon; those are my cocoons, where I feel like I’m where I’m supposed to be.”
The last time you did something outside of your comfort zone: “I have such a huge comfort zone, I can’t remember the last time I did something I wasn’t pretty comfortable with.”
What do you think about when you’re brushing your teeth?: “Two days ago I was singing our last show in Macon, Georgia and rammed the mic into my teeth and chipped my tooth. So now I’m gonna be thinking, like, is that new part of my tooth going to be turning a different color? The guys from Galactic are like ‘You’re such a road warrior, it’s your first battle scar!’ ” I’ll remember Macon forever.”
Tell me your best joke: ***CENSORED*** (Something about jelly and jam that is absolutely hilarious and unrepeatable).
What is your guilty pleasure?: “Bravo television. I’ve gotten all the guys in Galactic watching it when we’re on the bus. They’re into it. Jeff Raines, the guitar player, he’s like ‘Mags! Let’s watch our girls!’”
A smile-inducing memory: “The last time my band was in town. They’re just like my brothers. We had such a great time playing together because for the first time in a long time I’m in the right mental place. There’s something very endearing about having younger brothers. I was the shitty big sister for a while, now I’m ready.”
What gets you out of bed in the morning?: “Dance parties with Dr. John on vinyl. Scoot n’ boogie my way to the kitchen, roll me up a cigarette and check my emails. You need to have a routine in the morning to get your brain right.”
Who is your KREWE?: “David Shaw, Kristin Diable, Galactic, Hunter Holder, Scott McKibben, my ladies, my divas, and my bandmates (Chris Lippincott, Trey Boudreaux, David Shirley, Joe Shirley). Oh, and definitely the Revivalists.”