When 23-year-old Thao Nguyen was a child, she boasted a talent that perhaps a fair percentage of her generation could claim as well, namely, an almost limitless capacity to absorb television. But even for a child who can concentrate on the tube’s benign blather for nine hours at a stretch, there comes a point when enough really is enough.
For Nguyen, that point came around age 12, when the Virginia native decided that the bland entertainment value of television was no longer sufficient to stimulate her young mind and she began searching her environment for something more active to take its place. That’s when learning guitar supplanted the allure of television programming.
As it turned out, Nguyen had an even greater capacity for guitar than she had for television. She began soaking up the influences of her surroundings and crafting her own songs from the broad palette of her inspirations. Nguyen was clearly paying attention to her songcraft as well. While in college, she recorded and released an EP and her full-length debut, Like the Linen. Although she claims to have been less than aggressive in her self-promotion efforts, her love of singer/songwriter Laura Viers’ work led her to make a momentous connection with then-head of the Kill Rock Stars label, Slim Moon.
Nguyen, constantly touring after the release of her last album Bee Stings, stops at Bogart’s to play the Hotel Café Tour with Rachael Yamagata, Meiko, Jaymay and Alice Russell. Read the full interview here.