Kristin Pinell

Instruments: Lead Guitar, Flute, Mandolin, Harmonica, Vocals.

The Gear: For live shows I use a 1967 Gibson SG and an old Marshall head paired with an Avatar cab and Celestion speakers. It gets me a real crunchy sound. I'm a one guitar/one man woman...until I get my road crew that is! I just want to plug in, get a great sound and go. Kurt found the SG in a shop in Hoboken, NJ and I immediately fell for the sound. For many years I played Gibson Les Pauls which I still use in the studio but I like the lighter SG on stage. It's got some serious mojo! Live I also have a collection of pedals that give me various levels of distortion, boost and effects. Fulltones, Boss mostly. Some of my other fave guitars/instruments in my studio arsenal are an electric sitar, Gibson lap steel, Yamaha flute, 72 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe, 64 Gretsch Nashville, Ric 12-string, Gibson 355.

Q: It's been 5 years since your last studio album, what big changes have you seen for yourself and The Grip Weeds?

KRISTIN: We've all focused on how to really make the songs work. We've tightened up the writing, the playing, the production. Also we've had to adjust to a whole change in the music industry. We have a team of people and a terrific record label, Rainbow Quartz, that are helping to spread the word but with the digital revolution, the recession,'s a whole new challenge.

Q: What are your favorite tracks on Strange Change Machine, and you're not allow to say "all of it"?

KRISTIN: Strange Change Machine- It's VERY Weedy-the 3-part harmonies and everyone plays nasty guitar. The Law- Classic Rick high on his soapbox-my favorite guitar work that I do. A very driving live song. Mistress Forest- Lose myself in the atmosphere and the harmonies. Written about a place that I love. Twister- Very McKurtney, Wacky Rick solo, catchy melody and harmonies. Thing of Beauty- Weeds on High, Fun and Sweaty.

Q: What significance does the title 'Strange Change Machine' hold for you?

KRISTIN: The whole way we record music, communicate, experience life seems to be centered on this little box we all have stuck in front of our faces -the computer! It wasn't like that when we started as a band but now it effects every aspect of our lives. I have this little saying that I'm always telling Kurt..."Get off of the web and into my world"....LOL! Also the title "Strange Change Machine" had a retro/futuristic feel that seems to capture our vibe right now. One of my favorite quotes from Goldmine magazine about us said that "It is easier to describe this band-- - as being on a mission to capture what is best about '60s group music for a new audience in the coming millennium."

Q: Anything you'd like to Change if you had the chance?

KRISTIN: Not in this life...maybe next time around.