Q: What do you call the kind of music you play?
A:"We call it Appalachian Stomp Grass. That's a phrase I coined for my other band, but The Wild Rumpus personifies that.
"People want to call us bluegrass, but we're not. We have some of the same instrumentation and play some bluegrass, but we're more of a rock n' roll band that throws all kinds of things together, including bluegrass and swing."
Q: How much do you play in West Virginia?
A:"We play about 80 percent out of West Virginia. We do a lot of big music festivals. We have one of the main stage performances this year at MerleFest [in Wilkesboro, N.C.], and we've played there before. We've also played the Bristol Rhythm and Root Festival and the Americana Music Association [Festival and Conference] in Nashville.
"We're from here, but we don't really call ourselves a local band because we just don't play locally that much."
Q: Is that because you're more of an outdoors, festival kind of band?
A:"I wouldn't say that. We play the Boulevard Tavern in Charleston, and we love that because it gets a little crazy. You can kind of get that audience participation going. On the big stage, you're so removed from the audience. It takes a little getting used to, to be honest.
"There just aren't a lot of places for us to play in West Virginia, I guess."
Q: What's ahead for The Wild Rumpus?
A:"We had a hard year with the [June] storm and all. It kind of knocked us all about. We're also a three-piece now. I used to play banjo for the band, but now I'm on guitar, which is fine. I know how to play both.
"We kind of took a couple of months off and hope things are better for us in 2013. We've got a new album coming out called 'Shake Yer Rumpus.' That will be out before MerleFest, maybe around the first of April."
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.