Molly Matthews, 38, is a member of Thankful Dirt and co-host of the monthly Songwriter Night, 8 p.m. Thursday at House of Bricks, 525 E. Grand Ave.
Q: How did Songwriter Night come about?
I talked to a lot of songwriters, and one thing that came up is how difficult it can be when you’re new to the area or new to songwriting to get your songs heard. At the same time, House of Bricks was trying to branch out from just being a metal and punk club.
We wanted acts to have an actual half-hour set to give people an idea of their work, not just a song or two.
Q: How do acts get selected for Songwriter Night?
They can get in touch through the Songwriter Night Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org. So far we’re doing it where the first to contact us is the first booked. It’s open to all genres as long as you play original music and can keep things stripped down. I don’t want to be picking and choosing who I think is good or not. The response has been awesome; we’re booked through September already.
Q: How does songwriting work with you and Darren (Matthews’ husband, Thankful Dirt partner and Songwriter Night co-host)?
It’s really collaborative. I don’t generally write music, I leave that to Darren because he’s really good at it. Sometimes he’ll have some music worked out and we’ll sit down and jam and start making things up. Other times it comes from things I’ve written in notebooks, or Darren will write a whole song sometimes. Almost every song we have is co-written.