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Music runs deep in Costner family

Published: Thursday, April 17, 2014 7:00 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:58 a.m. CDT
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Kevin Costner performs with his daughter, Lily Costner, at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles on July 14, 2012.
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Lily Costner
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Actor and musician Kevin Costner will perform with his band Modern West at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles, on Monday, April 21.

For the Costner family, performing music is a family affair.

Lily Costner will perform with her famous dad, actor Kevin Costner, when he brings his band, Modern West, to the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles, on Monday, April 21.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are available by calling 888-695-0888.

Kane County Chronicle Eric Schelkopf had the chance to talk to Lily Costner about the upcoming show.

Eric Schelkopf: Great talking to you. How were your shows this past weekend?
Lily Costner:
They were really great, a really wonderful turnout. My dad’s band has a great fan base.

Schelkopf: I understand you are going to sing “Oh, Malley-Mae,” the song that you wrote for the album “Famous for Killing Each Other: Music from and Inspired by Hatfields & McCoys.”
Yes, I will be singing that in my set.

Schelkopf: I know that you performed it last year at the Grand Ole Opry. What was that experience like?
It was really special. I don’t know if I will ever get another experience like that again. I just tried to soak it all in, and tried to slow down the moment as much as I could.

Schelkopf: Was there anything, in particular, that inspired you to write that song?
It’s hard to say what exactly it was about it. It’s a series of images.

The song itself comes from a child’s perspective, of being born into one of these families, Hatfields or McCoys, and not necessarily wanting to have that burden of that name, knowing that you are growing up just to potentially die in this feud.

Schelkopf: Does the fact that you are doing this with your dad make the experience even more enjoyable?
It certainly does. It’s a special experience to, No. 1, share the same passion as a parent, and then to actually go out and perform and to see that passion through together.

He plays his brand of music, and I am out there playing my brand of music, and then we get to do this duet together. It’s our special moment that nobody can ever take away from the two of us.

And we get to share it with perfect strangers who admire both of us.

Schelkopf: I know that you’ve had some acting parts in the past. Given that your dad is probably best known as being an actor, did he ever put pressure on you to get into the business?
No, no pressure at all. I was very lucky in that my parents exposed me to a lot of different things, my sister and brother included.

They exposed us to a lot of opportunities that were available to us. There was a lot of support and a lot of practicality about how you make a dream happen for yourself. They told us it takes a lot of hard work and practice.

Schelkopf: Do you want to do more acting or music or do you need both in your life?
I certainly feel like I want music in my life. I never really needed or desired to be in the acting world.

If our dad did a movie in the summertime, that was our summer camp. We’d go be with him on the sets, and sometimes we’d end up in those movies as extras or for fun, just because we were there and we wanted to be involved, we wanted to hang out.

Schelkopf: So, it sounds like his movies didn’t take him away from the family, that he tried to include you guys as much as possible.
They always worked really hard to keep us all together. Family was very important to all of us.

Schelkopf: Is there a lot of pressure just being the daughter of Kevin Costner?
I would say there could be if I let it, but I don’t think we ever looked at it that way. That would be a bit more of a selfish perspective for us to take because of all the opportunities that it has provided us and our family over the years.

Schelkopf: What are your short-term and long-term goals? Would you like to put an album out in the next year?
My motto is to take one day at a time. But I’m just going to see where it takes me. Like I said, I really like having music in my life. I’m still figuring out how you make that a career.

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