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NICK LOWE INTERVIEWED (2009): As times go by

NICK LOWE INTERVIEWED (2009): As times go by

It is one of the ironies of Nick Lowe’s life that -- despite producing the first three Elvis Costello albums, the success of his solo debut Jesus of Cool in ‘78 (retitled Pure Pop for Now People in the more sensitive American market), being in the dream team with Cooder and drummer Jim Keltner on the exceptional John Hiatt album...

LARRY HENLEY INTERVIEWED (1993): The world beneath his wings

LARRY HENLEY INTERVIEWED (1993): The world beneath his wings

On this slightly hung-over weekday morning Larry Henley doesn’t look the kind of man whose words have touched a generation. He speaks with a quiet, modest and slow-drag Texas accent and seems too self-effacing for someone whose song lyrics have been recited at funerals and marriages, during intimate moments by way of love or apology,...

JIMMY WEBB INTERVIEWED (2005). The songwriter's songwriter

JIMMY WEBB INTERVIEWED (2005). The songwriter's songwriter

When Jimmy Webb, one of the most sophisticated and successful songwriters of his generation, speaks of making music it is like eavesdropping on genius. And that is what he is considered to be by his peers and those who have followed his long career. Before he was 21 Webb had already written some of pop’s most enduring songs, including...

SCOTT WALKER INTERVIEWED (2006). Loneliness is a cloak you wear

SCOTT WALKER INTERVIEWED (2006). Loneliness is a cloak you wear

No one could accuse reclusive songwriter and singer Scott Walker of haste. In the time between Walker's last album Tilt and his latest The Drift in May 2006, film director Peter Jackson delivered The Frighteners, his Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong. Van Morrison coughed up 11 albums, and Oasis -- despite fraternal bickering, divorces and...

GUEST MUSICIAN DANIEL BOOBYER on being old school and making a vinyl record

GUEST MUSICIAN DANIEL BOOBYER on being old school and making a vinyl record

My new release Time Killed The Clock was sort of an unplanned birth. It mysteriously crept into existence with the first track of the same title being recorded on my trusty Pioneer cassette deck that was pulled from a skip several years ago - yes, I did say cassette. At the time I already had another album in the works to follow up...

GUEST MUSICIAN PAUL McLANEY on pinning down the elusive musical dream

GUEST MUSICIAN PAUL McLANEY on pinning down the elusive musical dream

In the majority of recording situations I have been in, either by accident or design, the initial idea or inspiration for a piece of music is necessarily altered by the filter of musicians and collaborators through which it passes. That is not to say the original thought is diluted; in many instances it is magnified. But nonetheless it...

RICHARD THOMPSON INTERVIEWED (2013): Audiences and the art of the song

RICHARD THOMPSON INTERVIEWED (2013): Audiences and the art of the song

Richard Thompson should need no introduction. He has been an acclaimed songwriter/guitarist for over 40 years dating back to his innovative work with the pioneering English folk-rock group Fairport Convention. There were albums with his wife (the ex) Linda – some of which appear in many critics favourite-ever lists -- then a solo...

EMMYLOU HARRIS INTERVIEWED (2013): Old friends and times long gone

EMMYLOU HARRIS INTERVIEWED (2013): Old friends and times long gone

That Emmylou Harris has known singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell since 1974 but has only now got round to recording a duet album with him makes her seem a little tardy. If not downright remiss. But at last here is Old Yellow Moon, a dozen songs with Crowell and typically superb musicianship from members of her touring band, Bill Payne...

GUEST MUSICIAN MATT LANGLEY on the genesis of his new album Virginia Avenue

GUEST MUSICIAN MATT LANGLEY on the genesis of his new album Virginia Avenue

Whaka oho rahi…Broad Bay. A place of plenty. I’ve certainly spent plenty of time here over the last few years in various cribs and little houses watching the harbour, trying to track her moods, walking to Portobello, writing, hitching into town, meeting locals, tourists, travellers. There’s nothing here at first...

TAMA WAIPARA INTERVIEWED (2013): Hope you like my new direction

TAMA WAIPARA INTERVIEWED (2013): Hope you like my new direction

About 10 minutes into a wide-ranging conversation with Tama Waipara – genial, self-effacing without false humility, and a ferociously gifted musician – we finally get around to talking specifically about his new album Fill Up the Silence. I compliment him on making “an album” (reviewed here) and define my terms: a...

GUEST MUSICIAN SAM PREBBLE writes about his South Pole project

GUEST MUSICIAN SAM PREBBLE writes about his South Pole project

Imagine: you’re at a party, and you’re talking about whatever it is you like to talk about at parties – your children, probably, or how you don’t understand music or fashion or politics any more. . . And then some lanky unshaven lummox approaches your little circle and tells you that when Scott arrived at the South...

STEVE EARLE INTERVIEWED (2013): Observations from the low road

STEVE EARLE INTERVIEWED (2013): Observations from the low road

No subject – be it family, money, his job or politics – is off-limits in a conversation with Steve Earle, if you can get a word in. A talker whose conversation takes off into interesting tangents, Earle is like Bruce Springsteen, a well-off musician who can relate to the working class and those suffering economic privation....

ROSANNE CASH INTERVIEWED (2014): The river that runs through her

ROSANNE CASH INTERVIEWED (2014): The river that runs through her

As the daughter of the late Johnny, Rosanne Cash could have had big boots to fill. But she wisely took out on her own path and, with both her first husband Rodney Crowell and her second John Leventhal, crafted country rock albums which staked out their own territory. Her career has been intermittently interrupt by illness and...

DAN WALSH INTERVIEWED (2014): Down the dark path

DAN WALSH INTERVIEWED (2014): Down the dark path

At 26, British musician Dan Walsh is living the dream. He's highly acclaimed by the media and his peers, has three albums behind him, writes a very interesting and often amusing touring blog at his website, last year was invited to collaborate with some Indian musicians in Kolkata, tours regularly in Britain and now has made his way to New...

BENMONT TENCH INTERVIEWED (2014): The Heartbreaker's solo flight

BENMONT TENCH INTERVIEWED (2014): The Heartbreaker's solo flight

Benmont Tench has considerable history. He was a teenage fan in Florida of a local group called Mudcrutch whom he saw, fell in love with, went to their shows and eventually joined them as their keyboard player. When Mudcrutch broke up in '75 he, founding member Tom Petty and guitarist Mike Campbell – by then in California...

DON WALKER INTERVIEWED (2104): Cold Chisel, apples, pears and Engelbert

DON WALKER INTERVIEWED (2104): Cold Chisel, apples, pears and Engelbert

The droll, dry and fiercely intelligent Don Walker is consider by many to be among Australia's greatest songwriters -- if not the greatest – because of his songs for Cold Chisel, with the band Catfish and also for Tex, Don and Charlie (with Tex Perkins and Charlie Owen) . . . as well as his lower profile solo releases. From...

GUEST SONGWRITERS TAMI NEILSON and DELANEY DAVIDSON on writing together for her new album Dynamite

GUEST SONGWRITERS TAMI NEILSON and DELANEY DAVIDSON on writing together for her new album Dynamite

Tami Neilson and Delaney Davidson have long been Elsewhere favourites in the broad church that is alt.country (and often not so alt). They have won shelves of awards for their songwriting and albums, and even more critical accolades. Neilson's new album Dynamite! -- released today -- sees her co-writing on a number of songs with Davidson...

ANE BRUN INTERVIEWED (2014): The selfish art of songwriting

ANE BRUN INTERVIEWED (2014): The selfish art of songwriting

Danish-born and Swedish-resident Ane Brun was one of the highlights at the recent Womad for her crafted songs and pure voice. And with a small ensemble (a drummer and a percussion player plus two women multi-instrumentalist backing singers) she presented quite a colourful palette of sounds. Now in her late 30s, she can look back on a...

GUEST SONGWRITER GREG FLEMING recalls making his new album Forget the Past

GUEST SONGWRITER GREG FLEMING recalls making his new album Forget the Past

A Sunday morning 2012. My daughter’s waiting for her poached eggs, my fiancé is checking out travel deals on the net (a much promised, much delayed New Mexico holiday - making records ain't cheap!) and I’m sitting at the table picking on my acoustic guitar. My previous album Edge of the City with my band The Trains...

JASON ISBELL INTERVIEWED (2014): Living in Different Days

JASON ISBELL INTERVIEWED (2014): Living in Different Days

Now well out on his own, Jason Isbell was formerly of Drive By Truckers for six years until 2007 and contributed some of their finest songs, like Dress Blue about the death of a school friend in Iraq, their classic Decoration Day and Danko/Manuel about the lives of the members of The Band. But he was young when he joined them, the road...

GREGORY PORTER INTERVIEWED (2014): Grammy jazz gentle giant

GREGORY PORTER INTERVIEWED (2014): Grammy jazz gentle giant

Gregory Porter is a big man with a soft voice. The former linebacker from San Diego slipped sideways into music with the assistance of a mentor Kamau Kenyatta, got a part on Broadway in the cast of It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues and recorded two albums for small labels which were both nominated for jazz Grammys. Then in January this...

SHARON O'NEILL INTERVIEWED (2014): Surviving in the fires of fame

SHARON O'NEILL INTERVIEWED (2014): Surviving in the fires of fame

Go back and look at the newspaper and magazine articles from the late Seventies and early Eighties if you can -- and I can because I kept many shoved inside her album covers -- and see what writers and reviewers were saying about Sharon O'Neill at the time. After her backstory had been told -- singing as a kid growing up in Nelson, with the...

RIVERS INTERVIEWED (2014): In the footsteps of the master

RIVERS INTERVIEWED (2014): In the footsteps of the master

Hamilton-based singer-songwriter Chris Baigent aka Rivers makes a fairly extravagant and unquantifiable claim on Facebook as the Number One Dylan Fan in New Zealand. And if you think you are a bigger fan, he challenges you to write in and say why. “No one's really challenged but a friend from Australia said I was like Dylan Fan...

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Glen Moffatt

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Glen Moffatt

For a while there, over a decade ago, the New Zealand country singer Glen Moffatt seemed to be everywhere, and at the close of the Nineties and into the new decade he released three excellent albums: Somewhere in New Zealand Tonight, A Place to Play and If That's What You Want. As those titles suggest, Moffatt could offer some commentary on...

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Mahoney Harris

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Mahoney Harris

Waiheke-based singer-songwriter Mahoney Harris is well known to many in the New Zealand music industry (as someone who takes care of licensing, promotion and such through her Aeroplane Music company), so perhaps its no surprise to see the list of local musical luminaries who appear on her debut album We Didn't Feel Alone. But frankly, you...

Mahoney Harris: We Didn't Feel Alone (mahoneyharris)

Mahoney Harris: We Didn't Feel Alone (mahoneyharris)

At the midpoint of this debut album by Auckland singer-songwriter Mahoney Harris there is a lyric that can stop you in your tracks: just when you think you've got her pegged there is Miss You. On a cursory listen this piece -- which comes with an elegant musical setting with guitar by Tom Healy -- seems to be a piece about a former partner:...

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: C.W. Stoneking

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: C.W. Stoneking

Australian CW Stoneking first came to Elsewhere's attention with his King Hokum debut album of original songs back in 2006, at which time I admitted, “this one's got me stumped”. The reason was because there was a thirtysomething white guy on the cover but the performer was clearly some old...

BADFINGER and HARRY NILSSON: Without them, no Without You

BADFINGER and HARRY NILSSON: Without them, no Without You

Behind most hit songs -- perhaps even behind many songs -- there can be an interesting story. As songwriters tell us in the Famous Elsewhere Songwriting Questionnaire, very few songs dropped fully formed into an artist's lap. The story behind Harry Nilsson winning a Grammy in 1973 for Without You is interesting, but also comes with a patina...

CHRIS ELDRIDGE of PUNCH BROTHERS INTERVIEWED (2015): The Radiohead of bluegrass

CHRIS ELDRIDGE of PUNCH BROTHERS INTERVIEWED (2015): The Radiohead of bluegrass

Towards the end of a digressive and interesting conversation with Chris Eldridge, guitarist for Punch Brothers, I ask if the description “bluegrass” -- which has most commonly been applied to their music -- has any relevance anymore. After all, they have edged their music towards art rock with classical references,...

DON McGLASHAN INTERVIEWED (2015): This time it's personal

DON McGLASHAN INTERVIEWED (2015): This time it's personal

In late January I was approached to write a brief biography for Don McGlashan to accompany the release of his new album Lucky Stars album. At the time I wasn't available but was sent an advance download of the 10 songs . . . and because the album release was some way off and many of the songs sounded so self-revelatory I made the time in...

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Sally Stockwell

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Sally Stockwell

While it's easy  to be dismissive of actors moving into the world of music (does anyone yearn for the return of Keanu Reeves in Dogstar?), there have been some creditable and credible results from thespians and screen stars writing and recording their own music. And into that crossover now steps actress Sally Stockwell who is best known...

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Abraham Kunin

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Abraham Kunin

Abraham Kunin is a musician with many hats: He is a member of the Auckland three-piece the Means who parlay a kind of soulful electro-jazz and released their debut EP The Ends 18 months ago, and with singer Esther Stephens (as Esther Stephens and the Means) they've just released their debut self-titled album. But he's also been in House...

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