THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Pokey LaFarge

 |   |  2 min read

Pokey LaFarge: Central Time
THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Pokey LaFarge

American roots musician Pokey LaFarge sounds considerably older in his music than his 31 years. He reaches back to the days of Woody Guthrie in the Dustbowl Days, early ragtime, Western Swing, oldtime country blues and folk ballads for his inspiration.

And with clicked back hair and the lean demeanor of Hank Williams he also looks the part. But he insists his is not a retro sound, it is just American music that never went away . . . and which has informed wide swathes of jazz, alt.country, blues and post-Dylan folk music for the past few decades.

Jack White could certainly get it and has released a self-titled album for LaFarge (who played mandolin and sang on White's Blunderbuss album of 2012), and LaFarge has consistently picked up Americana awards.

He (and his band) are on their way for Womad and is playing others gigs outside that (see poster below) so time for him to answer our Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire.


The first musician whose music really affected you was . . .

Bob Dylan and Bill Monroe

Your first appearance on stage before an audience was . . . (And you were how old?)

Basement show. 18

If music was denied you, your other career choice would be . . .

Author

The three songs (yours, or by others) you would love everyone to hear because they are so emotionally moving are . . .

Louis Armstrong- St. James Infirmary. Sidney Bechet-Maple Leaf Rag. Bob Dylan-Anything off of 'Time Out of Mind'

The most unusual place you have performed would be . . .?

India

ontheroadThe most important book you have read is . . .? And why?

On the Road- It opened up my mind and the door to my own country. I was forever changed at 14

If you could get on stage with anyone it would be . . . (And you would play?)

Living- Merle Haggard and play 'Everybody Gets the Blues'.

Dead- Jimmie Rodgers and play 'My Rough and Rowdy Ways'

The three films you'd like anybody watch because they might understand you better are . . .

1. The Sandlot

2. Band of Brothers

3. Sweet and Lowdown

The last CD, vinyl album or download you bought was . . .

Hooten Hollers and S.E. Rogie

When you travel, what is it you most miss about your home country?

Certain foods, certain microbreweries, weather, music, brick buildings and certain people

The artist you most admire would be . . .

Lefty Frizzell or Jimmie Rodgers

Your favourite meal to share with friends would be . . .? (Care to share a simple recipe?)

BBQ

Do you practice every day, and if so for how long?

Yes. Depends on time

David Bowie sang, “Five years, that's all we've got . . .” If that were true, you would spend them where, doing . . .?

Exactly what I'm doing now

For more on Womad Taranaki artists including reviews, interviews and recipes, see here.

pokeyTOUR


Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   The Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire articles index

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Reuben Bonner of An Emerald City

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Reuben Bonner of An Emerald City

The Berlin-based New Zealand rock band An Emerald City have been refreshingly unlike any other local band. Their self-titled debut EP of 2008 showed them occupyng the territory between ambient... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Brayden Jeffrey

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Brayden Jeffrey

Each year the University of Auckland's School of Music holds a songwriter competition with contestants drawn from their Popular Music courses, this year there are five contestants and Elsewhere is... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

UTE LEMPER INTERVIEWED (2003): The ice maiden cometh

UTE LEMPER INTERVIEWED (2003): The ice maiden cometh

Midnight on a warm Wednesday in New York City, the Gotham of the Great Republic. The German cabaret maven has come home early from a recording studio across town so, sure, she has plenty of time to... > Read more

GUEST WRITER JEFFREY PAPAROA HOLMAN introduces his acclaimed memoir The Lost Pilot

GUEST WRITER JEFFREY PAPAROA HOLMAN introduces his acclaimed memoir The Lost Pilot

On a day in September 1972 in my mother’s house at 11 Franklin Street, Greymouth, my father shuffled across the room in his dressing gown and broke down in my arms. He had just been... > Read more