To me, your
voice is reminiscent of Roy Orbison's, another singer I admire.
Did you ever listen to Roy growing up? What performers made an impression
on your style?
I have always loved Roy's songs. The depth of the arrangements,
especially at that early moment in rock and roll is unique. His
voice is remarkable, but even looking at the lyrics there is something
really special. I did listen to him but not with any intention to
try to emulate his style. I still love to put him and Tom Petty
on when I have to do any long drives.
with Nebraska's Mike Mogis on a few records. Why do you like working
with Mike, and will you be working with him again in the future?
Mike is a wonderful
engineer and also a fantastic musician. I would love to work again
with him. The two projects that I did with him there in Lincoln
are very special. The Pyramid Electric Co. and Ghost Tropic
are some of my favorite song cycles. I appreciate his ability to
translate non technical ideas that I have had into great sounding
recordings. I'm very busy working on the new record and don't exactly
have the map in my head as to what I want exactly out of it, but
I've learned a lot from Mike and hope that some of those techniques
and approaches that I admire in his work will follow me as I go.
in Nebraska a few times over the years. What are your impressions
(if any) of the state and its people?
I lived in Omaha
for a short time. I have always loved the Midwest and I never tire
of it or the people or the culture. I have been around the world
playing music and I still couldn't really define what it is about
Nebraska that I like so much. I do think it is an inspiring place
to write. Some people want to write the Great American Novel. When
I'm there, I try to write the Great American Song.
will you be playing in Omaha Aug. 26? Will it be a collection from
the box set or from all your earlier records, or new material?
This show will
be a cross section of songs from the new Sojourner record
as well as some older and brand new material.
Published in The Omaha Reader Aug. 22, 2007.
Copyright © 2007 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.