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Q&A September 2012, Part II
10/21/2012 (updated 10/22/2012)

I read Patrick Humphries's biography many years ago and always wondered what you thought of it: Was it accurate? Fair? A piece of gossipy trash? Also, have you ever thought of writing an autobiography, or any other type of book for that matter? Thanks, Chris

I thought Patrick's book was accurate, generous, and far from gossipy. Biographies are always snapshots, even ones that run to 1,000 pages, so my reaction to reading it was to see all the stuff inevitably left out - you can't include everything, but if it gets and update at some point, I could offer a few more morsels. Patrick seems fairly serious about updating the Fairport book he wrote, 'Meet On The Ledge'.

 

 

Congratulations for breaking new ground as a 'foreigner' at the recent Americana Music Association Festival in Nashville and for being recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting! Though I've lived in Tennessee most of my life, my first time at the Ryman was at The Awards show. The show was magical and your collaborative performances during the "Green Onions" opening and "The Weight" as the grand finale really created and captured the energy, spirit, and ambience of the evening. I'm glad more of the folks at the Festival had the opportunity to hear Vincent and your other stuff during the show and at other venues. I really appreciated what you said during your acceptance speech about the connections of English/Irish/Scottish, Appalachian, old-time, and country music. Could you please elaborate a bit more - I think it bears repeating. And one other question:  can we expect to see any accessorizing to your concert wardrobe with sequins, beads, or rhinestones? Thanks as always for sharing your gifts, your Brit wit, and crossing and mixing those musical genre lines which often seem to be etched in stone!

American music has its roots in other places. English, Scots and Irish settled in those remote communities in the Appalachians, and in some cases preserved the old ballads and tunes better than back home in Europe. Bluegrass is basically Anglo-Celtic music with a strong blues influence. Country and western sounds totally Scottish to me. In many ways, these threads sound more honest than white blues bands stomping with lack of subtlety all over Chicago blues as if they invented it.

 

 

Despite the difference in musical styles, RT & the Tedeschi-Trucks Band are two of my favorite musicians/bands. So I have to ask about your experience in opening for them at the Beacon? Did you have a chance to see any of their show, or them yours? Did you and Derek (or Susan) get to trade guitar licks? What was your sense of how the audience, many of whom were presumably there to see TTB and may not have been familiar with your music, responded? Thanks. Russ in PA.

In the opening slot, there are always people still finding their seats, so you allow for a bit of movement and disruption in the audience. In spite of this, I felt I got a good response from the Tedeschi/Trucks crowd. I've been a fan of their musics separately, so it was great to watch about half their set before I had to leave. We did discuss the possibility of doing something together, if it ever happened again.

Re: Pete Zorn
Is Pete any relation to the New York musician John Zorn. Also as I know you are a cricket fan I recommend the autobiography of  the late Tom Cartwright - old school player. Great Cricketer - better man. Best Regards, Bill Toronto

Pete is not related to John Zorn. He is, however, brother of Bill Zorn, banjoist currently with the Kingston Trio, and Dave Zorn, until recently one of the newscasters on the excellent KNX radio station in Los Angeles.

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