Will Kimbrough talks about social networking taking over the world, conversations with guitars, and his “Zen sex poetry over a blues beat” song. He also sets up and plays three tracks from his latest solo album, Sideshow Love.
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Will Kimbrough Info
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Will Kimbrough interview recap
Calvin asks Will Kimbrough about whether there is a particular motivation or theme running through his new solo album, Sideshow Love. Will Kimbrough says that "It's love songs with a twist and about the way people act to each other." He goes on to talk about how everyone is in such constant constant communication "They all come out of what's going on in life. Now days were' communicating constantly. if you've got a best friend you're texting with all day. They might live in Australia or they might live in Mississippi. So you can keep up with people on a minute level. There's a lot of things going on in people's lives that you sort of hear about sometimes week by week, sometimes day by day, sometimes hour by hour, sometimes minute by minute. I witnessed the dissolving of a friends marriage. It's all fine now, but it was a tough time for him. I was on sort of that hour by hour basis with him, so I was inspired to make up a lot of songs. The way the album worked out as a story line, it sort of starts you on Saturday night and you've met somebody and maybe you've got a crush. And then it kind of goes through Saturday night and Sunday morning, as a metaphor for a relationship that starts out one way and then hes in the directions that life takes us, all the unexpected twists and turns. Not to make it too complicated, I also just had 12 songs that I liked and thought they fit together.[laughs.]"
Will Kimbrough sets up "When Your Lovin' Comes Around." Will Kimbrough talks about his long standing collaboration with Jeff Finlin over the years. He tells the story of meeting him when Jeff was a drummer. But then we started writing songs and Jeff moved to Colorado. But they would exchange lyrics by mail and collaborate together. This is a song where Jeff wrote some lyrics, Will worked on the lyrics some and wrote a melody for it. Will Kimbrough also says, "it's a little bit of a tribute to JJ Cale, the way the music goes. It's real laid back. It's bluesy. I also like the lyrics a lot. They're kind of Zen poetry about the blues and someone your attracted to. It's like Zen sex poetry over a blues beat." He also talks about how the song is a "conversation with a guitar, every line has a guitar answering it."
[Calvin plays "When Your Lovin' Comes Around" from Sideshow Love by Will Kimbrough.]
Calvin asks about his work touring with so many other artists and whether it taught him a lot about performing. He talks about touring with Emmylou Harris, Todd Snider, Rodney Crowell and Jimmy Buffett. "You can't help but pay attention to them. For one thing, in the nicest possible way, they are your boss. But you're also with these master performers and writers and singers and players. So even if you didn't want to be influenced by them you would be.. The best relationships then become collaborations. Todd Snider. we've written a lot together and recorded together, He's reached out to me to and asked me to be a producer a couple of times. I produced East Nashville Skyline. Rodney, I played on a couple of his records. So it becomes a collaboration in addition to a dependency on needing a harmony singer and lead guitar. [laughs]"
Will Kimbrough sets up "Sideshow Love." He says, "It's very inspired by Dr. John, Trace Daly (sp?), Los Lobos. It's just fun really.... The song is about a couple whose love is so perfect they become celebrities. Nobody will leave them alone when all they want in this world is to be left alone, just the two of them. They become like a circus sideshow because everyone wants to know what's going on with these two people who love each other like nobody's ever loved before."
[Calvin plays "Sideshow Love" from Sideshow Love by Will Kimbrough.]
Calvin asks Will Kimbrough about his "Lick Of The Day" series on You Tube. He says, "Well you know it's a social networking world now. Everything's just a by product of social networking. You're into music, but that's just the background for your social networking. [laughs]." He says in 2010 he decided to release videos where he performed one song a week from the album, where he performs it solo and talks about it musically. After he got through all the songs on the album and then just kept doing it for 110 straight weeks and he still does it. He says it's sometimes it's a bit of a lesson. Sometimes it's in response to requests from his fans.
Will Kimbrough sets up "I Want Too Much." He says, "This is the one that comes directly from my friend's marriage falling apart. They were going to counseling and trying to save their marriage. Ultimately they knew they weren't going to be able to. But along the way the husband and wife learned a lot about themselves and I learned a lot about myself, listening to my friend and his now ex-wife talk about it, about human nature. This song is on the one hand about someone laying bare all his. On the other hand it's about what might possibly lurk in all people. Greed and lust and longing and a roving eye. It's also sort of a prayer saying "I want to much, Help me. Help me great spirit of the universe calm myself down,"
[Calvin plays "I Want Too Much" from Sideshow Love by Will Kimbrough.]
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