Reviewed for the Paper of Record.
01 Drunken Poet’s Dream
02 Wild as a Turkey
04 I Got a Gig
05 Faulker Street
07 Little Rock
08 Arkansas Blues
09 Good Friends
10 Bad Liver and a Broken Heart
11 Girl Downtown
13 She Left Me for Jesus
14 I Don’t Wanna Grow Up
15 (new Christmas song written “just the other day”)
16 Highway 87
17 Down the Road Tonight
18 Long Way Home
19 Wish I Hadn’t Stayed So Long
20 A Lover Like You
Having had the opportunity in recent months to interview (with varying degrees of success) more and more musicians, artists, and other persons of note (some of whom are world-class interviewers in their own right), I find myself increasingly appreciative of the interviewer’s art. Getting people to relax and talk about themselves is not as easy as Terry Gross makes it sound, people! That’s why today I am particularly in awe of one journalist’s uncanny ability to get inside the mind of his subject in a way that uncovers something of the man’s creative instinct while leaving his mystique undimmed.
Ladies and germs, I give you Tom Waits’s interview with Tom Waits.
I only wish he would have asked himself why his Glitter and Doom Tour is currently scheduled to come no closer to Our Nation’s Capitol than Atlanta. Boo! Hiss!
Reviewed today in Media Mix: Dan Zanes self-described “pro-immigration” album for kids and Scarlett Johansson’s full-length tribute to Tom Waits — because you demanded it, America!