Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 107
Starr with one of his
perpetual go-to axes
- a '57 Les Paul Junior.
or two you find yourself wanting to hear
You made fantastic use of the harmonyvocal parts.
Well, it's so new to me right now that I
love the it all, ya' know? Give me a
month or two and I'll find
Ye a h , t h e
Wood Brothers, Ch r i s
and Oliver, are old
vocals just stop me in
my tracks every time. I wanted
them on that song because it's threepart all the way through. They were kind
enough to help.
things to nitpick and wish
I'd done differently, but that happens with
every record. For a good while, I listened
over and over to the bookends - "Flesh and
Bone" and "Mother Mountain."
They have completely different feel
and attitude - the high-energy opener
and nuanced finalé.
Yeah, and it wasn't hard to decide that
"Mother Mountain" would close the album
because it's an uplifting song, lyrically...
hopeful. And if you listen to the very end,
after the fade you can hear a door open,
then rain. It was raining really hard one
day while we were working on vocals, and I
asked the engineer to capture it. So he stuck
a microphone out the door so we could hear
that real, live Georgia rain.
The song is such a cool mash-up of
bluegrass and folk with a bit of Zeppelin
III feel thanks to your open-tuned guitar.
Yeah, it's open E or D... I forget. That has
always been influential to me. There are
plenty of times when I'd rather listen to
Jimmy Page's acoustic playing than electric
because he was so imaginative with tunings.
And the cool slant he bought with them. To
this day, III is my favorite Zeppelin record
because of that.
Yeah. You can get hurdy gurdy with it
Overall, Find a Light is loaded with feel
There's always a give and take when it
comes to songs, and I've tried to keep that.
There's nothing I hate worse than putting
out a record that sounds the same from
beginning to end. The only band in the
world that can get away with that is AC/DC
(laughs). Our favorite albums are always a
listening experience - a total album, not just
a collection of singles. The Beatles taught us
how to do that.
Very true. Speaking of experiences,
you're already back on the road...
Yeah, we'll go all year. We've got a lot of
work to do - U.S. dates, then back to Europe.
We're playing the Ramblin' Man Fair June
30 or July 1 along with Gov't Mule, The
Cult, Mott the Hoople, Steve Earle. It's a real
mixed bag. And there will be full European
tour in the fall.