achieved great success in the late eighties with the highly-acclaimed band
Love & Money. he's since released a series of solo albums and has played
sessions for Karen Matheson, the Capercaillie vocalist, with whom he
toured in September/October 2008.
releases a new album - 'Strange Flowers' - in 2009.
Top 5 favourite albums of 2008?
Don't think I bought five albums..!
Love the Fleet Foxes,
the close harmonies evoke Buffalo Springfield, CSNY, irresistable for old
Ditto, the Robert Plant/Allison Krauss
record. Its not what anyone expected and that much is evident from the
first four bars - the best sounding record I've heard in years.
T- Bone Burnett's production is supernal, love the drums and I love Marc
Ribots guitar playing, he played on all my favourite Tom Waits albums...
The guitar solo on The Hold Steadys' Lord I Am Discouraged is a cool
Tom Waits at the
Playhouse in Edinburgh - you are witnessing one of the great performers in
the history of music - elements of Beefheart/Charlie Chaplin/James Brown -
The Radiohead show really took me by
surprise - the best sound I've ever heard at an outdoor concert and the
band were unbelievably tight and funky and a lovely bunch of geezers to
Any good discoveries this year that you'd like to share?
The Story Of Edgar Sawtelle was probably the best book I read this year -
Hamlet meets The Call Of The Wild (sic).
What sort of year have you had?
I've had a good year in that I've been finishing my album and we are just
mixing it now. Its very difficult given the state of the music business to
expect too much from anything but that said, I'm very happy with it.
I think the beauty of being a musician is that
it is by its very nature a dreamers' profession - we all think that maybe
some day our ship might come in...I do realise that in my case its more
likely to be a rowing boat..
Immediate plans for the future/2009?
I'd love to tour the record with a band, but we shall
have to wait and see, I have a full band show at the ABC in Glasgow in
January to launch Strange Flowers and I hope? to pick up a couple of
festivals during the summer.
World domination or
Interview and gig review
10 Questions with...
James Grant was Featured Artist on
GRTR! Radio in September 2008 and is a regular inclusion in the afternoon
sequence, (14.00 - 16.00 GMT Mon-Fri)
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