I began writing songs in 1965. I began recording and touring in 1976. This will be my thirteenth solo album, called "HWY 62.".
I’m a songwriter. I don’t make records on deadline, I make them when I’ve got the songs. It’s the songs that tell me what to do, and when to do it. The songs seem to come in, from some unconscious place, and whenever they’re ready, wherever that is, I go to work getting them down.
My criteria is they need to be fresh, to be able to wake up people’s attention when they’re being heard. The song needs to be clear enough that I can walk into any bar or club in America and sing it, and the people will get what I’m saying, but it also needs to have the element of depth or mystery that will draw me back to sing it over and over, and the audience to listen again, and again to get more of what’s in it.
Then it’s time to record. This needs to be done with a group of musicians and others, who all want the same thing: to make a great recording. Everything played has to to be right, to contribute to the overall impact of the music. Recording sessions are like a mind-meld, everybody serving the same ideal. It’s all done in a timeless moment that somehow also beats the clock... In a way, it’s a gauntlet each song has to run, to make it onto an album with any magic intact.
The recording itself has to sound right. I realized a while back that analog tape remains the way to go. There’s a warmth to it that’s undeniable.`If it’s recorded on the right format it adds to the life of the music.
Anyhow, I've got the songs. I know the players and studio. I'm ready to do this.
Risks and challenges
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