Q: You recently released a new album “Bridges.” Can you tell us about it?
A: “Bridges” was just a two-year labor of love. So many songs just came out of thin air that just exceeded any of our expectations. I got to work with some incredible producers and co-writers. And I wanted to take the formula, so to speak, of kind of the first couple of albums and modernize that and just sing my ass off with songs that I felt were personal and inspiring. And so as ever, my albums are a little hard to define and describe, but it’s one of my favorites that I’ve ever done.
Q: Looking back, who have been your musical influences?
A: Well, I mean growing up I loved great storytellers. I loved Carole King and Paul Simon and Peter Gabriel and people who twisted genres and had voices that were very unique, whether it was the Three Tenors or Bjork, people that I could listen to and knew it was them within three seconds. And I loved rhythm, I loved world music. And then I grew up having more classical training and more theater training, and so the combination of getting a more traditional training with I think some of those other eclectic influences always blended each other into this lane that, like I said, has been hard to define, but has been my own for almost 20 years now.
George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.