Steve Wynn is niet alleen de ex-frontman van The Dream Syndicate, een van de bands uit de jaren ’80 die mee de grondleggers van de Amerikaanse indierock scene waren. Hij is ook een briljante songwriter die al meer dan 300 van zijn nummers opgenomen en uitgevoerd zag worden door o.a. REM, The Black Crowes, Yo la Tengo. Daarenboven is hij ook een begenadigd gitarist die dit voorjaar met zijn electrische gitaar op solotour gaat door Europa. "And instead of the usual acoustic, folkie route, I'll be heading out with my electric guitar, an amplifier and the chance to wrestle the songs from a whisper to a roar." Eentje om naar uit te kijken, zo blijkt ook uit deze lovende kritieken: "One of rock's true heroes of the underground." - Philadelphia Weekly "The ex-Dream Syndicate frontman's a veritable Ph.D. of timeless rock songcraft" - Chicago Tribune
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Happy New Year, everyone. I'm writing this from my home in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, USA, The World. And I emphasize that last part of my personal address. Food from Tibet, Thailand, Columbia, Mexico, India, Ecuador and more beckon from just around the corner. The tiny, bustling and always enticing Terraza 7 club last night featured a Cuban-tinged jazz combo that I watched from beneath the metal grating catwalk on which they played over a bar that was doling out bright red rum concoctions. There's a sense around here of constant travel without straying too far from home.
It's good to be home but it's also good to be on the move.
And there was a lot of movement in 2014. I did more shows with The Baseball Project than any year before and it was also the most active year for The Dream Syndicate since we reunited a couple of years ago. There weren't much in the way of solo shows - a few down at South By Southwest, a few more locally - but that will change in the coming months.
First off, I'll be doing some shows this week opening for Ian Hunter in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Juan Capistrano. Just me, an acoustic guitar and my old pal Robert Lloyd adding commentary on mandolin and accordion. And then down below the border for my fourth visit to the Todos Santos Music Festival. I'll be mixing and matching with various pals (mostly from The Baseball Project) during 10 days of gigs that will also include The Jayhawks, Old '97s, M. Ward, Conor Oberst, the Drive By Truckers, Kev'n Kinney and more.
From there it's over to Oslo where I'll be working on music for the fourth season of Dag, easily my favorite show on TV. And that's an unfair tease since, unless you live in Norway, it's impossible to see (I got my subtitled copy of the DVD from the director Øystein Karlsen who used some of my songs in earlier seasons). But it will hopefully get released or maybe even remade here in the States sometime soon so you all can check it out. It's a well-written dark comedy about a misanthropic, agoraphobic couples counselor. And I've been brought on to supply the bulk of the music for the current season. It will be cold, dark and, hence, very productive in Norway in late January.
And then back home to get ready for my upcoming Solo, Electric (words capitalized since it's not only the description but the name of the tour) of Europe in February and March. I'm just finishing a tour-only CD of some of the songs I'll be playing on the tour - there will be only 500 copies and each will have original and unique artwork. But more about that later. I'm excited about the tour since it will give me the chance to revisit and reconfigure old tunes in a new setting.
And then? Back home for a Baseball Project spring training tour in Florida with more dates for the band coming in May. And sometime next year I'll be in the studio with The Dream Syndicate for the first time since 1988. Oh, and a new solo record as well.
But for now? The suitcase will stay in the closet for a few hours more. There are Himalayan snacks down the street and movies to rent. I hope to see you all soon.