Hi Johnny, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Howdy. I’m doing great, thanks. I’ve managed to stay out of Texas for most of the past 3 months, and that’s a win in my book. I hear it’s pretty warm there right about now.
Can you talk to us more about your new single “Love & War (In All Fairness)?”
“Love & War” was written as a bluegrass barnburner. Steve Collins (co-producer) suggested we slow it way down. I was very resistant at first. I wanted to do a real fast song but Steve convinced me it would be pretty cool to do it slow and throw in the big drums, kind of like a Levon Helm thing. I still don’t like my vocals. I think I picked the wrong key at the wrong time of day or something, because it sounds really strange to me, and not in a good way, but then I hardly ever like the way I sound anyway, so at least I’m consistent.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
No specific incident or event on this one. I just wanted to play with the tradition a little. I’m a believer in the whole “3 chords and the truth” ethos… but 4 or 5 chords and stretching the truth a little is probably more interesting.