Australian folkie Jordie Lane talks to Shane Gilchrist
about touring, his new album and a busy 12 months.
It has been a landmark year for Australian folkie Jordie
He has played a series of high-profile showcases in North
America, starred in the Australian premiere of theatre show
Grievous Angel: The Legend of Gram Parsons, toured Australia
in support of English bard Billy Bragg and started recording
his third album in Los Angeles.
Not one to sit still for long, Lane returns to New Zealand
(he last toured in December 2011) to perform five shows in
eight days, including a gig at Plato restaurant, Dunedin,
next Thursday, which will feature New Zealand Music Award
nominee Marlon Williams, of The Unfaithful Ways, and 2010
Apra Best Country Song Award winner Matt Langley, of Dunedin.
Lane prefers to play his songs alone. Though he occasionally
performs with a band at festivals, he enjoys the upfront
honesty of a solo show.
"I can literally go anywhere with my solo show. There is
no-one else who has to know where the song is going next,"
Lane explained from Melbourne earlier this week.
"It's more of an anything-goes experience. I can interact a
lot more with the audience, too, as I get a bit lonely up
"The first couple of years I was playing in tiny bars to a
handful of people. It has built up and I now have a bit of a
following, including in the United States, Canada and New
"But I've always just done what I do, so it's been
interesting to see how acoustic music has become more
Due for release early next year, Lane's new album follows
2011 release Blood Thinner, which was nominated for
Best Blues & Roots Album at the 2011 Australian
Independent Music Awards.
For Blood Thinner, the Melbourne-based folk troubadour
took a different approach to that employed on 2008 effort
Out went the guest musicians and studio gear; instead Lane
recorded the album on a four-track cassette recorder.
This time around, it seems Lane is looking for a bit more
polish. Certainly, his new single Fool For Love,
recorded in Los Angeles with Grammy Award-winning producer
Tom Biller (Kanye West, Beck, Fiona Apple), features
keyboards, a groovy walking bass, intricate percussion and
slick electric guitar phrasing.
"We are still in the process of making the new album. The
first single might not fly the flag for the rest of the
album, but it is definitely a big change instrumentally. I
didn't want to do just guitar and banjo this time around. I
wanted a drummer in a studio, to rock it out.
"The tricky thing is to find that special vibe where it
doesn't feel too affected."