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This week SongTalk welcomed David McLachlan to our studio.
David McLachlan is a prolific songwriter with 7 albums released, one in the can, for release next Aug 2020. Several years ago David ventured to Nashville to record with some stellar A-list players. He found that experience to be so rewarding it changed the way he recorded all his subsequent albums. David talks about that and assorted live experiences. Watch for him coming up at Winterfolk in Toronto late Feb 2020, and then he heads back to the famous The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, early March 2020.
We talked with David about:
- what sparks his creative muse
- how he first started and why he records in Nashville
- what the recording process is like in Nashville
- how he ended up in a Scottish jail
- how he approaches the craft of songwriting
Juno-award winning recording artist Steve Strongman joined us to talk about his take on the blues. Steve is a multiple Maple Blues Award winner, 2019 International Blues Challenge Best Guitarist (solo/duo). He’s opened for BB King, Buddy Guy, Joe Cocker, Johnny Winter, and toured all over the world.
We talked about:
- What’s the blues anyway?
- What counts as a co-write when collaborating?
- How to write an understated chorus
- How to write with a “less is more” approach
- Using different guitar tunings to hack your songwriting
- Writing based on a title or phrase
- Writing lyrics that are open to interpretation
This is Song Talk Radio’s Episode 300! Yea for us!
The gang gets together to share suggestions on the perfect gifts for the songwriter in your life (let’s be honest, it’s you. You’re gonna by yourself this great stuff– and so you should!). Let us know what you want for the holidays in the comments below!
Listen to the show
note that we get a small commission from the Amazon links so we won’t have to sell Neel’s organs on the black market. FYI – he still has a kidney in great condition.
Thanks to Tony from yesterday’s Song Talk Meetup for bringing this amazing opportunity to us. Toronto Public Library’s Musician in Residence program offers up workshops, master classes, and a one-hour one-on-one with Rheostatics founder Dave Bidini.
Check out https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/musician-in-residence/ for details and to sign up. All you need is a Toronto Public Library card!