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Cheetah Chrome

Survived the election and I’m making music, mostly the production side of things this year. I’m now Creative Director of Plowboy Records, a new Indie label in Nashville.

The label is owned by the grandson of Eddy Arnold, and one of our first projects is a tribute album. I’m in charge of doing A&R and production on the album. Over the past year I’ve worked with some of the best musicians in Nashville, in some of the most historic studios like RCA Studio B and the Quonset Hut.

It’s been a real honor me for to do this and I’ve loved every minute of it. Plus it gives me the chance to corrupt Country Music from within!

I never decided I needed to write the book that I did, I got cajoled into it. A friend, Michelle Lanci, was working at the publishing company. She and her boyfriend came to visit, and while we were out over dinner telling war stories, she said I should write a book. She kept bringing it up every time we spoke after that, so I wrote a sample chapter figuring that would be the end of it. Well, it wasn’t and I found myself sitting at a desk for the next year and a half writing a book.

It’s very strange to look back and remember all of the things that have happened, but it was very helpful as well. Once it’s out there, it’s out there, it’s sort of a fresh start. For instance, I remember that on the album Young Loud and Snotty, my setup was very simple, a no name Les Paul copy through a Sound City 50 watt head and 4x12 cab, full blast.

One of my favorite collaborations never got recorded. One night in the early 1980’s, when Richard Lloyd and I were neighbors, he called me up around 5am, wanted to jam. I had just come home from the bars, so I was game. When I got downstairs to his place, he had two guitars, his Strat, and this little plastic kid’s thing with no strings, just some buttons on the neck.

We didn’t let that stop us, and we passed the two back and forth for a good while.

My advice would be, find a time machine and go back to the 1970’s when there was still good rock n roll and a music industry. Watch what you sign, get yer money up front. Say no to drugs.

It’s nice to be remembered at all, with all of the distractions in the world today. Try to remember that The Beatles were very punk. Support indie labels and buy vinyl. Don’t put anything in your ear bigger than your elbow.

Published: In Print Issue Nº 01—2013
Interview by Vice Lesley, Thinkbabymusic Collective
Photography © Duffy’s Nightclub Minneapolis 1981