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I had only met Nathan Haines one other time ahead of this conversation. We were in a bar a few years back. He was the main talent. I was the sideline guy playing some records between sets. We had a nice chat. I’d been a fan of Haines throughout his career and written – mostly favourably – about some of his albums and gigs. I’d enjoyed a lot of his music. And I enjoyed the chance to meet him and chat with him. We seemed to share some similar musical taste.
And then I wanted to approach Haines for the podcast and he announced very publicly – via Facebook no less – that he had throat cancer. He documented the journey, his recovery. He is cancer-free and playing music again. I was there to see him play when he could barely speak. It was an emotional return to the stage.
Nathan is back playing – when and where he can. He is rebuilding a career that has seen so many highs and a few lows too. He was in town recently for a corporate gig and he found time to sit and talk me through his life. He had recently sat with Gary Steel for a traditional interview – where he talked about starting over. So if you haven’t already you can read that here.
We sat in the hotel foyer (so you will hear some background noise) and Haines talked me through his life journey to date: child prodigy, musical family, early success, then huge success – addiction, disruption, return to routes and then cancer. We also talk about some of his heroes, many he not only met but would go on to work with and he talks about his family. And various tolls on him and those nearest and dearest to him. It was a huge, wide-ranging and emotional chat.
We didn’t even scratch the surface of some of his many stories…
I trust you’ll enjoy this one as much as I did when in the seat next to Haines hearing all of this first-hand.
Here now is episode 183 of Sweetman Podcast – my chat with Nathan Haines