Now – as you probably know, as well as the usual platforms (this site, soundcloud, iTunes/Apple) you can now get to Sweetman Podcast on Spotify – follow it there and have it saved in your Spotify library.
Steve Gunn is an American guitarist and singer/songwriter. He has toured New Zealand fairly regularly across recent years – I met him very briefly a couple of years ago, ahead of one of his shows. I had interviewed him on the phone ahead of that tour and it was literally just a quick handshake at the bar, the promoter put us together in that moment – said, “Steve this is Simon, you guys spoke on the phone a few weeks ago”. We shook and both said something like, “oh yeah, that was a nice chat”.
I’m a fan of Steve’s playing and when I knew he was heading back to NZ in late 2019 I wondered if he’d be up for a longer chat, for the podcast. I asked the promoter – not expecting it would happen – but yes. Steve was into it. And so on a Sunday afternoon (ahead of his Wellington gig) in November, late in 2019, we sat down on the bar-stools at MOON in Newtown and had this chat.
You will hear some background noise – we’re in the bar while they’re serving – but the microphone is up close and so you will also hear our conversation front and centre.
We talked about a life on the road – working as primarily a solo musician. We talked about his most recent recordings and the death of his father which had informed some of his songwriting and then we got into nerding-out on The Beatles and other big-name music acts. And this is perhaps what I loved most about getting to talk to Gunn in this setting. Two music fans talking about music. You’ll hear, two thirds of the way through, me suggesting we wrap it up and Gunn wanting to talk some more. Which is cool…
I’ve linked above to the previous interview I wrote if you want further background. There’s also a link there to the review of the gig on the night after this conversation. I also want to put the review from his 2017 gig in Wellington right here because we start our chat with a discussion about a heckler Gunn had to deal with on that night. (I’ve reviewed many of his albums here too).
I hope you enjoy this.