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I had only met Reb Fountain briefly – but we had talked, previously, of doing the podcast. I’ve been a big fan of her music for a while now. I remember, over a decade ago, she released a couple of albums that had something about them, they were different. She was good.
But then she ‘disappeared’. There was plenty on in her life – as you’ll hear in this podcast episode.
But she has remerged over the last half-decade or so, with a couple of brilliant releases – I just love the Hopeful // Hopeless EP, I think it’s a masterpiece.
She’s also been touring as not just a solo artist but as a backing vocalist/collaborator – and over the years she’s turned out to work as part of The Eastern, or with the Neil Finn choir and band; as backing vocalist and accompanist for Finn Andrews, as part of all-star tributes to the music of David Bowie and The Band. Or putting on her own tribute to Nick Cave.
When I finally met Reb, properly, to record this conversation, she was on tour with The Warratahs.
We disappeared over the road and away from a Warratahs soundcheck and it was to the hustle and bustle of a Saturday afternoon café on a lovely Wellington day. So you will hear some background noise in this recorded conversation.
You’ll also hear some tough stories. We talk about suicide, depression, violence. Reb’s story is one of resilience and survival. It’s one of heart and “community”. It’s one of love and fight, grit, gumption and so much music.
I loved sitting down for this deep chat. It feels like we stole a moment and made the most of it. And I loved that aspect of it too.
I hope you enjoy hearing this.