GUY TORTORA INTERVIEW


WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO LATELY?


I've been going back recently to a brilliant old Ry Cooder album called "Paradise and Lunch" that has some great playing and great songs on it.  I am doing an mini-tour  in the UK with a fellow guitar player and friend Ben Tyzack (of the UK Spikedrivers) and we're looking at some of the old songs we might play together.  I've also been listening to a great album from a few years back called "Hadestown" by American singer/songwriter Anais Mitchell - the music is based on the story of Orpheus and Eurydice, and is really unique.



DID YOU EVER CENSOR YOURSELF IN A SONG ? 


Sometimes there are aspects of some of my songs that are autobiographical, and although I've never censored myself as such, I have thought twice about putting anything in a song that might touch a sensitive nerve in a friend or family member.  When you talk sometimes to others who were with you at some event, it's remarkable how often people remember very different things about it.  Sometimes names have to be changed to protect the innocent. 


OTHER THAN THE PEOPLE YOU'RE WITH NOW (OF COURSE THEY ARE THE BEST), BUT IF YOU COULD GET AN  MUSICIAN , LIVING OR DEAD, WHO WOULD BE IN YOUR ' DREAM BAND'?


That's a tough call:  maybe Motown bass player James Jamerson, drummer Jim Keltner, keys player Bill Payne from Little Feat or maybe Spooner Oldham from Muscle Shoals, King Kurtis on sax, Roland Kirk on flute, Jesse Ed Davis on guitar, but this list could go on and on . . . 


IF YOU HAD TO MAKE A PROTEST ALBUM TODAY , WHAT WOULD YOU TELL US?


I don't think protest albums have much power these days, we seem to have become immune to them.  But in the American context I think I'd be talking if I could about the great imbalance between the powers that be - the police in particular - and young men, especially young black men.  Too many have died for no good reason.  Another issue might be the social corrosion that seems to come from unrestrained capital.  Money and consuming are not the be all and end all, or the yardstick for a good life.


WHAT SONG OF YOURS ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF, AND WHY


"Cotton Was King" from my Living On Credit album is one song I'm proud of, half spoken - half sung, it's kind of poetic and unusual.  Others that I think work really well are "Sometimes She Cries" from Jefferson Drive, "Prodigal Song" from the album with that title, and "Boneyard" on the new album.  For me these are songs where the words and music seem to work really well together.


Bluesman In A Boneyard is out on July 13, 2015 and available to order from Amazon - UK, and also downloadable from Itunes, Amazon & elsewhere

Guy Tortora - Bluesman In A Boneyard


Op alweer zijn vijfde album laat Guy Tortora zich wederom van zijn beste kant zien. Wie de singer singer-songwriter kent van zijn eerdere werk weet wat hij mag verwachten. Nummers met verhalen die bol staan van emotie. Het album 'Bluesman In A Boneyard' telt 9 nummers waarvan er zeven van eigen hand zijn. Klein gehouden blues die je vastpakt bij de strot en past na de laatste noot weer loslaat.  De onderwerpen zijn divers maar nooit oppervlakkig.

Het in London opgenomen album is ook qua instrumenten dik in orde. Zo horen we naast de gitaar van Guy Tortora o.a  piano, viool, mondharmonica, trompet, accordeon  en een hammondorgel. 

Mijn favoriete nummer op dit fijne album is ' Live Fast' .