torsdagen den 22:e maj 2008
An interview with Charlee Porter
Just laid my hands on the debut album of the Stockholmian songbird Charlee Porter whom I done a couple of shows with and mosten often hang out with whenever I visit the Swedish capital city. We first met at a jazz concert last summer and recently played together in an urban church in Stockholm. I was very pleased to see that the album was released (on Seagull Songs) and I'm also quite thrilled to be mentioned in the thank you-list. The music is clearly influenced by country and bluegrass and really nice; check it out at: http://www.myspace.com/charleeporter now.
Me and Charlee on stage
Charlee, you're one of the funniest persons I know and we've come to the conclusion that we're very much alike, right? But which one of us is really most like you?
Well, dear Thomas, I have my moments when I sort of shine through your great personality, and that gets you in the shadow, and then you shine through mine.. So you know it's such a thin line, I can't really seperate us. I'm you, you're me. It's just the way it is. Live with it.
Sometimes it's hard. Like when you call me.. wooo, that's me talking...How is that possible? Is this real. No? Am I totally lost. Who's talking. Which one of us is thinking. Who are you. Me?
And that's when I put whipped cream on my nose and say Mjao.
Charlee Porter - s/t (seagull songs 2008)
You've just released your debut album. What are your thoughts about that? How would you describe it? What influence your music? Why doesn't it have a title?
Yes, finally an album!
All the fun, and struggles, I've had writing, giving birth, recording and singing these songs over and over, finally they've come together as one. I can leave them behind me, though I'm out playing and singing these songs. Now it's time for new songs to arise!
This record is a mix of pop, country and taditional folkmusic. What influences me is all the music I've ever heard and all that I've experienced in my life. A cliché! Well, music I'm listening to right now is Fleetwood Mac, Jewel, Allison Krauss, Kasey Chambers, Gillian Welch, M.Ward.. And I'm really into Flight of the concords!! And also...maybe what influenses me the most- my imagination!
When I pick up my guitar and start singing, I'll go anywhere I want. Like in so many fairytales, there is always a portal into an other world.. I see myself as a fictional person with this superpower to travel different worlds!
Thomas, I don't feel like the record needs a title. It's my first, and Charlee Porter says it all!
I know you made a musical trip to Nashville some year ago, how was that? I heard a story about Jewel?
I had a great time in Nashville. I've met awesome people and listened to a looot of music. It was such an inspiration for me to get on a plane away from the cold winter in Stockholm, and to get off in a warm and sunny Nashville. I wrote the song "My great grandma" on the plane. I also wrote an article about my trip, sort of a diary, for a Swedish music paper called "Studio". So I was kinda reporter/writer on my trip! I've got a good look into the music scene in Nashville, and made contact with a publisher company, Bluewater music.
I met Nicolette Fontaine, an artist manager and music promoter, who's about to promote my music in Nashville. And about Jewel.. Well, I spend some time with a swedish bass player called
Victor Brodén, and he knew about this place called "Fuel" and that Jewel was going to make a secret guestperformance there. She was great and at one point she needed an extra Capo.. so I lend her mine, which I always carry in my purse. That's it. Not a big story. But now I'll never go to sleep without it. Don't tell Jewel.
You have taken some pictures of me (not naughty but VERY silly), what do I have to do to make sure you don't spread them?
Not naughty? Well I believe we have different definitions of what's naughty
then.. Nooo, we would never do the naughty ones!! Hmm, I'll have to think about that..
Finally, if you would make a cover version of a song what would that be and if you would have a dream-date for making a duet (living or dead person) who would that be?
Oh, you so want me to pick one of you songs now, right? No no no, I'm the one who's got the silly pictures you know! The song would be "Brand new key" with Melanie. I love that song. She's so
funny. The melody is wild. Hmm, duet. Ok, Dolly. I would love to meet her. Don't know about the dating part though.. And if I would pick a dead one, it would be Johnny Cash.