Songs and Stories #144: Nashville Songwriter/Guitar Slinger Will Kimbrough

Click here to listen to the interview with Will Kimbrough (time = 26:21)

Here’s the second of a two-part interview with Nashville singer/songwriters Brigitte DeMeyer and Will Kimbrough. In this second half, we’ll focus on Will’s new CD, “Sideshow Love”.

(If you missed it, click here to listen to part one of the interview with Brigitte and Will.)

We continue our chat with a quick look at writing, comparing the “write every day,” “write when you’re inspired,” and “write when you have a deadline”-types of people. (Funny how a deadline can often give you a LOT of inspiration.) We also compare writing tools. Brigitte likes her iPhone and a leather notebook. Will prefers dictating to his phone, which often gives interesting, not-auto-corrected results.

Many of us first heard Will when he was playing guitar in Todd Snider and (later) Rodney Crowell’s bands. He’s a formidable musician – he was voted the 2004 Instrumentalist of the Year by the Americana Music Association, a title that had been previously held for three years by Jerry Douglas.

Interestingly, Will has always first and foremost been a performing songwriter – he’s still active with his own bands. When Todd Snider called, being a sideman became a sort of day job. With “Sideshow Love”, Will’s become equally known for his fine songwriting as well as his kick-ass guitar playing.

Note: I highly recommend visiting Will’s web site, and in particularly, watching his “Lick of the Day” videos. He breaks apart many classic (mostly blues) riffs that inspired him. It’s a great teaching tool, and a fun way to learn where he is and what he’s up to.

Both parts one and two of these interviews were recorded at KPIG Radio, shortly before Brigitte and Will’s on-air appearances. Many thanks again to the station for letting us commandeer their Sales office.

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