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I have been a music nut since 1968 when I was 13 years old. Friday nights I would lie in bed listening to the Top 40 on my little trannie with the earphone in so as not to wake the parents. Saturday I would rewrite the Top 40 to my liking (Stones on top, then The Beatles), then ride my bike down to the record store to steal my favourite singles with the old downthe-front-of-the-pants under-the shirt trick. I eventually got caught, which stopped that bad habit, but luckily I developed many more as I got older. I now live in Western Australia in the small mining town of Wickham (population 2,500) which is in the Pilbara region about 1,500 kilometres north of Perth. Not a lot to do here, so recently I counted my Uncut CDs: 140.
Some of the unenlightened say there is no good new music coming out but, thanks to Uncut, I have been introduced to such fabulous artists as Hurray For The Riff Raff, Iron And Wine, Kurt Vile, The Civil Wars and Peter Case to mention but a few. I also got to know about some great (and there’s lots of great) Aussie music that I might have missed otherwise. But oh my God, recently I bought Kevin Morby’s Singing Saw album. I played it three times in a row and at least once a day since: what a talent, what a record! Being an old fart, I love the Stones, Neil Young, Dylan, Cohen, etc – and thanks for all the great articles on these guys – but I also love getting an insight into lots of great new music through Uncut. A big thankyou to you guys, and of course to all the fantastic artists old and new. Alex Bossinga, Wickham, Australia …It’s a very good article on Kevin Morby [Uncut, July] that makes me want to check out his work. At the end there is a side box, “Telling Stories”, about Morby as a prose writer where he is quoted as liking “James Baldwin and Flannery O’Connor”, referring to their work as “kind of moral”. In the following sentence he also says, “I like Raymond Carver a lot.” There is a photo of Carver (on first turning the page I thought it was Hoyt Axton!) and the caption writer has ascribed the following: “Moralist: Raymond Carver”. I don’t think that is what Morby was saying, and I don’t think it can be applied to Carver! Rather the opposite, in fact. Mike Ferguson, Ottery St Mary, Devon
What the singer saw: Kevin morby has inspired