Canadian talks about ‘Cabin Fever,’ local show
Corb Lund’s seamless “Cabin Fever” brightens somber meditations (“September,” “One Left in the Chamber”) with sharp wit (“Bible on the Dash,” “The Gothest Girl I Can”). Peaks unite both (“Priceless Antique Pistol Shoots Startled Owner”).
“The songs are all pretty new,” the Canadian-born songwriter says. “I usually have a variety, but this record might be a little heavier on the dark stuff, which I’m cool with.” Lund supports kindred spirit Hayes Carll Saturday and Sunday at Antone’s. American-Statesman: How did “Cabin Fever” take shape?
Corb Lund: It took me about three years. I had writer’s block. The first year and a half I wrote and wrote and wrote and none of it was any good so I threw it all out. Then I went through a bunch of (stuff ) like a breakup and a couple deaths in the family and went up to my cabin in the woods and stuff eventually came. Does that explain the album’s title?
Yeah, I have a cabin in northern Alberta and I spent a bunch of time up there writing. It’s pretty secluded. You get pretty sneaky after a couple weeks up there by yourself in the wintertime (laughs).
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antones.net Tell the story behind writing “Bible on the Dash.”
I had that one half written for years. I had the chorus and might have had a verse or the general idea and then Hayes and me spent an afternoon finishing it off in Austin. He came up to record it with us. We did it at 3 in the morning, live with the band in the same little recording booth. You can hear the snickering in the background. Is there any truth to the story?
I can’t remember, but I think the dim spark of the song came from a Townes Van Zandt record where he’s talking about being in Dallas and Billy Graham was there. Cops pulled Townes over, and there are all the young Christians in town and they figure he’s one of them. Describe working with Hayes.
Oh, it’s fun. I met him seven years ago at a Manitoba country festival, and we’ve done a ton of touring together, our cultural exchange (laughs). We come down and play for his crowd in the South, and he comes up and plays with us in Canada for our people. People love him in Canada. Do you see similarities between Canada and Texas?
Musically speaking, it’s like Texas in that there are stars in Canada that never leave the country and there are all those Texas guys who never have to leave the state. They get on a bus and play Wednesday through Saturday and make a great living. Do you draw from any Texas songwriters?
Sure. I mean, when I was younger, Waylon ( Jennings) and Willie (Nelson) and those guys. (Kris) Kristofferson’s not a Texan, is he? Yeah, he’s from Brownsville.
Well, there you go. And I have contemporaries I like a lot like John Evans. He should be the king of the rockabilly world. He writes great songs and he’s good looking and strong (laughs). You know of our side band (with Carll), the Ego Brothers? Yeah. Last word was there were only two or three songs.
Yeah, we’re working on it, slowly. It’s gonna be like a 10-year project (laughs).