Cana­dian talks about ‘Cabin Fever,’ lo­cal show

Austin American-Statesman - - AUSTIN360 DAILY - By Brian T.atkin­son Spe­cial to the Amer­i­canS­tates­man Hayes Carll with Corb lund and John evans When: Where: Cost: In­for­ma­tion:

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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an­ 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).

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