Martyn Joseph is a performer like no other: Shades of Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews there may be - but he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives delivering his "songs of lyrical intelligence" according to BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris.

June 22, 2007 9:34 am

Songs Do What They Want

Really enjoyed the three recent shows in Brecon, Stroud and Hitchin. In between tour/album gigs are probably where one is most relaxed and able to raid the back catalogue a little more. It was also good to see a good reaction to new material and that bodes well as I continue to bury myself in studio land

The album I think will be called ‘Vegas’ and it’s interesting to see how that theme runs through things. I’m avoiding the temptation to put on a white jump suite and get a chest wig. Intriguing also is the way some songs make there way to tape without fuss, whilst others put up a struggle that finds you playing them for the 55th time at 3am. I also know that they will grow in character way beyond their first birth and that frustrates me. I wish I could play them for two years and then record them for the first time. They just do what they want I guess.

Just heard my old mate from California Dave Batstone being interviewed on BBC Radio 5 about slave trafficking. Extraordinary that this still goes on whilst we live blithely on. So much sadness in this world..

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