Lynne Taylor Donovan
Interviewed by Ray Grundy
A Well, I'm from Canada, British Columbia, I live in the Okanagan Valley, where they make wine. I have a 13 year old son who loves it there because of its beaches and beautiful weather, but I moved from the city of Vancouver about 9 years ago, I grew up there. I got a guitar when I was 9 and was writing songs pretty quickly after that, pretty awful ones too. [Lol] But it was something that didn't matter. It was just something that I wanted to be. My family were very frustrated for many years, but I think they're happy now.
Q. Are you still writing songs?
A. Oh yes, actually, I wrote more on this album than I have in a long time and I'm going to be doing a lot more!
Q. A lot of writers these days, tend to co-write a lot. How do you feel about that? Is it something that you think you could see yourself doing?
A. It's funny you should ask that, because the first time that I have ever co-written in my life, was in the putting together of this album, and I was not looking forward to doing it. Simply because, I didn't think I would be any good at it, I didn't think I could write with someone else. But as it turned out, I've never had so much fun in my life! I have probably, never written better songs, it was just an incredible experience and I loved it! I'll certainly be doing a lot more of it, that's for sure!
Q. What sort of direction are you aiming to go in with your music?
A. Well it's so hard to categorise music at the moment, but a lot of people put me in the Country vein, so I guess I would call it 'New Country', that is Country, with a rock edge, but with some Bluegrass roots and a definite Country feel.
Q. Bluegrass? You surprise me there!
A. Well, it was going back a while. [Lol]
Q. Listening to your music today, and especially on this album, you would seem to be aiming mainly for the country/rock type of audience! Would you say that was right?
A. Well I think that in the U.S. and North America at the moment, that seems to be the way things are going. You get the rhythm of rock and roll, while maintaining the instrumentation of Country music, like the Fiddle, Slide Guitar and the Harp and of course, my voice, is naturally country
Q. Is this your first album?
A. I recorded an album in Nashville some time ago, that never got released. We also did one for an independent label, but that didn't get released either, so this is the first to get released, .. although we've been releasing singles for the last 3 years.
Q. One of the songs that introduced me to the music of Lynne Taylor Donovan, and a song that makes an appearance on this new album, was "Angel In Your Eye's", a song that I first heard on a 3 track cd you sent me, around about .1998, I think it was! That's really become your signature song, hasn't it?
A. I just love it!! It was the first song that I ever recorded that, I just felt, was my kind of song. So we just had to put it on the album, simply for that reason!
Q. The song "Make It On My Own". It's a beautiful song! What can you tell me about that one?
A. Well, I didn't actually have anything to do with writing that one! A guy whom I had been writing with at the time, he had that song already written, and after a writing session one day, he said, gee, you might just be interested in this song I have. He played it with his acoustic guitar and I just fell in love with it right away. So I brought it back to Vancouver with me and recorded it for the album.
Q. The title track "Talk To Me" did well for you in the European charts, where they usually, tend to go more for the, 'traditional' side of the music! Does it surprise you?
A. Yes it does, but I am what I am. I don't try to be what people want me to be, I just do what I do and I hope that people like it!
Q. Are you aiming eventually to do all the writing yourself. Maybe put an album out where all the songs are self penned.
A. Well eventually I would like to do that, but I want to make sure that they are good enough for me to do that first. I don't want to put all my own songs on an album just because I wrote it myself. However, with this new writing experience that I have been having, my writing is improving a lot and I tend to want spend more time now doing that. My goal is to have a full album entirely written by myself, but the only way I'll do that is, if it's up to 'snuff', you know. [loll]
Q. How would you feel if a major label came along and offered to sign you up, would that interest you or would you prefer to stay Independent?
A. Absolutely, most definitely, would never be anything but Independent! It's as the name says, you are doing what you want to do, you're in control of what you do, where you do it, how you do it, and that's the problem with a major label, they control you, and if you don't sell X amount of records, they boot you out of the door. That's just not where I want to be! So, even if I don't make a success of what I am doing, then at least I'll be happy that I didn't sell my soul to the devil, so to speak.
Q. Although this trip is just PR, to visit the radio stations etc. Do you aim to do a concert tour of Europe some time?
A. Oh absolutely! I have had a lot of radio success in Europe! I love the people and I love the e-mails I get from the radio stations. Yes, we plan to do a lot more in Europe and maybe Australia and New Zealand.
Q. It's amazing how much the Internet has done for Independent country music, enabling artists to quickly, easily and inexpensively promote themselves and their music around the world! Do you have a website?
A. We are currently having one built of our own, although we do have some of my music available in MP3 format, on a hosted site. When we get back, the structure of the site should be up and ready for us to give him the information and files to put on there.
Q. Well, before you get back, I know you have a busy schedule here. Where are you off to after you leave us?
A. After here we're off to see Stuart Cameron of the "Country Hotdisc" in Edinburgh and then we'll be visiting a few radio stations and music publication's as we make our way down to London, where we will be doing interviews for the BBC and Mean Country. And then after that we will be meeting with some people to talk about a 'LIVE' performance tour.
Q. Lynne, it's been wonderful talking to you, and of course, your manager Gord, who's been adding a few words from the back there. Thank you very much for taking time out to come and see us. We really do appreciate it!!
A. Well we'd like to thank you too and for playing my songs, I appreciate any airplay and all airplay. That's why we're here. It's to thank everybody for supporting us!
To read a review of Lynne's current CD just click on the cover picture below.
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