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I was listening to your most recent studio album All Odds Against Me today. I’d read on your website that this was the first time you recorded an album without covering one of your late father’s songs. Was that a difficult decision for you to make? I mean, you know, it wasn’t a big effort to not do any of his music. I do what I feel, and if I feel that that’s what I want to do, then that’s what I want to do. On a couple CDs, that’s what I felt that I wanted to do—pay tribute to my dad. There are other ways that I pay tribute to him. Some would think that I wanted to stop the critics. “You’re always covering…” I didn’t want to stop the critics; that’s just the way I felt. The next album that will be released in April, that doesn’t have my dad in it either. It’s just how you feel. I was listening to the first track, “Dear John.” I really love the lyrics to that track. “Dear John.” Everyone loves to hear “Dear John.” Is that a crowd favorite when you play it live? Yeah, we’re playing that every show. People look at the back of those CDs, and they say, “Where’s that Dear John? Where’s that letter your wife wrote you?” It seems so intensely personal. Is that a song that you really connect with when you’re performing it? I connect with all my songs, but it’s a crowd attractor. People really listen to that letter, as soon as that band hits, breaks down and it says “Dear John,” people’s ears stretch out, because they really want to hear what she said while he was in jail. “Dear John.” If you don’t say anything else but “Dear John,” you have people being quiet. You mentioned the album coming out in April. How is that coming along? Have you been working on it while you’re on the road? It’s coming along well. I have my little tape recorder with me for my ideas, and my scrap paper in my back pocket. I’ve got my songs with me. It’s coming along well. I just brought up another thought for this next song that I’m

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writing. It’s called, “Leave Your Egos at the Door.” It goes, [singing] “If you want to be in my show, leave your egos at the door.” I’m laying down, so it might sound kind of funny, but that’s the thought I got and I taped it, and I said, here’s my idea. [Singing] “If you want to be in my show, leave your egos at the door.” It’s going to be nice. I’m going to open up this dialogue that you might not like—one that makes you always want to fuss and fight. I got my thoughts going, and that’s all I need to start a song. And that’s how I do it. It sounds like you write a lot on the road. Is that where you get most of your ideas? I wrote a Grammy-nominated CD in this city— right here in Lyons and Longmont. I’m about 15 minutes from Lyons, but this is where I wrote a Grammy-nominated CD… I’m not trying to give the idea that when I’m in Colorado, I’m inspired to write. I’m inspired to write when I’m in Europe on the train. That’s when I’m really inspired—the train. Can you put into words what inspires you to write when you’re in Europe on the train? I’m in outer space, in my own outer space. There’s no one there but me. I don’t have any worries of family. I don’t have any worries or concerns of band members or friends, it’s just me and the music. The music is something that’s being translated from one entity into my consciousness, and I just go [laughs]. I’m in my own little space bubble. I really mean that. I’m in my own little space bubble, and everything is locked out. Europeans are very quiet, very quiet. I don’t have any noise. They don’t bother me, and I don’t bother them… I shouldn’t have said “bothered.” Everyone’s just quiet, and I’m just able to do my thing. If I was in America on the train, it would be, “Did you see that game last night? Oh, the Bulls are going to beat them. Oh, the San Francisco 49ers.” And babies crying, “Waaaah,” but not over there. Not over there. So that’s where I do my thing. I wrote another Grammy-nominated CD over in Europe, and that was All Odds Against Me.

“I’m in outer space, in my own outer space. There’s no one there but me. I don’t have any worries of family. I don’t have any worries or concerns of band members or friends, it’s just me and the music. The music is something that’s being translated from one entity into my consciousness, and I just go.” – John Lee Hooker Jr. on writing on trains in Europe

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John Lee Hooker Jr. will play the Torch Club, which he calls one of his favorite places to play, on March 10. Go to Torchclub.net for more details. If you’d like to keep abreast on the release of All Hooked Up, tune your browser ito Johnleehookerjr.com.

Issue 105 • February 27 – March 12, 2012

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Submerge Magazine: Issue 105 (February 27-March 12, 2012)  

Interviews w/ World Hood, John Lee Hooker Jr., founders and organizers of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, Blitzen Trapper and Tera...

Submerge Magazine: Issue 105 (February 27-March 12, 2012)  

Interviews w/ World Hood, John Lee Hooker Jr., founders and organizers of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, Blitzen Trapper and Tera...