A Minute With: Dave Stewart about his new album, tour

Wed Sep 5, 2012 5:08am EDT
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By Ian Blair

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - British musician Dave Stewart, a co-founder with singer Annie Lennox of the iconic ‘80s pop duo Eurythmics, is releasing his latest solo album, "The Ringmaster General," this week.

After he and Lennox split in 1990, Stewart pursued a solo career, although the duo occasionally reunited over the years to record and tour together.

Stewart spoke to Reuters about his new album, which he recorded in Nashville, the tour and his Super Heavy side project with Mick Jagger.

Q: This is your second Nashville album, following last year's "The Blackbird Diaries." Why Nashville?

A: "Although I'm from the north of England, I really feel at home in Nashville. It's got the same kind of singer-songwriter, club scene which I grew up with. The whole Nashville thing began a few years ago when I was flying home to LA, and got re-routed through Nashville because of that Icelandic volcano. I ended up meeting Martina and John McBride and becoming friends, and they have this great studio full of all this vintage gear ... Nashville has all these great players, and, even though I'm not a country artist, it all felt very natural to me to record there."

Q: Were you always a big country fan?

A: "Not really. But like everyone, once you delve into all the history and go through Stax and Motown and so on, you get to the great classic country music and writers. So I began to understand all those roots -- country blues and bluegrass and so on -- and how they relate to rock and all the contemporary country music."

Q: What sort of album did you set out to make?   Continued...