Mike Ragogna: Spirit In The Room: A Conversation with Tom Jones, Plus The Adversary's "De La Luna" Video Premiere
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
A Conversation with Tom Jones
Mike Ragogna: Tom, welcome.
Tom Jones: Thanks, mate!
MR: You have a new album, Spirit In The Room, on which you take songs by artists such as Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and you make them your own. How did you choose this batch?
TJ: Well, first of all, I wanted to do songs by some of my favorite songwriters. Ethan Johns, the man that's producing me, said, "Tell me what songwriters you really like," and we'd listen to stuff that they'd done, and hopefully find one that we could do. That's what we did. We listened to a lot of Leonard Cohen songs, a lot of Paul McCartney, Odetta, Paul Simon, Blind Willie Johnson, Tom Waits, Richard Thompson, Bill Hall Ward, Vera Hall and Low Anthem. It's basically songs by songwriters that I like.
MR: The approach you and your producer took on this was so personal and intimate, and it was recorded in a wooden room.
TJ: Yes, it was done in a place called Real World, which is owned by Peter Gabriel. It's
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