An Audience With Bill Callahan! There was a time, back in the days of Smog – the obfuscatory band name under which Callahan released 11 albums between 1990 and 2005 – when such a thing would have seemed unthinkable.
Interviews were rare and often halting affairs, with Callahan pleading that his personal life was irrelevant to an understanding of the numb and desolate characters who peopled his songs.
But this year’s terrific Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest revealed a very different Bill Callahan. Released after a hiatus of six years during which time he got married and became a father, it’s intimate, inviting and surprisingly easygoing.
“We’re not going to get anywhere if we are guarded with ourselves,” Callahan told Uncut earlier this year. And so here he is, generously inviting you, the Uncut readers, to give him a good-natured grilling.
So what do you want to ask one of America’s most celebrated and mysterious songwriters? Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday October 21 and Bill will answer the best ones in a future issue of Uncut.
The November 2019 issue of Uncut is on sale now, with Jimmy Page on the cover. Our free CD features 17 exclusive cover versions of Wilco songs recorded for us by Low, Courtney Barnett, Cate Le Bon, Kurt Vile and many more. Elsewhere in the issue, there’s Kim Gordon, The Clash live and unseen, Angel Olsen, Tinariwen, Bruce Hornsby, Super Furry Animals, Bob Nastanovich on David Berman and Roger McGuinn.