I've interviewed Alela Diane a couple of times in the past, during the Wears The Trousers years. Her first three albums are prominent in my memories of that time, and I would catch her live shows in London at every opportunity. It's my favourite way to experience her music, which I find has a surprising toughness to it. There's just something so robust about her voice, her playing, her lyrics. It really resonates.
In honour of her upcoming sixth solo album Looking Glass, released October 14th, I sat down with Alela over Zoom and talked about the songs that have soundtracked her life. Who knew she was such a huge Hanson fan as a kid? The feature's live today over at The Line of Best Fit.
"Music shouldn’t be a disposable industry... I think there’s also a really important place for people who have been around for a while and the wisdom they can offer. What do they have to say?" – A.D.
‣ 'I'll Be Here In The Morning' by Townes van Zandt
‣ 'High On A Mountain' by Ola Belle Reed
‣ 'Across The Great Divide' by Kate Wolf
‣ 'Metal Heart' by Cat Power
‣ 'Friendboats' by Mariee Siou
‣ 'Friend Of The Devil' by The Grateful Dead
‣ 'Matty Groves' by Fairport Convention
‣ 'Blues Run The Game' by Jackson C. Frank
‣ 'Fruits Of My Labor' by Lucinda Williams