// James Kenyon



Kenyon's songs are a busted car, an empty hall, shimmering asphalt, a neon lit service station, AM radio, a suburban street. Or thereabouts.

Q&A, with James Kenyon-

Define your genre in five words or less:

burning highway dream folk. I don't know.

How long have you been writing and playing music? Was there a song or moment that first inspired you?

I've been playing shows for 7 years but I was singing away in my room before that. There is no doubt that I was inspired by the Dire Straits song 'Telegraph Road'. For better or for worse.

If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why?

I wouldn't show anything to Paul Simon. He'd steal it. The say it's rubbish.

What are your favourite venues?

Bella Union has always been great to play. The Retreat front bar for a low key show. Some Velvet Morning for the burger and the company. Northcote social club for the fold backs. The Forum to see others. The Grace Emily in Adelaide is another home.

What are your top 5 favourite albums?

Off the top of my head and in no particular order Gillian Welch- Revelator Paul Simon- Graceland Bruce Springsteen- Nebraska Ry Cooder- Paris, Texas Paul Kelly Live, May 1992

What is your most memorable gig (playing or watching)?

Watching- Gillian Welch at the Forum. Playing- EP launch at the Wesley Anne. Packed and great fun.

Where do you usually draw inspiration from as a writer? Do you have a process? eg music first, lyrics first etc

Chords first, melody second, lyrics last. Make the lyrics fit the melody.Identify rogue syllables and get rid of them if possible. Avoid cliches. Make it true.