We recently sat down with Jordie Lane, the cool cat and recent LA transplant from Melbourne, Australia, to find out what he thinks of our Calgary Folk Music Festival, Canada in general and moving for strange love. His Canadian tour wrapped up on August 1 in Vancouver, but since he’s just down in LA these days, here’s hoping we’ll see more of him soon. After you listen to I Could Die Looking at You, how could you not have a crush on him?
Lucky us, because he’s on a Canadian tour we can download Live at the Wheaty for free right from his site. Get it while you can; we understand it’s not a forever free download. The album was recorded live at The Wheatsheaf Hotel in Adelaide, Australia, on April 21st, and you can hear Jordie’s heckler at the end of the songs. He tells stories and interacts with the audience. Jordie was challenged by someone in the audience to write a song about them.
When asked what he writes about, Jordie says he writes story-based songs about characters he meets on the road. Touring is the genesis for songs. He’ll meet 10 characters on the road, combine them with his own personal account, and it’ll be the character in a song.
We told Jordie that Calgary is a somewhat transient city, with people moving here to work. He moved to LA for work two months ago; for love and for music. Loving LA is not what one expects to hear, he describes it as an ugly city with weak public transit; there’s a lot not right about it. But the feeling he gets from the Calgary is the best in a long time. His next albums are already recorded. Stranger 1 and Stranger 2. Stranger 1 was recorded in Nashville; it’s Jordie with a band, a pedal steel guitar and upright bass and is reminiscent of Elton John’s early country recordings.
Stranger 2 is Sci-Fi Folk, which he describes as traditional folk with an electronic element. Stranger 2 is inspired by LA in that the city is open-minded, it’s big and spread out. He loves that LA’s residents have completely delusional thinking, goals and dreams. Stranger 2 proves that an electronic drum beat in a folk music song doesn’t sell out folk music’s roots.
Jordie toured Canada for the majority of July; when asked what his favourite sight has been, he tells a tale of the Hart House in Canso, NS. At the Stan Rogers Folk Fest, they were invited to the Hart House, a 201-year-old historical home to strum guitars and feast on lobster and crab. Just drinkin’ and playin’ music.
When asked about Canadian audiences, he says everyone’s been extra nice, including the police officer that pulled them over for speeding in a construction zone. While Calgary Folk Festers love to complain that you have to drink in a beer garden and that it’s strange to sit on a tarp instead of stand up for the bands you love, Jordie says most other folk fests are the same. In Australia, they are so strict that if you bring a chair with a seat higher than 6 inches above the ground, you’ll be turned away. Isn’t that our rule too?
Jordie loves the beautiful concert settings across Canada, and prefers a smaller, intimate room where you can build energy during the set. It’s impossible to build such energy in some venues, and as his audience grows, these settings will be hard to come by. If you’re able to catch him in the future, he’s from the ilk who command silence during his songs. He won’t yell at a crowd to shush, but is known to start whispering as if the sound system is broken.
When asked what’s notable to him, he can’t deviate from the drive from Calgary to Jasper. Jordie describes it as possibly the most beautiful drive, and the best drive to do if you’re hungover and have only slept for an hour. We at Notable agree; the drive, like Jordie, commands attention.