Interview: Bryan McPherson

**Photo Credit: EA Zimmermann**

by Deanna Chapman

Los-Angeles based, Boston-bred folk-punk troubadour Bryan McPherson just released his third album, the dynamic Wedgewood via O.F.D. Records on June 10th. Check out his site here and check out our interview with him below!

This is your first studio release since 2012. What has happened between then and now that lead up to the inspiration for this album?

A lot has happened in my personal life.  I’ve also been able to tour the U.S. and Canada and now Europe extensively. I’ve seen a lot of new things and had a lot of new amazing experiences that all found their way into the record.

Did you choose to record at Flying Whale Studios because you knew that would allow you to isolate yourself and just focus on you and the music?  Or otherwise?

No, it just kind of worked out that way and I like how it all turned out.  Sometimes life is less about making decisions and more about seeing and recognizing what is already there.

I’m sure you get this quite often, but what is it like to have a fan in Slash standing behind your music?

To have Slash listen to my record is a great honor.  I was as a kid and now as an adult am still a big fan of his.

I’ve always thought the folk-punk style was a great joy to listen to. Did you always know that was the direction you wanted your solo work to go in?

Yes I shoot from the hip.  What I do is what I do.  It comes naturally to me.

What can fans expect on the upcoming tour? A good mix of old and new songs?

Every night is different.  I play to the room.  If it’s a rainy Tuesday you might get slower quieter songs.  If it’s a Friday night more of a rowdy set.  Usually a mix of old and new but the other night I just played Wedgewood front to back.  So expect the unexpected.

What has been the highlight for you so far on your headlining U.S. tour leg?

So far playing in my hometown Boston.  Always a great crowd there.  Fantastic energy.  I think I played for 2 and a half hours.

Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions! Any last words for the readers?
“It’s just a ride” – Bill Hicks