“People need this. I need this. To come together in a room, to try to make music come alive, for real, for right now, and then to let it go…that is the whole deal for me.” – Peter Mulvey
Your name: Peter Mulvey
Where are you writing this: Gate 14a, O’Hare Airport
Photo credit: Jonathan Ryder
1. Home is where your story begins please tell us a little about yours…
I’m headed there now, having spent the past two weeks in Alaska and New Mexico. Right now we’re losing the battle with driveway ice. It’s been a hard winter. Luckily it’s a small house, easy to keep it warm enough. It’s in my town, Milwaukee, where I’m mostly a civilian: I don’t play there much.
2. How would you best describe your musical style?
American music. There’s blues, rock and roll, roots, folk, even some jazz in it. Obviously there’s more than just that, too- I listen pretty widely. Poetry, post-modern classical, Joseph Campbell lectures, all added to Tom Waits, Radiohead, Los Lobos. And of course, my colleagues: Chris Smither, Kris Delmhorst, the Suitcase Junket, Anais Mitchell…
3. When did you know that music would be your journey?
Ever since I was little. What I do is all I’ve ever wanted to do for a living. Got a guitar at seven, was already hoping to play gigs.
4. Talk about how you have evolved or grown musically from the albums Rapture to Silver Ladder.
Oh, lord. Well, I suppose I’ve gotten less serious, more rock and roll. My lyrics have gotten way more direct, sometimes even blunt. I think there’s more humor in what I do now, more guts. Music can be pretty personal and I’ve grown out of a lot of the Tortured Artist guff that clings to sensitive young fellas.