John was part of the music scene in Seattle during the '90s, while Elliott Smith was making a name for himself in nearby Portland. He saw Elliott play numerous times and admired the way he was able to carve his own sound, which was distinctive from a lot of other artists in the Pacific Northwest at the time.
In this interview, John discusses the song that really cemented that admiration for Elliott's music, what it was like watching him live and why he has what he calls a 'complicated' relationship with him.
To round this all off, our listener pick today comes from musician Tom Lee from Leeds in the UK.
Extra things to look at / listen to:
- Speed Trials by Elliott Smith on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/4gRySBzWoWD2JqEFZnfPuX?si=c-MYQeHTT3aXCdNujFzRsg
- Either/Or by Elliott Smith on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5hryhrT7wEdLnZCbJX9F6L?si=lveggzrORn-BAoVtezie9A
- John’s band The Long Winters cover Pictures of Me by Elliott Smith: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXCbemvo9sI
- Tom Lee (Tea Leaf) has a new EP out – listen on Bandcamp or Spotify
My Favourite Elliott Smith Song is produced by Rob Comba and Elizabeth Withstandley.
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