Luedecke: Well, a fox. They are outsiders good at getting into the chickens. They are nervous and independent.
B&L: Why music? Why do you seek it? Why do you create it? How’d it come calling to you?
Luedecke: I bought a banjo and found a way to sing about love that felt authentic. I like the idea of doing a lot with little, though the world tends to favor the opposite. I always loved a lot of different music, which I get from early childhood from my dad, but I found a truthful expression and a home in romantic ideas about folk music.
B&L: What’s the making of a great show?
Luedecke: Laughter, tears, illumination, and banjo.
B&L: Let’s talk about your latest recorded effort, “Domestic Eccentric.” What sort of goals did you have for yourself when you set out to make this record?
Luedecke: I wanted to record songs about home life at home. The album was born of an emphatic wish to bring the excitement of my performing life home to the songs and vice versa. I also wanted a more stripped down and naked outing, though we did end up with some drums and bass. It’s quite tasty.
B&L: You work, as you have before, with Tim O’Brien. What’s it like working with him? You two seem to bring out the best in each other.
Luedecke: Thanks. Well I’m not sure what he gets from me, but he makes me a better musician and want to be, for sure. He’s pretty easy in the studio. I feel like I can be myself, sing the songs the way I wrote ‘em, but I sit a little taller and get to enjoy his contribution as we sing the songs live. We were just sitting across from each other playing and singing, without sound isolation or headphones when we recorded in my small cabin behind the house. It’s pretty intimate that way and unusual.
B&L: What’s a domestic eccentric? Do you wander around the house making strange animal noises?
Luedecke: Maybe someone who would get the 300 foot field behind the house snow plowed to make an ice road to the woods to bring in recording gear so he can indulge his whims and fervent but doubt laced beliefs to record the non commercial folk music he makes.
B&L: What’s the preferred variety of Goldfish in the Luedecke household?
B&L: What are you looking for folks to take away from the music of Old Man Luedecke when they place themselves in a position to experience it?
Luedecke: I think hope and humor really in the face of doubt, simple choruses that lead to deeper mysteries and invite closer time and appreciation for intelligent and individual writing.
B&L: We just turned the page on 2016. What’s 2017 have in store for you? Any plans for a new record?
Luedecke: Yes I think so, in 2018. I’ll be working on that this year but also feel no hurry to make anything half way. My need for the intoxication of new songs grows and pains. Those ones seem to take an age and a moment to write.
B&L: What’s one tune (or, heck, a couple) that exists out there in the ether that blows you away that you kind of wish you had written yourself?
Luedecke: “By the Mark” by Gillian Welch seems sort of impossible. It stands undeniably alongside old folk gospel songs (like “I’ll fly away”) in a way that makes me think I don’t try hard enough or drink the right water.
B&L: What can folks expect when they come out to see you perform at the ol’ Stone Church on January 20th?
Luedecke: Fun that makes you feel good and smart, and like you’re in the right place in life.
B&L: Question number 12. If you could have a dozen of anything, what would that dozen of something be?
Old Man Luedecke will make his debut appearance at the Stone Church Meeting House on Friday, January 20th. Tickets are available here.