11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: Robyn Hitchcock

Robyn HitchcockOne of the most exciting recent musical transplants to Nashville is British singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock. With a career dating back to psychedelic-folksters The Soft Boys in the 70s, Hitchcock began a solo career in 1981 that has since produced 21 long players including his most recent self-titled album on Yep Rec Records that he recorded right here in Music City. Since coming to town, he has made his presence known with frequent appearances on the club scene as well as the occasional concert. A Bob Dylan fanatic, Hitchcock recently guested on a panel at the County Music Hall of Fame discussing his Bobness’s work in Nashville. You can see Robyn Hitchcock perform this coming Saturday, August 26 at Musician’s Corner in Centennial Park. The show is free and Hitchcock will take the stage t 4:30pm.

Where are you from originally, when did you move to Nashville and why?

I’m from London, England; moved to Nashville in 2015. It felt like it was time for me to move here.

What are the first and the last records you bought, and where did you buy them? Were they CD, vinyl or digital?

My first purchase was “It’s All Over Now” by The Rolling Stones on 45rpm vinyl in a record store in Weybridge, Surrey in 1964. Most recently, I bought the double LP Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine by The Doors at Grimey’s.

First and last live concerts that you’ve seen?

First show was Traffic in Hyde Park, London, July 1968. Last was Gillian Welch & David Rawlings at the Ryman this August 3.

Whose star should be added to the Music City Walk of Fame?

Gillian Welch & David Rawlings

Where do you go in Nashville for coffee and pizza?

My coffee needs are met at Bongo Java East or The Post. I’ll have 5-Points Pizza anytime!

What’s your favorite record to ever come out of Nashville?

Blonde on Blonde by Bob Dylan. That’s how I first heard of Nashville.

Where’s the best place to eat late night after a show?

After a show if it’s not too late The Treehouse has quality snacks. Merchant’s if you’re in the Broadway area.

The Bluebird calls and asks you to host an “In the Round.” Pick three local songwriters to join you.

Among the many great locals I could choose, I’d ask Lilly Hiatt, Kim Richey and Justin Collins.

What are your favorite music venues to play in town?

The 5-Spot and The Basement East are my two favourite East Nashville places both to see shows and to perform. 

Name a musician who you’d like to see move here?

I’d love to see Brian Eno move here.

Finally, what’s in your musical future?

I just hope I continue to have one.



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