Informed by his participation in the Occupy Oakland movement of 2011, Los Angeles-based folk-punk singer Bryan McPherson‘s latest release, Wedgewood, contains 11 songs inspired by the “furor” he witnessed during those days. Recorded far from such a scene, Wedgewood was brought to life in a secluded cabin in northern California’s Sierra Nevada mountains.
To announce the release of Wedgewood this week, McPherson answered our 8 Questions.
BFoN: Favorite instrument
BM: Lately piano. The guitar is glued to me. The piano is more fun because it’s new and fresh. I have been getting more familar with that as I have had the good fortune of staying with folks with nice pianos. I was living with Tom Waits’ sister for a little while and she has one of Tom’s pianos. It was a nice one to learn on for sure.
BFoN: Favorite book
BM: The Grapes of Wrath. That’s a healthy book. There’s a lot going on in there. Anything Steinbeck really. It’s nutritious.
BFoN: Musical influences
BM: Lately I have been listening to Lil Wayne, Fun, The White Stripes, and Bach.
BFoN: Favorite album of 2014
BM: Bruce Springsteen’s The Ghost of Tom Joad. Came out in the 90s but was new to me. I don’t listen to a lot of current music.
BFoN: Star Wars or Star Trek
BFoN: Which Spinal Tap character are you most like
BM: I never saw that movie. Sorry…
BFoN: First album you purchased
BM: Led Zeppelin. The one with “Stairway” on it [Led Zeppelin 4]. The first album I ever wanted to buy but couldn’t was Appetite For Destruction. Luckily my aunt bought it for me for my birthday and I would play it on my little Fisher Price record player.
BFoN: Origin of your album’s name
BM: Wedgewood is a wood stove in the hut I was staying in while working out the record. I looked at it one day and it just made perfect sense. Played well with everything happening on the album.
Thanks to Bryan for his time. He’s currently touring the US in support of Wedgewood so see if he’s coming to your town here. Stream/purchase Wedgewood on vinyl, CD or digital formats below.