Nick Lowe

[Nick Lowe] is a rarity in popular music: an artist who enjoyed a first flush of success as a younger man, then took time to reinvent himself, embracing his maturity and advancing age. "I think of my career in two halves," he said.

Back in the 80s, a realisation struck him about pop music: "If you were in your mid-30s (as he then was) you'd had it -- unlike jazz, for instance, or country-and-western. You couldn't be too old to be a blues singer. So I thought, well, I'll find a way to use the fact that I'm getting older, this thing that everyone tries to disguise and hide in the pop business. I'm going to shove it up front and use it as an advantage.

"The way I wanted to record myself, which I knew wasn't for everybody, I'd never get mainstream success, was for my records to have a certain under-produced, handmade quality to them."

These days, then, he deliberately foregrounds his own songs: "I'm anxious to have them covered," he said. "It's one way I earn my living. I like other artists to think: 'That's a good song, I could do it better than him.' [Telegraph UK]

Nick Lowe is playing shows across the US in October. He comes to NYC's City Winery for performances on October 13th (tix) and October 14th (tix). Both of those, and other dates, will be with classic country guitarist Bill Kirchen.

Some best-of videos of Lowe and all tour dates are below...

NICK LOWE - CRUEL TO BE KIND

Nick Lowe Rockpile - So It Goes (live 1978)

Nick Lowe - Whats So Funny About Peace Love & Understanding

Nick Lowe - All Men Are Liars

Nick Lowe - 2009 Tour Dates
10.03.2009 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival San Francisco
10.06.2009 Alladin Theatre Portland w/ Aimee Mann
10.07.2009 The Moore Seattle w/ Aimee Mann
10.09.2009 Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry *
10.10.2009 The Avalon Easton *
10.11.2009 Colonial Theatre Phoenixville *
10.13.2009 City Winery New York *
10.14.2009 City Winery New York *
10.15.2009 Narrows Center for The Arts Fall River *
10.16.2009 Infinity Hall Norfolk *
10.18.2009 Barns At Wolftrap Vienna
* w/Bill Kirchen