High 5, with Jarrod Dickenson

American blues folk singer Jarrod Dickenson hits Glasgow’s The Hug & Pint on Saturday night, armed with his soon-to-be-released new album, Ready The Horses.

AAA caught up with the Texas-born, Brooklyn resident ahead of what’s one of the hottest tickets in town this weekend.

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Favourite Film 

I think I’d have to say Casablanca. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman… love and war and heartache and heroism. What’s not to love? It’s a film I’ve seen a number of times, and each time I watch it I discover something new. It’s so beautifully written, with so many witty one-liners and powerful monologues. It’s a classic for a reason.

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Favourite Single 

Choosing just one seems like an impossible task, but I suppose I’d have to go with American Tune by Paul Simon. It’s the perfect song. The melody is stunning. The lyrics are beautiful and heartbreaking and evocative. It’s a masterpiece.

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Favourite Album

Again, a seemingly impossible task, choosing one favourite album, but Abbey Road by The Beatles is one I never tire of hearing. It has it all. Every kind of song you could want is in the track listing. There’s blues, soul, country, rock and roll. The band were at their absolute creative peak, in my opinion, and the medley that closes the album is simply the greatest piece of recorded music in rock and roll history. Again, it’s an utter masterpiece.

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Favourite Gig 

My favourite “Gig” is actually a series of gigs…a tour, in fact. My wife and I got married in August of 2015. In September of 2015 we set off on a 16 date tour of Ireland and Europe supporting the legendary Don McLean and his band. This tour essentially took the place of our honeymoon. We’ve been on many tours with some incredible people, and indeed to many gigs simply as fans, but this run of shows holds a special place in our hearts as a couple of newlyweds who had just set off on a great adventure together.

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Favourite Book 

Yet again, choosing simply one favourite book is a nearly herculean task, and this time I’ll just flat out disobey orders, and give you two favourite books. I’ll say The Grapes Of Wrath by John Steinbeck and All Quiet On The Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque. In fact, I love virtually everything written by each of these authors. They both, in very different ways, were able to write about normal, everyday people in ways that cut straight through to your core. You felt like you immediately and intimately knew their characters. In fact, you might have even been one of them.

Photo credit: Phil Keen

Jarrod Dickenson, The Hug & Pint, Great Western Road, Glasgow, Saturday 18 March, 4pm (matinee show), sold out

For more info on Jarrod, visit www.jarroddickenson.com

You can check out some of his tunes below…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdKDL5VIre4

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