P&V Radio: John Paul White & Domaine Maubet Lou Campagno Rouge
When the Pig&Vine Radio podcast finally launched last fall, a dream that had been simmering below the creative surface for well over a year, I had an immediate list of people I wanted to have on the show. John Paul White was one of them. I've had the opportunity to interview him before, twice on behalf of the Billy Reid Journal, which I write, and once for No'Ala magazine a few years back. Each time we spoke I felt there was more to say, more truth to tell, more real conversation to unfold, if only we had the time and appropriate platform. Wine is a great lubricant for such endeavors. So when Jason Allen and Caleb Banks, co-owners of The Carriage Wine & Market with whom I collaborate on a monthly wine club and co-founders of the Florence Wine Fest, asked if I'd like to make a Pig&Vine Radio episode in front of a live audience as part of the festival, I didn't have to think twice about saying yes, or who my guest would ideally be.
I was, and still am, honored and thrilled that John Paul White, singer-songwriter formerly of the Grammy Award-winning duo The Civil Wars, recording studio and record label owner, said yes. He credits the free wine for his reason to accept. When you're not Terry Gross, you have to bribe the talent into participating.
John Paul's most recent solo studio album, "Beulah", was released last August, and we talked about that album, the creative influences surrounding it and working with various Shoals talent to produce it in an interview for Billy Reid a few days before it was released. In August of 2015, I interviewed John Paul and legendary Alabama Leaning Man, Funky Donnie Fritts about Fritts' then-new studio album which John Paul produced. There's great back story and Shoals history in that article, for my music buff readers. I was a little worried this conversation would feel like a repeat. Silly, now that I think of it, because my original desire to have him on the show was because there was still so much more to say, and after nearly an hour on stage at The Mane Room, we both agreed the end was nowhere in sight.
In this episode, we talk songwriting craft versus spiritual flow, producing his own record and those of others, fond wine memories growing up Catholic, and the future of the music industry as he sees it.
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Domaine de Maubet 'Lou Campagno' Rouge
For this episode we drank a merlot/cabernet sauvignon blend from France's Côtes de Gascogne region, which lies about 90 miles south of Bordeaux. This is a pale ruby colored wine with fresh red berry fruit, good acidity and soft tannins, which made it perfect for sipping through conversation.