On Record: Kurt Vile

“You’re trying to get all of your life and life in general and capture it all the best you can on your record.”

[caption id="attachment_219489" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Photo by Jo McCaughey[/caption] For a guy who cuts a laissez-faire, slackerish persona on record, Kurt Vile is quite prolific. He recently released his highly-anticipated seventh solo album, Bottle It In, just a year after recording a critically-acclaimed album of duets with Courtney Barnett. For the new record, Vile crisscrossed the country a few times over and worked with a bevy of musicians and producers. Yet the result just might be the purest and most moving distillation of his songwriting and performing ethos. Vile talked with American Songwriter recently about baseball cards, Bob Dylan, and his strategies for letting life guide the music. Making this album over three years in many locations with many different collaborators, did you ever worry you might lose the plot, so to speak? I’ve been doing this kind of thing for a while now. Ever since Waking On A Pretty Day, I’ve gone at least bicoastal. It’s not so much a concept as it is a way of life. I travel anyway. I play shows. It’s often combining. It’s not like a concept of, “I’m gonna travel all over the world to record.” It has to be more like just living…

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