Dirty Dozen: T D Lind

T D Lind, 2016Born and bred in Buckinghamshire, TD Lind fell in love with rock n roll, jazz and blues at a very early age. He spent his early years skipping school to play piano in jazz clubs in Paris and eventually formed a band that toured extensively throughout the UK. He was discovered by an American label rep who moved him to New York City to begin is recording career. He’s shared the stage with artists large and small including Wilco, Paul Rodgers, and many others. His music found its way into several films and TV shows including Deadwood, The Unusuals and Driving Lessons. He fell in love with a girl from Montana and moved to Los Angeles, where he released his third solo album The Outskirts of Proper. Lind eventually moved back to the U.S. in 2014 and settled into Ojai, CA, where he resides currently.

Can you tell us about yourself? Where you’re from and what you’ve been up to over the past few years?
My name is TD Lind. I was born in the UK, starting playing piano when i was four, boogie boogie was my inspiration. Started touring when i was 18 with my first band. Moved to the States when I was 20. Lived in NY, Louisville, LA…. toured across the U.S. for around 10yrs. Moved back to the UK for a few years writing, touring. In 2005 I met my wife while recording in LA… and apart from a 3 year stint touring and living in France (2011-2014) we’ve been living and I’ve been writing and touring California. We now live in Ojai CA where I manage 2500 Olive trees and make Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

How would you describe your music?
I would suggest my music is Americana folk blues.

Can you tell us a little bit about your influences?
My earliest influence was Eddie Cochran then Little Richard, Sam Cooke etc.. mostly 50’s rock’n’roll… that led me to early blues and jazz records (Led Belly, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy,Billie Holiday, Django etc) Then Humble Pie, Free, Captain Beefheart…. into Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen etc

What are you currently promoting?
Right now I’m promoting my latest single called “Bow Down” from my soon to be released new album ‘Bow Down’. The song has a video created by the incredible Walt Taylor. You can find it on YouTube.

Have you got a particular song you’ve done that you’re particularly proud of, one that might define you?
Bow Down…. it encompasses all my influences.

What are you currently listening to?
Danny McGaw.

And your favourite album of all time, the one you couldn’t do without?
Tom Waits, Night Hawks At The Diner

What are your hopes for your future career?
To keep writing, recording, playing gigs….

If money were no object what would be your dream project?
It’s always about the next album, next gig.

What’s the best thing about being a musician?
Chicks…. scratch that, my wife might read this!

And the worst?
Having my wife read this.

Author: Rudie Humphrey

Rudie is the weekly host of the syndicated radio show - The Horseshoe Lounge Music Session - playing the best American Roots and hosting terrific live guests.

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