Track Premiere: Jonas Fjeld “Dust In My Wallet”

Photo: Agnete Brun

Jonas Fjeld is on a bit of a roll, the Norwegian Rock and Roll Hall of Famer struck gold with his last album ‘Winter Stories‘ – a collaboration with Judy Collins – which spent four weeks as Number 1 on the Billboard Bluegrass chart.  He jokes about his new release, ‘To the Bone‘ (out September 16th) that, having previously concentrated on Norwegian language folk, “I never thought I would release another English album. But things went so well with the previous album’s reception and the shows, I decided what the hell? Let’s do a new album!

Fjeld’s journey in music began in rock n’ roll and punk before he discovered a musical and spiritual home in roots music traditions. Jonas found that American roots music spoke to his soul, and, much like the blues exchange with America and England in the 1960s,  Jonas sought out authentic yet innovative U.S.-based collaborators. In the 1990s, he worked with country-rock legend Rick Danko of the Band and folk singer/songwriter Eric Andersen in the trio Danko/Fjeld/Andersen.

Speaking of ‘Dust in my Wallet‘ Jonas Fjeld told Americana UK that: “This song is a collaboration with writer Hugh Moffatt.    The song was inspired by a story Hugh was telling me about hiding money in his shoes in case he got mugged on tour and the reality of how financially difficult it is to be a singer songwriter in this world.  There are many artists that are constantly walking around with ´dust in their wallet`.” 


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Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?

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