Producer Tucker Martine, guest DJ on NPR

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“The Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens, Laura Veirs and Bill Frisell have one thing in common: When they wanted their music to sound amazing, they called on Tucker Martine for help.”

The mild mannered Martine talked thoughtfully and candidly with All Songs Considered director Bob Boilen between song selections including his projects, his clients’ projects and his inspirations.  A track from July Flame, originally on the chopping block found its way into the hearts and minds of Veirs and Martine, and into the interview.

Have a listen at NPR.org

Meanwhile Laura Veirs shared some insights on July Flame via the California Chronicle:

“I was losing it,” she said. “I thought, ‘I can’t write songs anymore.’ ”

During a trip to a farmer’s market in Portland, Veirs bought some peaches the seller had labeled “July Flame.” Later, while the singer and a friend were canning the fruit, a song idea began to congeal as well. The result, Veirs felt, was one of the best tunes she’d written.

“That tipped me over,” Veirs recalled. “I said, ‘I can do this again!’ ”

Veirs spent another year writing, eventually completing 80 songs. Thirteen were selected for the new record.

Read the entire interview here.