Interview: Rider In The Rain – There’s More To Life Than Money

Hi Rider In The Rain, how are you today?

I have been watching my daughter’s sports day with my two sons in intense heat all day, so I am happy, but a little sunburned.

For those that haven’t heard of you yet, how would you best describe your sound, and who have been your biggest influences so far?

 I try to sound like those that have inspired me so Tom Waits, Randy Newman, Bob Dylan, Elvis (Presley and Costello) Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, Lucinda Williams, and Willie Nelson spring to mind, however, I am missing loads out.

Do you remember what the first song was that made you want to start a career in music?

When I was young, I used to have a small cassette recorder that I used to tape all the Elvis films on T.V. Just the audio We didn’t own a video recorder, in fact, this was in the late nineteen seventies so they were probably not invented then. One of the films was King Creole, and I remember the song “Evil’ (If You’re Looking For trouble’). I loved Elvis’ performance in the movie and listened to the song over and over.

You have just released your new single ‘There’s More To Life Than Money’. Can you tell us how that track came about?

I was making a record with a couple of friends of mine and had a chord structure in mind to use on a song I wanted to put on the album about an A.I. Robot. The track didn’t make the album but I always remembered the chords. When I dug it out years later and put it into waltz time it really worked with a new lyric I was working on.

And is there a story behind it?

A long time ago a friend of mine who was very dedicated to his work lost his family because he didn’t spend enough time with them and he failed to realise it before it was too late. Like Herb Magidson wrote- Enjoy yourself It’s later than you think!

Can we expect a new EP or even an album from you in the near future?

Rider In The Rain will have an E.P. out in the Autumn and a debut album out in The Winter of 2022

If you could go open a show for any artist, who would it be?

Tom Waits as there are rumours he may not play live again and I want to see him. If you’re reading this Tom…

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