ADLER AND HEARNE INTERVIEW #2
[This transcript is excerpted from an Art of the Song interview as broadcast nationally on Public Radio. Click here to listen to the complete show with music.]
Viv: Now you are both life partners, as well as musical partners.
Adler & Hearne: Yes.
Viv: I can’t help thinking about this–the relationship between harmony singing. That it is about relationship. It’s the relationship between the notes. It’s the relationship between the singers. How did you guys come to find each other as singing partners?
Hearne: I think we both grew up singing harmony in church and harmony, at least, came easy for me. When Lynn and I first met in the early eighties, we did sing together some. I helped her with a studio album that she did.
Adler: We met in Nashville through a mutual friend. We were on very different paths personally at the time but we’d been musical friends for many years.
Hearne: But we started singing harmony that very first year, I believe, that we met. It just came easy for us.
Adler: We were just musical, it just came easy. But as we became partners, our singing together took on a whole new form. It’s just like anything, the more you do it, the more comfortable it feels. Now we’re at this point where we’re touring full time and we don’t even have to look at each other, we know and we’re going to breathe.
Hearne: We like to look at each other but we don’t have to.
Adler: We have a lot of fun on stage and we enjoy the recording process as well.
Hearne: What was fun on this particular CD, our current one, we recorded down close to Austin and we had our daughter, who’s twenty-four, Kate Hearne, she helped write one of the tunes and she actually sang harmony with us, for the third part, on the last two choruses of that song and that was really fun having Kate sing with us.
Adler: This is Lindy’s daughter–my soul daughter, I call her. She is one of the remarkable young artists in Texas; she’s based in Fort Worth right now. One of the unique things is that she’s a really strong lead guitar player, which is a little more unusual, you don’t see as many strong lead guitar player, women guitar players, as you do, the guys have kind of had a corner on that market for way too long. Anyway, she’s just doing remarkable things with her own singing and songwriting and playing with others. She plays well with others. We love having her along for the ride on this new CD.
Hearne: Yeah, she plays most all the lead parts on the CD for us.
Adler: Lloyd Maines is our producer on this project and we recorded it at “The Zone” in Dripping Springs with Pat Manske at the helm. They were all blown away by all the parts that Kate played. She played jazz guitar some, power lead-guitar some, and some beautiful classical guitar on Salty Town–the song that she wrote with her dad. We’re having fun with this new record. On June the 3rd we got the email from the state of Texas, Commission on the Arts, that Adler and Hearne has been named to the official Texas touring roster. We are very excited about this. Officially it’s September of 2014 to September of 2016. It’s a two-year term and what it means for us is it just opens new doors, ways for us to open new doors, with people in Texas, communities, not-for-profit organizations, who wish to bring Adler and Hearne in for a concert, or any songwriting workshops. They can apply to the state for a subsidy to help pay for the cost of bringing us in and to do that.