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“I always try not to overplay. I hate hearing records where the guy's playing all over the place. Basically, what I do is, I really listen to the song without playing. When Tom is showing a new song to us, I listen really closely to the spaces between the words and the chords.
“When I first heard this song, I thought, ‘This sounds like J.J. Cale.’ I was thinking sort of like, ‘If I was J.J. Cale, how would I approach this?’ It seemed to have his spirit in it. I love the way he plays. Talk about economical – he’s really good at that. I think I was trying to honor him in my approach to that guitar part, to just keep it simple.
“The other trick is get into the soul of the singer and listen to the way he's phrasing his melody. And maybe you can hear a little line in there that you can try to play on the guitar to simulate that. Sometimes that leads you into maybe not the same line, but something that's really complementary to where the guy's coming from.
“The solo is the Les Paul. I’m on the bass pickup, and at one point it changes a little bit. I was just going for a mellow, kind of swampy J.J.-type of feel on it, in my point of view.”