“This was such good fun. I had made the film for The Ringmaster General, where you see me arriving in Nashville, not knowing anybody and being sort of inducted into the city’s music gang. I think I was accepted by everybody because I didn’t come in with all the bells and whistles. I just came in and wanted to make a record.
“People like John McBride really helped me choose these great musicians that I’ve used on my last three albums. People would come in the studio and go, ‘What’s going on here?’ I would meet them – whether it was the people from Lady Antebellum or Tina McBride, so many great folks – and we’d hang out and have a terrific time.
“I felt really at home. I’m from the Northeast of England, and I started out playing in these folk and blues clubs, these little pubs and cafes, and Nashville felt like I was going back in time. It’s the world that I understand – singer-songwriters with acoustics, telling stories. I took to it like a duck to water.”