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“She had gone with her dogs in her Volkswagen camper van from England to Spain or Portugal – I’m not sure which it was. She was helping a friend, this guy named Paul Conroy, paint his boat. I rang her up and said that I was in Nashville, and I asked her if she wanted to come over and make a record. She said, ‘I’d love to, but I’m with my four dogs on this boat.’ It became this thing about how the dogs would get babysat.
“She managed to get it all sorted out, and three or four days later she was in Nashville. She had written a song with Paul called Take Good Care, and it ended up on the album. We made a film of the song for Amnesty, which they then used in a massive campaign.
“When Joss arrived in Nashville, she was pretty exhausted ‘cause she had to fly halfway around the world. But we did the record in only five or six days, and it was fantastic. We wrote the songs, recorded them – just boom, boom, boom. The musicians loved Joss’ voice. She really took to working in Nashville, too. I like taking people out of their normal environment. It’s a really creative way to do things.
“This was the first thing she did on her independent label, and it went top five in Germany and France and Denmark. She wasn’t even on tour and didn’t do any promotion for it.”