Examiner interviewed Johnette Napolitano about her music with Concrete Blonde and her upcoming show at Stubb's in Austin on May 24. Johnette is touring on her own with an acoustic guitar and her songs.
E: What should the audience expect from you on May 24 at Stubb's?
J: I'm really liking the show that I've been doing. I want to do the DVD thing but do it right. The show started developing and I wanted to shoot it.
E: Your book 'Rough Mix' is a collection of short stories, lyrics and drawings.
J: In the book I answer some of the questions I've been asked over the last twenty years.
E: How do you feel about maturity; about the last twenty years passing?
J: People my age will talk about the best days of our lives. We're not our parents' age. We're the first ones who are not our grandparents. We're pioneering. Your spirit doesn't age but your body does. I believe in past lives and regression. I believe I was confused about gender identity. Is it a past life thing? I get a little impatient with people my age because they’re always talking about the old days being so much fun and I’m thinking why don’t they just dig themselves a hole now? This is the time to really bring it. I’ve been doing it long enough that I ought to know what I’m doing. Insecurities that used to plague me aren’t there because I’m too tired for them.
E: Are you enjoying being a musician and being on the road?
J: A mechanic once said to me, 'find something you like to do and then do it every day.'
E: Have you ever gone to Burning Man?
J: I've gone to Burning Man twice. I hide in my tent at night. I ride my bike and check out the amazing art during the day.
Concrete Blonde was founded in 1986 and recorded three classic albums by 1990. They were entitled 'Concrete Blonde', 'Free' and 'Bloodletting'. The last one contained the hit single “Joey”. Johnette is an artist and art gallery owner. She has conducted psychic readings and keeps horses. Johnette's Joshua Tree Tattoo business focuses on nature based design.
The doors for Johnette's solo show at Stubb's in Austin open at 9 p.m. The concert starts at 9:30 and Johnette goes onstage at 10:30 p.m. Tickets for the show cost 20 dollars on Stubb's website.