Area native Greg Dulli performs in Newport
By Richard O Jones
Hamilton native Greg Dulli, a 1983 graduate of Ross High School, makes a homecoming appearance tonight (Nov. 3, 2006) at the Southgate House with The Twilight Singers, featuring Mark Lanegan, formerly of the Screaming Trees.
“I met Mark at a party about 17 years ago in Seattle,” Dulli said in a phone interview. “We were introduced by Kurt Cobain.
“About six years ago, we ran into each other in Los Angeles and found out we were both living here. We started hanging out, playing guitar and listening to the blues.”
Dulli and Lanegan have regularly contributed to each other’s projects since 2000, and after joining Dulli’s Twilight Singers on tour, they have teamed up to release “A Stitch in Time,” a special EP of cover songs and tunes from Dulli’s notebooks.
The five-track set includes a hypnotic cover of Massive Attack’s “Live With Me” and a cover of “Flashback,” originally recorded by New Zealand’s reggae band Fat Freddy’s Drop.
“It’s definitely not a reggae song anymore,” Dulli said. “But I loved the words to the song and thought it could use a re-interpretation.
Other tracks on the EP include guest performances by Joseph Arthur and Rick McCollum from Dulli’s former group, The Afghan Whigs.
Other tracks on the EP are “Sublime,” co-written by Dulli and Joseph Arthur, who played with Dulli in the Afghan Whigs, and “They Ride,” co-written by Dulli and another ex-Whig, Rick McCollum.
“I had been holding on to ‘Sublime’ to put out as a single next summer,” Dulli said, “so I put it out in the late fall instead, which is indicative of how my career goes.”
The EP release follows the heavy praise The Twilight Singers received for their latest album, “Powder Burns,” released last May, and offers a preview to the highly anticipated collaboration between Dulli and Lanegan, who will record an album under the moniker of The Gutter Twins.
It was during the last U.S. tour in support of the release of “Powder Burns” that Lanegan joined The Twilight Singers at an emotional show at One Eyed Jack’s in New Orleans. Both Dulli and Lanegan have strong ties to the city devastated the year before by Hurricane Katrina.
In other news, for the first time since parting company in 2001, former Whigs bandmates John Curley, McCollum and Michael Horrigan recently joined forces again with Dulli to record new tracks for an upcoming Rhino retrospective “Unbreakable,” recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis with longtime collaborator Jeff Powell.
Now living in Los Angeles, Dulli said he frequently returns home to visit his family and consume a Richard’s steak sandwich.
“But when I come back on tour, I get to the Southgate House, do a sound check, do the show and leave again,” he said. “But I’m always happy to hang out for half a day.”