Trevor Hall to perform at Kitchen Pass
July 02, 2009 06:36 pm
— By Melissa Dunson
Hall will offer both those perspectives to local audiences when he performs in Joplin on Thursday for the fourth time in his career.
“Sometimes you don’t have a choice with the songs, the songs just come through,” Hall said of his self-titled album.
In a telephone interview with the Globe, Hall said he was inspired
by the fighting in various parts of the world and specifically the
terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India. Hall has visited India twice before.
Hall’s world view infuses his music with a global sound that ranges from Middle Eastern to Jamaican. His lyrics are openly spiritual, but without religious affiliation.
“Everybody gets inspired by something,” Hall said. “I listen to a lot of Indian music. I’m fascinated by that culture and music, because to them, it’s like worship, and I really connect with that.”
Hall’s sound is a fusion of artists like Dave Matthews, Jack
Johnson and Ben Harper along with a healthy dose of reggae from Bob
Marley, the artist Hall cites as his biggest musical inspiration.
Hall has toured with Ziggy Marley, Stevie Nicks, Keb Mo, Matisyahu, Colbie Caillat, Steel Pulse and Rusted Root.
Although Hall’s new album was inspired by what he calls “a
heavy time” in world history, the songs are light, upbeat and
full of hope. They represent his attitude toward life, even through
“If you love something, you don’t even think about stopping,” Hall said of writing and performing his music. “Music is what I love to do. The songs just come through and you feel like it’s your duty to share them with people.”
“Dig deep, that’s what I always say,” he said.
Hall’s self-titled album with Vanguard Records will be in stores July 28, and available on iTunes and at Amazon.com.