Interview: Dan Wilson

After the breakup of Minneapolis cult heroes Trip Shakespeare, Dan Wilson brought his impeccable sense of pop polish to the trio Semisonic, who scored a Top-10 hit in 1998 with “Closing Time.” With that group on an extended hiatus, Wilson set out on his own as a producer and writer, striking gold earlier this year with a Song of the Year Grammy for co-writing Dixie Chicks’ “Not Ready To Make Nice.” For the last five years he’s also been working on a solo album, Free Life, which broadens the scope of his sound without losing the hummable quality of his earlier music. Released in October, Free Life was co-produced by Rick Rubin and features Sheryl Crow and former Jayhawk Gary Louris. Wilson chatted with The A.V. Club about the new album, the importance of unstructured recording, and how to approach your first solo record.

Originally published Dec. 9, 2007 on Read the complete article.

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