When Scottish tunesmith Justin Currie was holed up in an isolated cottage on the Isle of Skye several months ago, two hours from an Internet connection, he didn’t bother to chronicle his progress, as he churned out 15 songs in two weeks – many of which appear on his latest third solo CD, “Lower Reaches.” When he’s alone, he has no urge to communicate through social media. But once he touched down in America on his current tour, the 49-year-old ex-Del Amitri frontman began a prosaic blog, posting literate, and amusing, updates on his journey. Friends are hoping he will turn the curious musings into a book. “But it’s just a little diary, really,” he says.
So it’s just you, your road manager, and the guitarist Stuart Nesbitt in a little mini-van, tooling cross-country?
Yep. We’re traveling during the day, so we’re seeing quite a lot. I’m quite enjoying it. I’m in Austin today. But we started in Nashville, and then we did Cleveland, Pittsburgh, a couple of shows in New York, then Chicago and Minneapolis. And now we’re in Texas.
Are you seeing a lot of roadside Americana? Like The World’s Largest Prairie Dog?
We do all that stuff! And we’re trying to pull over to food stops that look weird, rather than generic ones. We were somewhere called The Smokey Pokey the other day, a BBQ place in Oklahoma. And I saw a trucker’s church – this tiny little chapel at one of the truck stops that you could put on the back of a trailer. That was pretty sweet.
So any diet is right out the window?
You could probably eat really healthy if you were very disciplined. Whereas you couldn’t 20 years ago on the road. But in America, we do end up eating a lot of diner food, which we don’t really get in Britain, like corned beef hash and hash browns. I’m constantly on the hunt for good corned beef hash.
Have you met any cool Americans this tour?
Yeah. We met a very interesting guy today in a vintage clothing store between Dallas and Austin called Style Station. The guy who owns it is a really radical, political guy, and he just comes out with these streams of historical information and conspiracy theories, and he goes on about this stuff absolutely nonstop. And the store is packed with cowboy boots, Western wear, and ‘70s stuff.
Tuned into any odd radio stations?
We’ve been trying to find those weird radio stations, but we’ve had a problem getting signals. Every time we tune into something that sounds quite interesting, it just tunes out on us. So we’ve given up.
IF YOU GO
Where: Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.
When: 9 p.m. Oct. 9
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