Maintaining energy on stage night after night on tour is tough; maintaining energy on stage night after night for 10 years—while writing comics and illustrating guide books on the side—is even tougher. But when I ask quirky New York folk singer Jeffrey Lewis how he manages, he just sort of shrugs.
“Honestly, I usually can’t even think about it until I’m actually there doing it…there are so many other things that need to be done beforehand,” he explains when I ring him up Tuesday night, a week before his U.S. tour. “Right now for instance I’m finishing up a comic book about Woody Guthrie,” he adds, “and then I have to mail posters out for the upcoming tour, so I’m licking envelopes. And then at the same time I’m stressed about the current election…I’m hosting a debate-watching party at my apartment this evening. So hitting the road hasn’t even entered my mind yet.”
It’s not surprising coming from Lewis, a restless creative type whose impressive oeuvre of songs, drawings, and comic books made him a cult figure among Manhattan’s anti-folk scene in the late 1990s, and has attracted thousands of fans worldwide. Continue reading →