The main artistic thread throughout Nick Lowe’s career has been musical evolution. “Eclectic” doesn’t even begin to describe him. Lowe is basically a jukebox come to life: he started out making country with Brinsley Schwarz, moved on to power pop with Rockpile, and produced era-defining punk and New Wave records by Elvis Costello, the Pretenders, and the Damned.
In 2011, Lowe took time out of his tour with Wilco and stopped by our Studio 1A. At the time, he was supporting The Old Magic, an album that reached back to early rock and roll for inspiration. Lowe talked to KUTX’s Jay Trachtenberg about his songwriting, saying that he works on songs until he can’t hear himself in them any more. The live version of “Somebody Cares For Me” does sound like an old cover, but it’s also pure Lowe: simple, soulful, and unforgettable. Listen to the song below, and see Nick Lowe live at the Paramount Theatre on Sunday, March 6 with Mavis Staples.