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The Heartbreakers' Mike Campbell: "The 80's production... I usually skip the channel when that stuff comes on."

Chris Phelps

Mike Campbell on External Combustion, Getting Songwriting Advice from Bob Dylan, & Having Margo Price and Ian Hunter on the LP

Mike Campbell catches up with Kyle Meredith to talk about External Combustion, his latest album with The Dirty Knobs. The Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers co-founder discusses becoming more of a lyricist, having Margo Price and Ian Hunter guest on the record, and getting songwriting advice from Bob Dylan. Campbell also teamed back up with his Heartbreakers bandmate Benmont Tench and talked about what the future of their archives looks like, before going back to 1982’s Long After Dark to tell us about making Keep A Little Soul with Darlene Love and feeling at odds with the 80s sound of the time. Mike also tells us that he’s not with Fleetwood Mac anymore, which keeps his schedule open for the upcoming tour with The Dirty Knobs in which they’ll also finally get to play their Wreckless Abandon LP that was released in 2020.

Watch the interview above and then check out the videos below.

Kyle is the WFPK Music Director. Email Kyle at kmeredith@lpm.org

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