Q – I recently bought John Phillips’ The Wolfking of LA and was wondering if you’d made reference to a couple of lines in the new record: namely Genevieve and Holland Tunnel.

I don’t think the songs are especially similar to yours either musically or lyrically although there are obviously country rock textures in your new album.

Are you a fan of Phillips (as a musician not a man!) or thought of covering any of his songs..?

A – Well I’m a pretty big fan without being a devotee. I’d say Dedicated To The One I Love is one of the greatest pop songs ever. I don’t know that record but it sounds interesting. I have, for the longest time, been thinking about covering his song California Earthquake which Cass Elliot recorded. The lyric is fantastic – They say that the faultline runs – right through here!