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Talking After Midnight: LAist Interviews Singer/Songwriter/Multi-Instrumentalist Hawksley Workman

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Hawksley Workman
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Hawksley Workman just may be Canada's best-kept secret. The Juno Award-winning musician has already released 10 records and has gained a following across Canada, Europe and Australia. He recently returned to the US to play his first LA gig in three years. Reviews of his live shows tend to be effusive, and at the Hotel Cafe he lived up to the press. Like his albums, his request-rich set traversed genre, and he proved yet again that his versatile voice can do pretty much anything. Between songs—and even occasionally in the middle of them—he kept the audience laughing through stories about songwriting, relatives and transportation.

When Workman sat down with LAist after his set, the midnight chat covered such topics as the songwriting process, the evolution of car design, "Croc-offs," and the long-awaited release of his debut album (For Him and the Girls) in the United States.

It's great that For Him and the Girls is finally being released in the US—even though it took 10 years to get here! How do you view that album?

That record was a pivotal moment in my life. At the time, I was just a drummer for hire and I pretty much made that record to spite a girl. (laughs) Then all of a sudden—in Canada and parts of Europe—it became a bit of a cult favorite.