THR: You’re equally passionate about the music of Buddy Holly. Tell us about the tribute album you’re putting together.
Asher: I am a huge fan. Buddy Holly was one of the things that brought Gordon and I together at school, back in the very formation of Peter and Gordon. I was more of a folkie, Gordon was more of a rocker and he pretty much taught me about Buddy Holly. Those songs always meant a lot to me, so when I was approached to take on the production of a Buddy Holly tribute for the 50th anniversary of his death, I was happy to do so. We’ve done seven tracks so far: Stevie Nicks, Lyle Lovett, Jeff Lynne who produced his own version of “Words of Love,” which is brilliant, The Fray, Chris Isaac …. Who have I left out?
THR: And you’re producing every track?
Asher: So far, the only one I didn’t do is Jeff Lynne because he does all his stuff in his own studio, his own way. So I was happy spectator and visitor, but everything else has been tracked in L.A. at Conway Studios.
THR: When do you hope to have it out and who will release it?
Asher: I’d like to see it come out in late spring. It may be a direct-to-retail deal, it’s still a bit up in the air.
Interesting. Also, BBC Radio 6 just re-ran the 2001 radio documentary “Mr. Blue Sky: The Jeff Lynne Story”, and BBC TV is still working on an ELO documentary that references new material coming out… interesting stuff. :listen: