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Claiming his emotional state has improved, Linkous is eager to get out on the road with a new collection of sidemen and face an audience that once petrified him. Always strapped with a notorious case of stage fright, Linkous feels empowered by the fact that his music is making the same inroads in the States that it has long made in Europe.
"After four records, people in America seem to be coming around to me," he says. "Enough people here accept what I do and appreciate it, and I'm not as terrified to tour as I was in the past."
Featuring songs from all of his releases, the set lists on this current tour should include the same kind of loud/soft, scary/beautiful dichotomy that distinguishes the studio works.
"I try to write songs that don't all sound the same," says Linkous. "I always want my music to sound like a compilation of places and times."
Promising a coherent display of musicianship has not always been easy for Linkous and whatever bandmates he chooses to use. But this time, he sounds confident that he'll keep things together.
"Sometimes I feel like half the audience comes just to see me fall apart," he says with a laugh. "Maybe the audience will be bored just seeing me play the songs well."