After performing in various bands and collaborating with his wife, Margo Price, Nashville-based Jeremy Ivey released his debut album, The Dream and the Dreamer, Sept. 13 on Anti- Records. Produced by Price, the nine-song album is a collection of introspective tracks
Ivey says he wrote the album’s title track in his sleep: “[Margo and I] were in Mexico. We both passed out kind of early and I woke up in the night and I had this dream about these two characters. One of them was a glowing green ball and the other one was a figure. And then it turned out that it was a story is about America, and that the dream was the American dream. The dreamer was the exodus from England to find a new place.”
With a wife, young son, an infant, and a new album, Ivey is living his own dream of sorts. DittyTV Senior Editor Tim W. Jackson touched base with Ivey to look at the past, present, and future in this 5 Questions segment.
1) Let’s start by going back a ways. When did you first pick up an instrument, and who were your earliest musical influences?
I started playing around 14 to 15 years old. My first influences were a lot of oldies on the radio, back then oldies meant early rock and roll—1950s and ’60s stuff. My grandpa played me a tape of Hank Williams singing his song “Lost Highway,” and that woke up parts of my mind I didn’t know were there. That made me think about songs differently, permanently.
2) And following that, do you recall when you first decided you wanted to give music a try professionally?
I never thought of it as a profession. I still don’t. It’s more or less an addiction. Some kind of habit, good or bad, that I can’t quit.
3) Obviously, you’re not new to the business, and you and Margo were in groups such as Secret Handshake and Buffalo Clover, but tell me about what it meant to you to release your first solo album, The Dream and the Dreamer, this fall?
It feels good to know that some of my favorite songs don’t have to go unrecorded, unsung, and unheard anymore. I felt a little blocked up and frustrated for a long time because a lot of my songs were too weird to try to get anyone else to sing. I just suppressed that side of my brain and tried to normalize my writing. Now thanks to Margo, and Anti (Records), and my small but mighty fan base, I don’t have to.
4) The album has been out less than three months, but after touring in September and October and playing the songs live, do you look at the songs differently now than you did when you were in the studio recording them?
No, which is a good thing. If I felt differently about them it would probably be a bad feeling. None of them have deteriorated over time. I still feel they are sturdy and well built enough to last a few more years.
5) You not only brought a new album into the world this year, but back in June, you and Margo welcomed your daughter into the world as well. At 40 years old, it has been a very big year. So we’ll end by looking forward. What does the crystal ball say is coming up next for Jeremy Ivey in terms of family and career?
Yes, Ramona was born on June 4th and she’s the greatest release of the year hands down. There will be some new music coming in 2020, too.
Take a listen to The Dream and the Dreamer here: