In more ways than one, the Irish troubadour’s songwriting has become woven into the cultural fabric of his home country. Didn’t He Ramble is Hansard’s latest release and arguably his most personal, emotive album to date.
Known for his strength in vulnerable songwriting, it’s clear that Hansard is thoughtful and intentional about the process.
“No one plays like Thomas—he’s truly one of a kind,” he says.
“What he did for me on this record was challenge me to write better songs, which seems instinctive but on the last record, he was sort of a supporting character to the songs, whereas on this one, he was a guiding hand in pushing me to make them better.” From New York to Dublin, Chicago and France, the album was recorded in several cities that all offered their own unique perspectives.
Seán is known for eating, drinking and writing, making him uniquely qualified to work for Lovin Dublin.The record features the musical talents of Brad Albetta (Martha Wainwright) on bass, Ray Rizzo on drums, Nico Muhly and Rob Moose on strings (Bon Iver, Y Music), David Mansfield on slide guitar (Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Tour), Javier Mas (Leonard Cohen touring band) and half of Bruce Springsteen’s current horn section.Assisting on vocals are Cristin Milioti (Once, The Musical), Sam Amidon, Marketa Irglova and Aida Shahghasemi (Marketa Irglova touring band).A lot of self-editing and reworking of words, ideas. At the same time, I need to believe what I’m writing, or why would the listener believe it?”The first recording session set up for Didn’t He Ramble happened in Chicago with his touring band.