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Guitar Summit: A Chat with Nels Cline and Julian Lage

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Nels Cline
Nels Cline and Julian Lage, Brooklyn 2012
Nels Cline and Julian Lage
Julian Lage at the CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival

It’s mid to late April and schedules have needed adjusting. Nels Cline and Julian Lage, two of today’s most forward-thinking and original guitarists, were set to play a Brooklyn duo gig and then record a studio album, but all of it had to be postponed. And though Cline expected to have summer 2013 free, now he’ll be joining Wilco, the major rock band he’s worked with since 2004, on the AmericanaramA tour with Bob Dylan, My Morning Jacket and others.

“So we can record in the fall-we don’t have a deadline,” Cline says of the Cline-Lage duo, a hugely promising venture that has gigged a handful of times at Le Poisson Rouge, the Stone and elsewhere. One thing will go forward immediately, however: Cline and Lage will record a seven-inch single (A- and B-sides) to support their upcoming appearance at Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival. “We want to have something fun as a little introduction, a souvenir for people,” Cline explains. “We’ll just do tape so it’ll be analog format at every level.”

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