INTERVIEW: Harmonizing the Blues: An Intimate Conversation with Chris Turpin of Ida Mae

Ida Mae
Photo by Dean Chalkley

In episode #160 of The XS Noize Podcast, Mark Millar meets Chris Turpin, one-half of British indie-blues-rock duo Ida Mae, to talk about their latest LP, "Thunder Above You."

Ida Mae is a husband and wife duo of Chris Turpin and Stephanie Jean Ward. They met while studying at university, quickly bonding over their passion for music and later forming their first band, Kill It Kid. Penning three critically acclaimed records, they spent their early twenties touring extensively across Europe.

Recorded in just seven days, their new album Thunder Above You marks the most significant creative period in Ida Mae's career. It followed months of touring the states with legendary artists, including Willie Nelson and Lucinda Williams, driving from clubs to arena shows while inspired by the dramatic landscapes surrounding them.

In this interview, Chris talks about the writing and recording of Thunder Above You and lots more. Listen to episode #160 of The XS Noize Podcast with Chris Turpin from Ida Mae – BELOW:

Previous XS Noize Podcast guests have been Future IslandsPeter FramptonJohn LydonNick HeywardSteven WilsonMatt GossBilly NomatesTom MeighanToyah Wilcox, Midge UreTravis, New OrderThe KillersTito JacksonSimple Minds, Divine ComedyShaun RyderGary NumanSleaford ModsThe Brand New Heavies.

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Ida Mae

'Thunder Above You' Tracklist:

1. My Whispers Are Wildfire
2. Into Your River
3. American Cars
4. Doing It For Badness
5. Lost On Your Time
6. To Your Love
7. My Wild Flying Dove
8. Feel The World Turning
9. Landslide
10. Thunder Above You
11. Hold You Like Fading Light

Listen to 'Thunder Above You' - here.


Xsnoize Author
Mark Millar is the founder of XS Noize and looks after the daily running of the website as well as hosting interviews for the weekly XS Noize Podcast. Mark's favourite album is Achtung Baby by U2.

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