Cheryl Wheeler is a renowned singer/songwriter. You may not know her, but you’ve heard her songs, covered by artists including Dan Seals, Kathy Mattea, Suzy Bogguss, Bette Midler, Peter Paul & Mary, and Garth Brooks. In folk circles, she is among the most well-regarded writers and performers of her generation. She tours the US regularly, delighting audiences with a mix of beautiful ballads, and hilarious stories and funny songs.
I have run a mailing list for Cheryl’s fans since 1996. The interview featured in this podcast was conducted in Austin, Texas on April 25. Cheryl has just released a new album, Pointing at the Sun. It is her tenth full-length studio album, and first independent release. Cheryl recorded six albums for Rounder Records. In 2003, I produced a compilation of her unrecorded work for members of the mailing list. That two-disc item is called No Previous Record.
You’ll hear me talk about the mailing list a lot in the interview. Cheryl has been very supportive of me and the list. I asked members to submit questions before the interview. Here is a cheat sheet for those who don’t know Cheryl Wheeler or her music.
Tony = Cheryl’s manager, Tony Gottlieb
Cathleen = Cheryl’s partner
Kenny = Kenny White, singer/songwriter and frequent collaborator w/Cheryl. Kenny produced four songs on Pointing at the Sun.
Ben = Ben Wisch, producer of several of Cheryl’s albums, and seven PATS tracks.
The backhoe man = the hero of Cheryl’s song, “His Hometown” form the Sylvia Hotel album.