A. Heck yeah, that band is seriously great. The real beauty of what’s happened to me in playing with that band is that it’s made me a better guitar player over the last couple of years. I’m 56 and I’m still trying to figure stuff out, so playing that kind of music is a little different for me. It’s making me learn where swing and jazz and some of those things come together. I had a really fine guitar player that came to the show last night and she told me, “Your guitar playing is even better since you’ve been playing with these guys.” I’m getting to be what I always wanted to be, a guitar player.
Q. You’ve been working on a Merle Haggard-Buck Owens tribute album with your Time Jumpers pal, steel guitar player Paul Franklin. Where are you in that process?
A. It’s done. I think [record executive] Mike Dungan and the folks at Universal are going to put it out. It’s great news.
Q. And I hear you’re also at work on a bluegrass album?
A. I’m hoping so. I’m trying to get [fiddler] Stuart Duncan to help me make a great bluegrass record. We’ve been great friends [for many years]. And Mike wants [me to make] a record to go chase the country world with, so I’m going to start on that real soon. I’m in a pretty creative place these days and having an awful lot of fun. Life’s pretty great.