We had decided that we wanted to spend our final night in the USA in Oxford and meet up with crime writer Ace Atkins. The fact that I could also do an interview with legendary producer Jim Dickinson on the way clinched the decison. Oh yes, the chance to once more enjoy the meatloaf at the Ajax Diner was also a consideration.
On the way over we stopped at a large chain store to buy some final supplies. Me some jeans and a shirt. Graham some boxer shorts (Hey, they’re cheap!) and a phone card.
We reached the Zebra Ranch around 3.30pm and Jim took us in to his studio. He was charming, ebullient, talkative, and fascinating and our interview went for an hour and could have gone longer if the batteries on my recorder were not running flat. One of his fondest memories of Ardent Studios is working with Weddings Parties Anything and he has even recorded a Mick Thomas song on his latest solo album Killers From Space.
When I thanked Jim for taking the time to talk he said that he enjoyed it because he felt it was important to pass on the stories. I can hardly wait to play the interview on Off The Record.
After checking in to the Downtown Inn & Suites (a great motel in a great location) we met Ace Atkins at the Blind Pig for a drink and adjourned with him to the Ajax. He is hoping to get a publishing deal in Australia but in the meantime I can thoroughly recommend his music based novels (featuring Nick Travers) and his latest two works White Shadow and the recent Wicked City.
What a fantastic day. One of the best.
Tomorrow we are back to Memphis to fly home.