Rachael Yamagata describes her relationship with Tom McRae
as "pretty organic". The very same way she describes
the production of her debut album 'Happenstance', but more
of that later.
Tonight the twenty-something self-confessed hopeless romantic
American songstress is supporting Tom at the Carling Academy
in London. "We just have these weird intersecting lives,"
They met in March 2002 at a BMG international conference showcasing
for the label. She opened for him that night and a week later
in New York. Circumstances called for Rachael to 'borrow'
Tom's cellist for the recording of her album, "because
mine pulled out at the last minute," she admits.
"We kept in touch. I'm not sure when we decided to do
this tour but I just did
a US tour and Tom opened for me. That time I had the full
band and he had made a Trio. So it was reversal roles for
about a month."
That US tour was her second headlining tour.
"The first time was quite intimidating. I had a new band
and I didn't even know if people would show up because you're
not aware of the press that you get or whether people are
reacting on a subjective level." She pauses for thought,
"and then it was great."
"The second tour," she continues "was a little
more relaxed because the band had settled in and we felt good
and there were a lot of sold out shows. The
gigs were booked nicely and so it took a little of the pressure
off. Though gigging is a crazy experience because there is
so much weight on every show. People show up or they don't
and it's all under your name." >>