At His Age, the Headmaster's Still Got Plenty of Soul

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Nick Lowe's hard-edged production style — one of his nicknames is 'Basher' — helped establish the do-it-yourself punk aesthetic. Dan Burn-Forti hide caption

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Nick Lowe

Nick Lowe's hard-edged production style — one of his nicknames is 'Basher' — helped establish the do-it-yourself punk aesthetic.

Dan Burn-Forti

British blue-eyed soul singer Nick Lowe played London's pub scene in the '70s in the band Brinsley Schwarz, produced five albums for Elvis Costello, and played with Ry Cooder and Jon Hiatt in Little Village. Now he's back with a solo album, his ninth, called At My Age, and he joins Terry Gross for an interview and an in-studio performance.

As a producer, he's known for a rough-edged style; as a songwriter, he's famed for tunes including "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding," "Cruel to be Kind" and "The Beast in Me," the last recorded by Johnny Cash.

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