Joseph Arthur is a modern-day renaissance man. He's earned respect as a versatile and prolific rocker, his visual art has earned him critical and popular success, and his humanitarian efforts with the organization A River Blue have helped bring art, music and other opportunities to children in refugee camps in Northern Uganda.
For all his sterling credentials, Arthur remains easygoing and casual. He was particularly playful during our most recent chat, and we were all too happy to oblige, especially when he burst into spontaneous song about a random remark he had made. It was a silly moment, but one which illustrates his process and his spirit.
Arthur also remains in the vanguard of the music industry, having long since started offering high-quality live recordings of his performances to fans immediately after each concert. In this session, he performs acoustic versions of songs from his forthcoming rock record, Temporary People.
Originally recorded July 1, 2008.
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