Maybe it’s a bit naïve on my part, but I always assumed that guys with Nels’ kind of chops shunned more traditional kinds of guitar playing. Then I saw him with the Geraldine Fibbers playing a Neil Young cover and he played circles around everybody. He seemed so conversant with a rock ‘n’ roll approach. It was eye-opening and great.
I told him I had confidence that there’d be room for both of us to explore in Wilco. I knew I’d reached the limit of my abilities to express myself with the guitar. I love the guitar. But it’s not my main thing. I want to focus on songwriting, and Nels being here makes that a lot easier.