From what I gathered from our half-hour conversation, Huey Lewis is a neat guy. He laughs a lot and talks to you, not down or at you. He mumbles funny stories and name-drops totally unpretentiously and has sort of an accepting and easygoing attitude. He's cool like the Dude, but with talent and enduring success.
He called at our scheduled interview time, a reasonable 10:30 a.m. on the East Coast. But after chatting for a minute, Lewis mentioned that it was much earlier out on his Montana ranch where he currently lives. He then complimented me on my name. There's nothing that warms a writer's heart like a name compliment just before an interview with an '80s icon -- especially one who also has two first names.
Lewis isn't only one of the most famous pop stars of that neon decade but he's also an accomplished actor who got his start on the harmonica busking in Europe. He performed with the News this past weekend at the inaugural Lauderdale Live. In reference to his migration to warmth, he mentioned something Merle Haggard once told him. Haggard defined success as living "North in the summertime and South in the wintertime."
You can read about Lewis' local performance on County Grind. To learn about the last time he hitchhiked, what he thinks about drum machines, and what it was like on the set of his American Psycho parody, keep clicking here.