May 19, 2008
Johnathon Ford grew up with an appetite for movie soundtracks, Disney scores and classical music. Those obsessions inform his body of work as Unwed Sailor, an instrumental band that has routinely changed members and styles during its 10-year run.
Ford spent most of 2007 in Lawrence composing portions of Unwed Sailor's new album, "Little Wars." With songs dating back to 2002, the album marks a return to the rock-band format of earlier LPs like "The Faithful Anchor." By contrast, 2006's "The White Ox" was a sparse, ambient collection that took cues from Love and Rockets, Bauhaus and Brian Eno.
Ford and his new Unwed Sailor lineup will kick off a U.S. tour this Friday at the Jackpot Saloon. The itinerant songwriter phoned in from his current home in Tulsa, Okla., to discuss "Little Wars" and his experiences in Lawrence.