Ben Watt’s second album Hendra was released thirty years after his first, North Marine Drive. That is not to suggest that he was sitting on his laurels for those decades or that he had writer’s block. Watt and (his now wife) Tracey Thorn released several albums before the end of the ‘90s as Everything but the Girl, which he followed up with the Lazy Dog DJ project (with Jay Hannan) before finally going all in as the head honcho behind two record labels, the electronic / house imprint Buzzin Fly and the more indie rock Strange Feelings. Watt also published two books, Patient, about his battle with a rare, life-threatening illness, and the just-released, Romany and Tom: A Memoir, an honest look at his parents and growing up. While Watt did host a book launch event that included a few songs post-discussion the night before, his first true solo shows were the next two nights at Joe’s Pub. Watt was in the US to promote Hendra, with ex-Suede guitarist Bernard Butler playing alongside him, via radio interviews like this one for WNYC’s Soundcheck and a few performances in New York and in Los Angeles.