While Gemma was falling to the pavement from a heart attack, the actress who portrays her was soulfilly singing over the melodrama. We caught up with "Sons of Anarchy" star Katey Sagal to talk about her double life as a singer.
LAT: You’ve recorded two solo albums, and you wrote most of the tracks on those records. But the songs you record for "Sons of Anarchy" are covers, like [Wednesday] night’s Leonard Cohen classic, "Bird on a Wire." Do you have a preference for covers versus your own music?
KS: My last record, "Room," I recorded three covers. I love interpreting other people’s music. For "Sons," Bob Thiele, the show’s music supervisor, arranges the songs in a way that’s very different and I sing them differently than the original artist, so it’s really fun. There’s so many great songs already written, it’s kind of really wonderful you don’t have to write your own.
LAT: Who’s your backup band, and where do you record the tracks for the show?
KS: Bob has a great list of musicians that cut a lot of our source music for the show. He has a studio at his house and we record the band and I do the vocals. Bob is somebody I’ve been working with long before "Sons of Anarchy." He produced my last record, and he’s been my friend for the last 25 years so we’ve played a lot of music together.