Deborah Bonham Discusses Family Members and Her New Album, 'Duchess'
'Duchess' is your first North American release. How did end up hooking up with Rhino Records?
It's an amazing story. It was a guy who was managing us at the time. He was more of a friend and agent. He took my demos to Robin Hurley, who is the VP [of A&R] at Rhino and he loved it. I was playing in Malta with Robert Plant at a festival and I did the support slot, and Robin flew over to see me perform there. It was amazing to me because at  to get a deal with a major label is fantastic.
Your first album, 'For You and the Moon,' was made in 1985 when you were a teenager, and the second, 'The Old Hyde,' in 2004. In between, did you leave the music business?
My first record, I got tied up contractually. It was really nasty. It ended up really horrible. I couldn't do anything for about 10 years and it really did screw me up. I thought, "I can either sit and cry about this or I can just go out and learn the industry." So I started working in an office capacity doing anything, at lots of different record companies on a temporary basis. I worked in marketing, distribution, A&R. I worked all across the board and I ended up working for Warner's legal department and I worked on some contracts.
I learned what contracts are like ,and I went back and looked at my old contracts and I fought it through the legal system and won and got out of it, so I was able to record again. Then, I started again, but unfortunately because I had started pretty young, without a shadow of doubt, the industry is very ageist. It's not easy when 10, 15 years later, you're told, "Well, you're a bit old now." Now, age doesn't actually matter to me at all because it's all about the music. I'm not trying to be out there as a some young sex god [laughs].
Were you writing all that time as