First, the Junior Kimbrough/OGM CD release party last year was an absolute success and as time passes it seems to be achieving legendary status, and for those couple hundred of yall who were there: yes it was that hot, yes it was that fun. By the way, talking with David and Kinney Kimbrough, even they say they’d never played a hotter gig where the walls were sweating, the building moving, and folks were making babies in the parking lot.
Second, the new album was recorded in Como, MS at Jimbo Mathus’ Delta Recording Services with Kinney Kimbrough on drums. We recorded 10 songs in 1 hour and 50 minutes with 2 breaks…and all but two songs are first takes. I feel that “40 Nickels For A Bag Of Chips” is a damn good example of feeling and initial gut reaction to music. Kinney hadn’t heard ANY of the songs before we recorded them. We played Issaquena once through as a warm up and then recorded the song 2 minutes later, and that was the only song Kinney had a “preview” of. For the rest of the tunes I’d say something like “slinky groove” or “think Cottonpatch Disco” or “I was listening to Paul Wine Jones when I wrote this” and that was it. I’d start playing and he would laser beam onto the groove and just get it in there deep. It was a natural fit, and the most fun I’ve ever had playing music with someone for the first time. The man is an ABSOLUTE pro. Looking at an early summer release…say, in late May or early June. Here is a vid clip of the warm up song:
Third, I’ve got another record in the works with CW Ayon on drums and vocals. Got to say I’ve been surprised as hell at the response to my singing at the last few gigs…so dammit I’m singing a song or two on this album. We’re doing some recording near the end of July, and hoping for a fall release in October/November. Here is a sneak peak at one of the new tunes called “Back In The Day”. This is live at Sparky’s BBQ in Hatch, New Mexico and it is the first time we ever played it in public…and the third time we’d played it EVER. CW had the lyrics written on his snare! I wrote this tune in tribute to T Model Ford and we were fortunate enough to debut it in front of T Model that night! That’s Jesse Gutierrez of Blues Messiah, Jame Theory, and 8 other bands sitting in with us on bass!
And lastly, I sure appreciate yall who are coming out to the shows, and your response to the new stuff makes my day. Can’t wait to see yall again!