I’m very excited and honored to have Joe Kramer, and Mike Dillon and fellow Newark native Robbie ‘SeaHag’ Mangano, joining the ranks of amazing guests on the new amandla record. Rokkk on gents, bless ya hearts.
I’m also very excited to be joining the family of Effective Immediately PR, as well as the management family at Rocky Mountain Artists.
Workin’ workin’ workin’….out of the melee of writing and condensing of material stand 12 songs of the best music I’ve written in my life, so there. It’s been a painful, gut wrenching, soul crushing few months, going to these places where this music has come from. I damn near lost my marbles. But it’s all coming together, and coming together rather flippin’ well at that, despite some rather extraordinary setbacks and hiccups during the process; my trusty ’90 335 was a bit of a wreck intonation wise from the car trip out here out into the thick Tejas climate, and took four guys on it over the course of two weeks to get it good; then my engineer was laid up for over a week with a bulging disk; the studio dog was skunked one week, clouding every airspace in the building with the noxious, toxic odor – holy hell that’s intense. The smell sticks to everything – the strings of the guitars, clothes, and transfers to your fingertips so you carry it around, it sticks to your clothes… it’s wretched - it literally smells like a dead man on fire. I used to like that smell cause it reminds me of tasty herb, but the up-close deal is truly a nightmare come alive. Play fucking games, the animal kingdom does not.
In the interim, not keeping busy enough I guess, I’ve been jamming a bit with Jeff Pinkus’s Pure Luck doing hilarious bar gigs and classic BBQ backyard jams where men wrassle in the mud pausing only to pull from their respective bottles of Jim Beam. I love Austin, TX with all of my heart, I always had a home here. Folks are bringing me in here real nice like. Pure Luck’s jamming tomorrow at a benefit show featuring David Yow of Jesus Lizard/Scratch Acid. Badassedness!
Pinkus also just put me on the dream gig of a lifetime for a little ole black boy from Jersey – New Year’s Eve, with Honky, Austin TX. I’m going to chop folks’ balls right the hell off, but please don’t take it personal, it’s just what I do.
Also to mention is I’m forming a soul revue band to do a weekly residency shake and party night, featuring the music of Motown/Stax. Singer Teal Collins Zee has stepped up to the plate to rain down the love. It’s going to be THE scene, THE ticket, for goodness and grooviness in Austin. The band lineup is frikin stupendous, and to my amusement, consists of a rhythm section all from Jersey. Fuckin…..
You’ll leave hot, horny, and sore from the dance floor from the greatest music ever made by the American race. You may even get lucky and meet your future ex-wife. Details to be announced.
Love to all – be blessed, be here now – and rock the hell onward – - – - – - -