Producer/Sound Engineer: Tommy Detamore
Piano – Floyd Domino
Drums – Tom Lewis
Guitar – Wayne “Animal” Turner
Bass – Brad Fordham
The first day of recording for me is a little intimidating - especially when you are recording songs that you wrote. And even more when you are playing with amazing musicians that you respect. And these guys are ACES. So it’s like going on a first date. You spend a little time getting to know each other. So we started on a common ground – a bridge (as Tommy said) between what I’ve done before and where we are going with this new album.
The first song we cut was a song called “Fifty Years Ago Today”. I wrote this song for Ricky Davis’ parents’ 50th Wedding Anniversary. I was inspired when I heard the story of their romance. Ricky’s Dad was in the military and was stationed in Texas. He came up to Vegas with a buddy and went on a double date with Ricky’s Mom and another gal. They had a great time. Ricky’s Mom went back home to Salt Lake City, UT and his Dad went back to Texas. They talked on the phone for a period of time and one night Ricky’s Dad asked his Mom to meet him in The Little White Chapel in Vegas on her birthday. And 50 years later, they are still together.
We cut “I’ll Take What I Can Get”, “I Don’t Go There”, “It’s Rainin Inside”, “Outside the Outsiders”, “Nice Girl” (a song written by my friend Davin James), and “I Don’t Want to Know”.
Recording can be a tedious process of listening and over-analyzing and wondering. But what I love is the creative element – the bouncing off of ideas by musicians and hearing what sounds other people bring to the table. You write a song and you sometimes hear the whole thing in your head. Most of these songs, I just heard a part of it. I had no idea what they could be. That’s why I left this project primarily in the hands of Tommy Detamore. But in the studio, it is always a combination of many minds and souls.
To say that I was on a high after the first day is an understatement. I get excited about a song when I write it. But there’s a renewed excitement when it’s recorded. It’s your brand new baby – still in the hospital, still waiting to go home. But you have fallen in love – you can’t stop staring and those feelings of amazement just keep running through you.
Here’s a pic of the “Black Friday” crew:
L-R: Wayne Turner, Moi, Tom Lewis, Brad Fordham, Floyd Domino