Well, I gotta be honest…I’m really proud of this CD. I actually dig listening to it, which is saying a lot. Often times I need to take a big break from my records for quite a while after I record them. But I guess I just wrote and played what I like, with musicians that I love, and it feels good to me! I didn’t belabor my solos in the studio…I can hear all kinds of imperfections, but it’s real, and it’s in the moment.
My biggest joy in life is collaborating with other musicians who are both friends and gifted artists. I’ve been blessed to do that throughout my career so many times! Once again the honor came upon me when my buddy Terry Hanck said “yes” and joined me on a couple of tunes where we could both spar vocally in a duet, and swap licks on our axes. Terry’s a quadruple threat as a killer singer, song writer, sax player, and performer!! Thanks man!
Being in a saxxy mood I also invited my long time pal Dana Robbins to join me on the record. Dana and I have stayed in touch since our days back in the early ‘80s when we toured behind John Mayall in Maggie Mayall and the Cadillacs. Both of us have never stopped, and today Dana tours and kicks butt on sax with the great Delbert McClinton. Do we plan to do upcoming shows together? You bet! Can’t wait!!
Dave Keyes has joined me many times on stage when we’ve augmented the trio for various shows and festivals. He and I have done tons of blues cruises together, so he was a natural choice when LOVE SPIN called for some piano!
For those of you who were looking forward to hearing Candye Kane and Laura Chavez on my CD, well, so was I. Unfortunately Candye was severely ill and in the hospital during the recording time. We were all so disappointed, but happily, she has just completed a major tour of Europe.! Bless you my sister!
I met Jay Stollman through Johnny Winter, and after Johnny’s passing , we both ended up performing with the Johnny Winter Remembrance Show. Jay asked me to co-produce his CD for him during the summer of 2014 and then I invited him to join me in a another duet on LOVE SPIN. This time it was an R’nB number, “Don’t Change It Up,” written by Don Castagno. Jay’s got an amazing soul/rock voice so I also invited Scott Spray, Johnny’s long time bass player, to join us on that tune and put some ‘stank’ on the bottom! Since then, Scott has received a Grammy award for his contribution to Johnny Winter’s “Down and Dirty” CD, with his song, “I’M A BLUES MAN.” Heck yea we got some chemistry goin’ on! Look for special live shows to come!
Once more I employed the multi talented Paul Opalach to turn his studio into our love nest for LOVE SPIN! Yes, sometimes we would laugh, feel very inspired, and sometimes butt heads; and in the end it all turned into another record! Paul is always a master at the board, and as always, you will hear him on several instruments…slide, bass, and organ! I never go wrong at Long Hill Recording Studios.
Lastly, I couldn’t have made this record without the help of all of my friends and fans who pre-ordered and donated to the on-line fundraiser for Love Spin. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all. Now please give LOVE SPIN a spin! Debbie Davies