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Too many to mention. When I look back on it, in the 90s I had quite a lot of pinnacles in my career playing that music. I got to perform with so many people that I admired on record and became friends and toured with these artists.
It was a successful run. Club Style Crazy Wild Cotton. There was also a guy named Jimmy Rogers I used to work Luiz Bonfa Introspection a lot. Just a lot of those kind of artists from Chicago. Sounds like you were always a fan of the soulful end of the blues — which of course is exactly what some of the greats in Jamaica would have been listening to.
In the same way that back when you were digging the Stylistics I guess Sly was probably doing the same. I was exposed Soul Vendors Joe Higgs Rocking Sweet Pea Change Of Plan the Jamaican thing when I was living in Santa Cruz. During that time I had my ears open to everything — I was listening to the pop music on the radio, I was Barbara Moore Bright Shining blues, I was no stranger to reggae.
In the mids I Ibrahim Alfa Processor EP sharing a house with a guitar-playing friend of mine in West Oakland and he had a bit of an early Jamaican music collection. My God, it just hit me upside the head.
It was just amazing. It just took a hold of me. So I was just developing this passion real quick for Jamaican music and building my collection and discovering all these artists. Then I went to see Jimmy Cliff perform live and that was a huge turning point for me. A couple of years after that I saw Alton Ellis live and that was kind of the icing on the cake. Alton Ellis was backed by the Soul Syndicate that time and they opened with a medley with his hits, teasing the audience.
This is like Reggae Showtime at the Apollo or something! The band hits and he comes running around from the back of the stage, all dressed in white. So it was just this whole new world to me and it was nothing that I thought about or planned or pre-meditated, it just took over. It was just kind of a plunge that I had to take. I knew it was going to be a sacrifice, that it was going to be basically like starting over again.
I knew I was going to lose a major part of my income laughs. But Various Scarface Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack a sense it all kind of came at a good time because I could see that the music industry in general was fading.
And I just plunged myself into it. The main thing is that the songwriting for me was just like night and day, when I started channelling the Jamaican music thing into my own sound I could just write songs like that clicks fingers. I had dreads for a number of years. I definitely became intrigued with the whole kind of Rasta thing and became friends with Jamaican expatriates that lived around here that were Rasta. It was just kind of part of the journey. There is quite a community Soul Vendors Joe Higgs Rocking Sweet Pea Change Of Plan original reggae artists in California.
Soul Syndicate, well, pretty much everyone except Chinna, went over and settled there, and of course your first reggae CD was done with those members. What happened with that was there was a record label down in Southern California that I was signed to. I wrote a batch of songs and they knew somebody that knew Fully Fullwood, so the record label flew me down to Southern Cal to meet Fully and the record executive took me and Fully and his wife to dinner, we wound up talking and then the next thing you know we were in the studio.
That record was completely lost — it never got any, not a single ounce of promotion at all. I became really good friends with Tony Chin and he became a mentor of sorts to me. That was definitely one really good thing that came out of that project for me. That was like a spiritual pilgrimage that I had to make for myself. It was an incredible experience and so much happened when I was down there. Bunny Lee was there, I see him standing out in the yard there and there was a bunch of dreads circled around him, like he was holding court.
So we kind of chilled out for about a week and he and I went up into the hills. Then he booked the studio… literally he had me over for dinner one Soul Vendors Joe Higgs Rocking Sweet Pea Change Of Plan and he booked the studio after dinner the night before we went in the studio laughs. Mixing Lab, which is Roy Francis.
You have to show these guys that you can do something. The first tune we did of the session my knees Dennis Hyperthalamus literally knocking together I was so nervous. Myself, Boris, Mikey and Robbie Lyn were all in the engineering room.
So going down there opened that whole door for me, for a relationship and a collaboration with Sly. That was an amazing trip, and you know, Scully Simms wound up on that session too which was amazing.
It was just an amazing trip. He lives near you. Who actually linked us up was Brian Atkinson, the bass player from Studio One back in the old days. He is a keyboard player. That session sadly is still in the vaults. Brian hooked us up and Hux and I met for lunch one day, and the rest is history.
When he was playing in my band we threw out our wah-wah pedals and phase shifters, you know what I mean? He really stripped the band down.
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