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New CD: Some Friends & Special Guests
  • Tommy Castro: What more can I say? Mr. San Francisco Blues & Soul is here contributing scorching Albert/TC/Otis Rush style guitar on 24 Hours. He is my old friend and bluesmate from the Nitecry days in the 1980's. Tommy was a formidable foil for me once again on this tune. He's bad & he's nationwide!

  • Steve Freund: An alumni of the Sunnyland Slim, Luther Allison, & Boz Scaggs bands, Steve was my hands down choice for the down home blues portion of this album; 23 Kinds of Fine & Delbert McClinton's Someday Baby. He also provides great rhythm guitar behind Mr. T. Castro on 24 Hours.

  • Mitch Woods: Mr. Boogie's BACK! I've arranged & played on Mitch's last two albums, & toured the world with him. Here returning the favor, I've featured him playing his knocked out Professor Longhair style Rhumba 88's on What's Yours is Yours.

  • Steve Lucky: Mr. Lucky is known to most fans as Mr. California Swing! I couldn't agree more, but I know a secret that the hepcats might have missed: He can roll New Orleans piano with the best of them! Steve came in & burned on the solo on Lose That Loser.

  • Larry Batiste: Hey Boo-Boo! Anyone, who knows Larry, knows how special he is as a person and as a talent. Larry produced ALL my vocals & helped me to believe in this project from its inception. He con- tributes his deft vocal arrangements & muscular baritone (with his A-Team of Jeanie Tracy & Conesha Monet) on What's Yours is Yours & One Time in A Row & (with Ira Walker & Elena Keating) on So Close.

  • Tom Poole: Tom has played with everyone in The Blues & R & B. He is currently with Etta James' Roots Band & is my long time cohort in Sy Klopps' "Horns of Dilemma". POOLE is THE MAN if you ever need great trumpet, an endless supply of gut busting jokes & a true friend.

  • Danny Armstrong: This man is pure love (Just like another trombonist-Larry Batiste). Danny has also given me inspiration from the beginning of this project-and since the day we met. He blows some great solos on Maceosity as well as his locomotive sized tone that provides the fatback for all of my horn arrangements. Danny is THE ROCK of "The Horns of Dilemma", one of Lavay Smith's favorite "Red Hot Skillet Lickers", as well as an in-demand session player.

  • Ed Earley: I play with Ed in Rhythmtown-Jive. Ed filled in for Danny A. at the eleventh hour on 24 Hours and did a great job as always. Ed was in Albert King's and Joe Louis Walker's bands. He currently plays in The Elvin Bishop Band & Rhythmtown-Jive as well as fronts his own band.

  • Danny Caron: Danny knows The Blues & New Orleans R&B, having spent many years with the late Charles Brown & Clifton Chenier. Danny provides the necessary chank-a-chank rhythm guitar on Lose That Loser.

  • Jeff Tamelier: I am a rhythm guitar nut, so it was only natural that I got Jeff in to play that great Steve Cropper-esque guitar on One Time in A Row. I think Jeff's THE guy for rhythm, considering he's currently the guitarist for one of my influences, and quite a funky little band; Tower of Power.

  • Jimmy Sanchez & Steve Evans: Roy Rogers' brilliant rhythm section helped lay down the swamp groove on What's Yours is Yours & the Reggae meets Nashville underpinning for the "pop" One Time in A Row.

  • Anthony Paule: Johnny Nocturne's tasteful guitarist helps me out here with that great Gretsch fat hollow-body rhythm complementing Mr. Freund's Chicago/Delta solid-body picking on Maybe Someday Baby.

  • Herman Eberitzsch: The maestro helped in so many ways with writing, arranging & his never ending funky piano groove that helped yours truly to capture the International Harmonica Festival's Gold Medal in Germany in 1997. He plays B3 on 24 Hours and piano on 23 Kinds of Fine, One Time in A Row, & Noh-Did-Duh-Lee Herman has written & recorded with Lee Oskar from WAR & currently plays with Sy Klopps in addition to being an intensely prolific songwriter.

  • Parris Bertolucci: The King of The West Oakland B-3, played my third favorite instrument to death on almost all of these tunes. He kicks out a great solo on Lose That Loser. Parris has made great records with The Dynatones & James Armstrong & currently lives next door to me, with his son, Matthew, his Hammond Organ, & upright piano.