Joe’s last day in the studio today before he flies back to San Antonio. It’s one of those flights that gets up in the air and just as you are getting comfortable and about to listen to your favourite album – then it’s fasten your seatbelt and prepare for landing. Joe managed to find time in three and a half days to play on all the tracks, knocking out some cracking parts and explaining all kinds of theoretical descriptions as he did it. I spent most of the time asking him what were the strange words he was using whilst digging his playing with my ears rather than my brain.
Joe was mostly playing our friend Paul Averitt’s Gretsch Sparkle Jet and it sounded so good that I found a really cheap second-hand one on Reverb and bought it, I’m not sure why it was so cheap, we’ll find out when we get to New Jersey to where it’s being delivered. I always try to take a guitar back from America to The Archive because the prices are so much more reasonable here. Joe was leaving at 7 PM for his flight, but before he did, Jason arrived with his katt Cheetah. It was busy in there today, Kevin left, John arrived, Salim was jumping around trying to get the parts down, Sarah was there, and also television producer Paul who we are talking with about a project. Dave from the All Good café in Deep Ellum visited, as did Salim’s kids Gavin and Miette. In England in the sixties in Northern homes at least we’d say, “It’s like Piccadilly Circus in ‘ere”. Somehow, it still seems to work as a phrase in Dallas.
After the hoohah, John and I comped Dave Monsch’s tenor sax and flute on a Space Summit track and then Sarah and I got to work with me playing a solo on one of Blueburst Craig’s tracks. John helped us get set up and left early, Olivia arrived and we spent the evening in the studio recording and then talking about head-spinning German grammar. Of course, it’s impossible to understand unless you are either a native speaker, a genius, or twenty.
I tried a few guitars but ended up on another big-bodied green Gretsch for the solo and we sent WAVs to Craig, quick sharp. The song was a cover for an EP Craig is working on for a future release. I was unable to finish my Thai Thai (the restaurant is called Thai Thai) and we soon drove home to discover that there was lots of Archive stuff to talk about – so we did. That delayed bedtime, but now it’s time. The Archive is up all night though if you would like to donate to the cause.
Music today has been that odd record by Jeff Beck, Truth (1968), with Rod Stewart singing, Ronnie Wood on bass, and Micky Waller on drums. If you want to see a who’s who of sixties legends, check out the Wikipedia link above to see who played on this album – and on a whole lot of strange cover versions.