Hi Joey! Thanks for taking the time to chat with us!
Thanks so much for havin’ me!
What have you been working on the most this year?
I have been writing a lot of new songs and releasing some of my back catalog of songs since March 2020. Some of the tracks are things that have never been released digitally before but you might have on CD or vinyl. However, some of them are songs I have written between 2016 and 2017 that just hadn’t found a home before now. Just felt right to release some songs I had laying around waiting to be shared. I wanted to do something positive during this time in the world where there is so much anxiety and hardship.
Mostly though, I have been focused on a safe way to re-open my recording studio www.shadowsoundstudio.com, which I did in September. I have also been working hard on losing weight and as of today, I have lost 72 pounds!
I have also been hard at work pimping my new song “You Know My Name” featuring Randall Bramblett!
Is there anything you would like to master?
Besides the force LOL?
Sure, I want to spend time on my drum playing. I used to be pretty good and I am a bit rusty, still playing okay, but not at the level I know I could be, but who has time for extra practice LOL.
I would love to do so many things as I am so interested in many things in this amazing world in which we live, but I work hard to be my best at all times and am always looking for ways to improve as a professional in the music business and as a human being!
If you could create music in any era, what era would it be and why?
There are many eras that are watershed moments in music. I think I would have been a big star had I lived in the ’40s. A lot of people think of me as a rock/blues guitarist and singer and that is very true, but I also do a lot of big-band numbers and jazz music as well and people really respond to it. I also love the ’60s where so much of the music was made with new technology and so many new sounds were being created.
Producer you would like to work with most?
Oh, so many, so many LOL. I am so blessed to have learned from one of my big heroes already Alan Parsons! I also know that at some point in the next few years I’ll be working with some more heroes of mine: Ron Saint Germain, Ross Hogarth, and Mark Hornsby. How do I know that? Well, they are all friends of mine and we have committed to making music together!
But, I would love to work with Mutt Lang, T-bone Barnett, Steven Lillywhite, Brendan O’Brian, Brian Eno, and Butch Vig!
The answer as to why such a disparate group of folks is an easy one. They all would bring out different aspects of my artistry and they all are so talented I would learn a great deal from being in their presence!
Do you have any vices?
Well, I don’t drink as blind and drunk are bad ideas. And as a blind brain tumor survivor, I have to really watch my health, so I don’t take any drugs, besides the ones that keep me alive and I don’t smoke. I do like to use the occasional colorful expletive and I also love a good meal, but I am working on that one, so by-in-large the only things I can’t live without would be music and my sweet wife Jennifer!
What is your favorite cuisine?
It depends on my mood, but one thing I have to have every time I am in NYC is the amazing frozen cake at Sardi’s! I am also a big fan of gingerbread and fish and chips and don’t get me started about shrimp yum yum!
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