2006 - Rick Richards July Q & A
Rick Price and I are still doing our incarnation of the "Georgia Satellites" touring nationally...also doing some studio work with local musicians...writing...sitting in as a feature artist with the "Last Waltz Ensemble" which is our take on the tunes from the movie and then some...I'm a great fan of The Band so it's a rewarding gig....and jamming at local clubs here and there and just basically "livin' the dream" my friend~
Do you keep in touch with the rest of the JuJu Hounds?
Recently saw Chalo with Social Distortion (still my favorite drummer and quite the snappy dresser)...saw Jimmy with BuckCherry a couple months ago and visit him in LA every chance I get, Jimmy and I have remained close friends and confidantes, he's a total inspiration...still mates with this lot and would share a stage with them anytime..I totally respect them as players and people~
When was the last time you talked to Izzy?
We talk as frequently as possible, schedules permitting...He's staying really busy these days~ Always stoked when I get a call to work with him again. It's like we're four hands on the same guitar. Very symbiotic!
Could you describe the 2005 Miami album in short?
The Miami sessions were basically electric. We also incorporated my friend, Joey Huffman on keyboards, but no acoustics this time around. Used JT Longoria from Dallas who played bass and engineered, also on "Like A Dog". Some strong numbers here but a bit of a departure from "Like A Dog". Still quite a rocker! Recording at Criteria was a gas, a lot of history there...Hope it will be released one day soon
What is your preferred tuning and which do you use most frequently?
When I'm in tune...it's usually standard! I use Open G for slide. Have used Drop D and Baritone Guitar and Nashville tuning on some earlier Izzy songs, but usually whatever the song calls for is the tuning I use. Tu Ning, I have discovered is not a city in China!
Do you have plans for a solo album in the future?
I have some recorded material on the back burner that needs to be released...so a solo album is always a possibility
How was it working with Duff on the albums?
Duff's an amazing cat. Professional and hilarious in the same beat, I love his punk sensibilities which adds balls to all the numbers. The biggest treat was touring Japan with Duff on bass. Never a dull moment, he's quite a generous fellow~ Had dinner with him and his lovely wife Susan and the gang in South Beach before the Velvet Revolver show~ Great great live show!
Which music/bands do you listen to?
Currently I'm really into Bob Dylan and Tom Petty's radio shows on XM Radio. Dylans interjections are cheeky and informative, he's got great stories for every tune. And Petty's musical choices are so in line with my taste in music, it's like he's pilfered my collection!...Can't stray away from my old favorites...anything from the Stones to George Jones~ What do you think about the new band, Wolf Mother?
Are there any unreleased Izzy albums/projects that the public doesn't know about?
Hell yeah~ Every session has yielded some great material that I think is some of Izzy's best work. There's bound to be stuff in the can when you're as prolific a song writer as he is. Hopefully some of this will see the "light of day"~
What is your favorite album and song that you recorded with Izzy?
The whole first "JuJu Hounds" album and the "Live" album we cut in Dublin was brilliant. As far as songs, I really enjoyed the process of recording "Time Gone By" and "Train Tracks"...but, it's hard to pick a favorite