Life’sbeen­good

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my­self with peo­ple I’d way I usu­ally don’t un­less grate­ful for that be­cause al­bum?’” he says. “I don’t played with be­fore.” I have to. that’s how my whole style know what an al­bum is

Walsh’s back­ing group “But the whole band, de­vel­oped, out of that situ­any­more — it’s down­loads, in­cludes long­time col­labthey’re re­ally push­ing me. ation,” he says. ba­si­cally. I am think­ing of or­a­tors like drum­mers Joe We’re also im­pro­vis­ing a “At this point in my carecord­ing with this band Vi­tale and Chad Cromwell, lot — they’re my songs, but reer, af­ter do­ing it for 45 and maybe just putting bas­sist Larry Young and the mid­dle of them is dif­fer­years, I have a re­ally good it out on the In­ter­net on gui­tarist Waddy Wach­tel. ent every night. It’s not like tool­box. I’ve got dif­fer­ent my web­site and mak­ing it Walsh cred­its Wach­tel — a band that comes out and ways to work at my craft, avail­able. Be­cause we’re one of the West Coast’s top plays the hits by-the-numwhich is all I re­ally want­mak­ing re­ally good mu­sic, ses­sion and stu­dio hands — bers, like you hear them on ed to do in the first place. and I want peo­ple to be able and the band with help­ing the ra­dio. I wouldn’t say it’s More than that, I also know to hear it.” rein­vig­o­rate his play­ing. a jam band, but there’s a lot what doesn’t work. I know Mean­time, Walsh is ea

“Waddy’s great,” he says. of room for im­pro­vis­ing, what not to do. And that ger to re­turn to Mem­phis “I gave him the free­dom to which is great.” saves you a lot of time, bethis week­end for a home­trans­late my songs and Walsh, who be­gan his lieve me.” com­ing of sorts. fig­ure out what he thought ca­reer in the late ’ 60s, As to the pos­si­bil­ity of a “Mud Is­land is a great he should play. He’s come fronting the James Gang new al­bum — his last solo place to play, I’ve done a up with some stuff I never power trio, says his mu­sis­tu­dio ef­fort came in 2012 bunch of shows there over would’ve thought of, and cian­ship has evolved over — Walsh is de­bat­ing how the years,” he says, chuckit’sgreat.itling.make­sit­new­ertheyears.tore­lease­his­new­mu­sic. for me. I had to ad­just ac“When I first started “Record­ing is so weird “It will be great to be cord­ingly. He makes me the James Gang, I was the now, be­cause I don’t know back and get caught up play a lit­tle more ag­gresonly singer, and I was the whatthe­hel­lit­mean­swhen with some old friends and sively. Makes me play in a only gui­tar player. And I’m yousay,‘arey­oumakingan with some ribs.”

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