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You talked about Jimi only having a short time. Did he ever express that to you?

He never did, but he was very spiritual. He knew that God was watching over him, he did say that, “When I hear his music he’s not foolin’ around, not wasting time.”

You must be gratified to know that his music touches so

many people, not just as listeners but in a spiritual way. It’s very touching that the young fans today that weren’t around to see Jimi perform or hear him live, or be a part of that whole culture, to see that they’re such great fans. I mean it’s one thing for our generation, for those that were there and experienced it personally - of course we still carry the torch- but for the young people who really weren’t around, it’s really touching, that they come out. To see the young people come out to the concerts, it assures that another generation will learn Jimi’s music and appreciate it.

Can you name some of the other players that people might

recognize? I hate to start naming people because I’ll leave somebody out. But just to name a few, we have Jonny Lang, Living Colour (Vernon Reid), Kenny Wayne Shepard, Robert Randolph, Ernie Isley, Los Lobos, Hubert Sumlin who played with Howlin’ Wolf, and… it’s endless but we’re really excited, this is our fourth time out. It sounds like the electric church that Jimi talked about, you can really feel the music in your bones. It’s not just listening to it on a CD player, but really experiencing it in a whole different way.

Talk to us about this new album, “Valleys Of Neptune”. He was really excited during this time period, and I

remember him coming home and saying to dad, “You’re going to be doubly proud”, and my dad laughed and he’s like, “I can’t be more proud of you than I am right now.” And Jimi goes “You don’t understand, this sound that I’m creating is gonna change how we listen to music.” When he did “First Rays Of The New Rising Sun”, he was still working on the songs that are on “Valleys Of Neptune”. Maybe they ALL would’ve been on “First Rays Of The New Rising Sun”, we don’t really know. But kind of following along in that same time-line of the core albums, and then this was going to be the next in line, this is the sound that he was working on. And I really feel like the fans get a sense of the direction that he was going. It was a blues, a different kind of a blues, adding other instruments, giving it a fuller sound. It’s fresh, as though he recorded it yesterday.

He really was starting to turn in a different direction at the time, wasn’t he?

Yeah, and you can really hear it now. And he’s feeling comfortable, he’s finding his own, understanding the kind of music that he wants to play.

“Experience Hendrix” is the caretaker of Jimi’s legacy, does Eddie Kramer have some capacity in that as well?

We brought him on board after we got the rights back. My father and I felt it was very important to bring Eddie back in. He wasn’t involved with the old administration and we always wondered why. (laughs) We didn’t really know Alan Douglas or his connection with Jimi, we always heard Jimi talk about Eddie. So we brought Eddie on and boy are we glad we did! We call him “Professor Kramer” (laughs). I mean, he was there you know? He’ll tell us the stories, what was happening perhaps that day in the studio, or who happened by, all the little fun stories that go along with the music.

He really has an insight into Jimi that nobody else could possibly have.

Yeah, he really does.

“Neptune” is such a great album- what’s next for the foundation?

We have an eight year plan (and) an almost ten year deal with Sony. Later this year we’re coming out with “Rock Band”, different than the ones that they’ve put out with other artists. I can’t really talk too much about it, but it is coming. An anthology project, which is really Jimi’s own words, will come out in CD and DVD form on the BBC and A&E later on this year. We’ve been working on “The Royal Albert Hall” which is ‘a day in the life of Jimi’, reality TV as we know it today, 6 cameras that followed Jimi around for a month, and so you’ve got the live concert as well as him coming off planes, trains and automobiles. In his apartment, jammin’ with some friends at The Speakeasy, hanging out, playing, and so it’s really a fun project. And then we also have concert footage that people have not seen yet, they probably don’t even know that we have it. We have Dagger Records, which is our bootleg version of Jimi’s music that we put out.

Is that for live concerts and whatnot? Yeah, stuff that isn’t front-line quality but is fun to listen

to for the fan that has everything! (laughs). So, we really do have a lot of projects that are coming out, other songs that people haven’t heard those versions of, and … it’s an exciting time. Forty years ago he passed, but his music lives on.

I know that Jimi has been with several record companies… I think we’ve been with them all! (both laugh)

I think so! Was he not on Reprise when he first came out? He was with Reprise, Polydor, then Universal, Universal

bought Polygram and at one time Universal was MCA, and then, you know…

That’s when things got a little dodgy…

Yeah, and then we had Band Of Gypsies International, (it’s) still on Capitol Records so, yeah. (both laugh) We’ve been on ‘em all! (still laughing).

Janie was gracious enough to do a couple of station ID’s before I let her go. She’s a nice gal and, if Jimi is watching from The Great Beyond, I’m sure he’s pleased that his music is in such loving hands.

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