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He co-produced this one, right? Yeah. He was the main producer on my last record, Ragged and Dirty, and we had devel- oped a relationship during this sessions. An old bandmate of mine, Mike Zito, actually recommended Tom to me. Mike said he thought it would be a good fit. This was a few years ago. So I called Tom and told him “I

ing. Your thoughts on that song? Thank you. I think “Galaxies” really poses the question of “are you in or are you out,” you know? Like when the chips are down, are you going to run away are you gonna face the music and deal with the issue or the problem? It talks about the decisions of your life, and all these things growing in your mind. Are you gonna let the fears take you over, or are you going to beat them? So in the chorus it says, “When galaxies collide, will you ride or die?” It really poses that question of “Are you for real? Are you in?” And it really lends itself to a wonderful album title, so I got lucky.

hear you and I might be a good fit,” and this is the kind of record I want to make. Once we got in the studio and got to working, our rela- tionship on a personal level and on a business level was just off the charts. We really jelled in every capacity. He was gonna produce this one, but when the songs started becoming so personal, I called him up and asked if he minded co-producing, because I really wanted to have my hands on the wheel. I said I really want you there, and I want you drum- ming on it, because he is such a fantastic drummer, and he said yeah. So I lucked out. I had literally the best co-pilot that I could have had - a multiple Grammy winner and a won- derful human.

The song “Galaxies” is lyrically amaz-

You just got back from a big Euro tour. How was that for you? Did you do a lot of blues festivals? Europe was great! We did England, Norway, Poland, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland on this run. We were bouncing all over the map there. We did a handful of blues festivals while we were there, along with small the- atres, big night clubs - kind of a little bit of everything. It’s always wonderful over there. They’re such fans of the music, and of this genre of music, it’s just always a delight. That was our third trip over the poind this year and its just always a pleasure.

So at the end of the month you are back on the road with Rusted Root. How did you hook up with those guys? Well, 20 years ago or so, when they had their hit, they were opening for my Dad, so we kind of established a relationship then. Fast for- ward to now, it turns out we are on the same roster with a booking agent, and he thought it would be cool to hook us up for a hand full of dates. It was such a good mix of musicians, the bands and crews, we really dug each other. Somewhere along that run we said, man, we need to do a whole tour. So they fi- nally put it together and I couldn’t be more delighted. There’s a really wonderful cast of characters in that camp and I’m really looking

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