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ple at the shows to get them into the music? I tried to personalize each song so that the av- erage person could relate to what I was say- ing. Most of the fans in the crowds had no idea how it was to be playing music in a work- ing Rock and Roll band and if I could make them feel it just a little then my job was done. After the release of the second album, when did you start to feel maybe this was not going to work out the way you wanted and what was the turning point for you? Well, I had to fly home for the birth of my son and I only got to spend one night at home and then it was back to the airport and back to the West Coast to play more shows. That was very hard for me. We had a lot of internal prob- lems in the band, drinking and drugs and just stress from the road. And living away from my family was like a living hell for me and I knew that I could not raise my family 5,000 miles away, and I made the choice to go home and raise my family. The last gig I played was May 9th at Six Flags in Atlanta.


So when you left did you ever go see the band play after that and did you ever see Danny sing the songs you wrote with the band? No, I never went to see them after that and I think Danny only did two songs from my time with the band: "Beatin the Odds" and "Bloody Reunion."


When and how did you hear about the benefit jam and Danny being sick? Well, I am on emailing lists and that's where I heard about Danny being sick and I talked to Patty Acker and she had done a thing for Danny in Atlanta and I called Riff West and made the suggestion that we do something for Danny to raise some money and he said, "That's a good idea" and he took it and ran with it. This was the first time I had seen most of the guys in the band in 20 years ex-


cept Banner Thomas and Steve Holland.


Can you tell me about some of the things that you had to go through to get the jam together? And what kind of ha- rassment did y'all have to endure from the "new band" Well, there was a lot of pressure from them for us to not get together and play in any form or fashion.


And why do you think that is? I think it scares them for us to play together.


What do you think of the "new band" and their music? I have not listened to it so I can't really say. I do own Devils Canyon and that's all I have ever heard from them. I think Bobby is a good player and Phil can sing his butt off and he is a super nice guy. I just wish he would sing it more his way.


How did you feel singing at the jam in front of all those folks after so long? We had more fun that night than I can ever remember and it felt just like coming home after being gone for a long time. The fans were great and the band was loose and having a ball.


Have you played with any bands since? I played with a band called "Predator" with the guys I started out with and we played to- gether for five or six years. Then I went to an- other band with a bass player named Russ Lawson. He is gone now. We had a lot of fun playing together. That band was called "Sec- tion 8" and we did all our own stuff and it had to be the best band I was ever in.


What are you doing now for work and fun? I still work at the same place, and for fun I jam around with some guys in Alabama and I hunt, fish and just live my life.


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