Live in Key West
I am so proud of all of the music we have been writing, recording, performing, and covering for all these years. Every time we've made a record (yes, they are still RECORDS in my opinion), we have been mindful of the constraints that commercial radio demands if you ever hope to get a song on the air. In other words, we all know that if a song exceeds 3 minutes and 30 seconds, your chances of getting lucky and getting it played, are almost non-existent. As a songwriter, I think it needs to be as long as it needs to be and that may vary from song to song. We never got much airplay, so all of that was really an exercise in futility. I think it is safe to expect that we're not going to get played on mainstream radio and I'm good with that. But, just like I say in the song "Hillbilly Beach", "I've been down where the rich boys go, it's real nice, but it just don't flow...", I think the same notion also applies to mainstream radio. It's real nice, but I'm not getting all I really want from it. I'm listening to this record and to the music we made on those two nights and I realize that we were enjoying the act of playing the music and didn't give a damn about whether it ever got played on the radio or not. That being said, I did get what I wanted out of this recording. I got a good time...maybe for the first time in my recording experience. Don't get me wrong, being in the studio is so cool and to get to hang with the band and be creative with Larry Lee, our producer, in the studio is one of my favorite things in life. This experience was special for me because YOU were with us as we did it. This show comes complete with some dents and dings, and some blemishes, but that is the essence of "LIVE". You don't get a re-do. It is what it is. Couple that with the knowledge that our audience has always been very generous when it comes to sending rounds of shots to the stage plus, whatever else may happen during the breaks and so on, and you listen to this project thinking, "Man, these folks really can play." Make another concession to the fact that we only get to play together a limited number of times per year, plus the fact that two people in the band on these particular nights seldom or never played with us before or at all, and you may get a glimpse of my pride in what we created on this recording. There is some serious magic here. Back in the day, AM radio had the commercial power. FM radio saved us from those tight rules and became the cool new music outlet, playing those long album cuts that amazed all of us when we were a little bit younger. Now, iTunes, CD Baby, internet radio, YouTube, and all of the other new avenues, let us hear new music all over the place and they are going to save us all from the strict rules now governing FM radio, satellite radio, television, etc. I always wanted to play, ever since I was turned on to all that great music we grew up enjoying. This band is playing because we were enjoying it, so all of the songs last just a little longer. On this record, you will find that each person on that stage got their own chance to shine, and shine they did. I hope you'll relax, kick back with your favorite beverage or whatever you prefer and enjoy this performance as much as we did. (Just wait til you have your GOOD headphones on!) Life is sweet, but we only get one ride. Enjoy! Cheers! Hugo.