- Did you have a musical mentor? If so, who was it and how did they influence you?
When I first learned to play guitar, it was Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Stephen Stills, Albert King. As for friends/musicians thru the years that I have played with, it would be my good friend Happy Sanchez, bandleader for Los Mocosos and the Hipspanic Allstars, who always inspired me and lit a fire at times when I need a kick in the rear, and just brought a lot of fun to every project.
- What was the “a-ha” moment when you knew the song was completed and perfect?
Summer of Love perhaps, we had completed the album, mixed & mastered, and that song, while we loved it, we realized that we hadn’t gotten it quite right (it was one of the first written and recorded for the album, so we changed the arrangement, tracked it again, after the mix that was when we had the “a ha” moment, as in, we finally got it right.
- What are your “must have” albums for the road?
Trapped on a desert island I would bring Joao Gliberto Live in Montreaux, Coltrane w Johnny Hartman, Brandenburg Concertos, EmmyLou Wrecking Ball, Nick Drake, new Dylan album.
- What’s the story behind your album’s title?
Our good friend Wren Winfield completed a documentary film on Bernice Ende, the lady long rider, asked us to write a few songs for the film, and shared Bernice’s stories. Her travels and travails were experiences that so many of us have had in a bigger sense, we are all long riders in life, searching for love, joy, comfort, intimacy, experiences, understanding the world & people, meeting up w kindness when least expected …. These themes really struck a chord with us, and influenced the direction of the entire album.