If you weren’t a musician, what would you be and why?
I’m an art lover so a painter or a chef; I like bringing pleasure to the world.
Honestly, how many hours a day do you practice?
I practice very little but lead a life full of music when possible. I like to write songs, play piano and work on my vocal chops.
What are you listening to lately?
Ravel and Sonny Rollins.
How would you describe the music business today?
The business is in a state of transition, it’s important to be open, ask a lot of questions and be involved in the process.
Stranded on a desert island, which guitar would you take?
I like the nylon string Spanish guitar to play for pleasure.
Should world leaders learn how to play guitar? Why?
No, they should grow up.
Let’s talk about what’s going on with you right now, your new album, and what’s next?
Questions from the TrueFire Community (Facebook, Twitter, Forum)
What was it about the guitar that attracted you to it as your instrument of choice? – “HuckFin25”
Hard to say but it was physically a natural fit. Plus Mike Bloomfield just killed me, and the guitar is THE blues instrument.
What was it like to work with Miles Davis? – “BlueShoo”
Miles was great to me and to play with him was beyond my wildest expectations. He can’t be explained, so it was just a great blessing to have had that opportunity, to play with one of the most profound musicians in American music history.
What approaches do you use when you solo? Over static chords? and many chords? – “jimiclaptoncarl”
I try to play melodies, think like a composer. Making music isn’t an exercise, it’s an act of expression and a way to engage the world, hopefully in a positive way.
What is your favorite blues song of all time? – “GuitarKillah”
Impossible to answer.
And finally, any words of wisdom for your fans and fellow pickers?
Listen to other instruments, learn chords and songs and learn to play some blues for god’sake.
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