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Lucky Diaz talks a little music.

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I called to talk to Latin Grammy Winner Lucky Diaz about his latest CD and tour and ended up talking about lots of other stuff.  I caught up with the bilingual star while he, wife Alisha and child were taking a break in Columbus, Indiana visiting Alishas family. They’re in the middle of a national tour and what better place to catch a breather than the heartland  of our country. It’s only a short rest because they arrive in the Chicago area tomorrow Friday, June 20th, performing  at two Land of Nod stores.  One in Oak Brook (11am) and one in Chicago(4pm)  in support of their last two CD releases –  Lishy Lou and Lucky Too lucky and lishy(October 2013) and their new release Aqui Alla.  I highly recommend seeing them as they are highly energetic and interactive. It’ll be fun for the whole family…  Now that business is out-of-the-way let’s get to the fun stuff. I first met Lucky and Alisha at the last Kindiefest (a moment of silence).  We had a brief conversation after their great set.  This time Lucky and I got to speak a lucky aquibit longer.  Any conversation that flows from Credence Clearwater Revival (with John Fogherty) to Stevie Ray Vaughn to Los Lobos to Fleetwood Mac with mentions of Sound City and used guitar shops is great conversation in my book.   How awesome is it that the Legenday Flaco Jimenez plays on the opening track of Aqui Alla (Flaco absolutely kills it)!  That Lucky records most of his stuff live and on 2” tape (watch Sound City) keeping overdubs to a minimum!  It very cool is what it is. Very cool indeed!   But the coolest thing of talking to Mr. Diaz is his appreciation of where his music has come from. Mentions of Chuck Berry, Richie Valens, Chicano Rock, traditional blues and The Mavericks just to name a few he mentioned.   That he takes the time to talk to a fellow kindie artist/ blogger and spends most of the interview talking about how others have helped and inspired him. From  producers to musicians to the girl who inspired the song Firefighter Girl (we like firefighter songs around here) Lucky is a man thankful for where he is and those who helped. If you have an opportunity go catch a show near you.  Lucky Diaz and the Family Band are worth the trip.  Go by their CD and support a kindie artist today!

Photo credit: Judy Eddy / WENN
Photo credit: Judy Eddy / WENN
The CD’s were provided by the artist to this blogger.  The opinions expressed here are his own
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Sound City to King Size and the Poochamungas… and Block Party! progress.

NEVE

NEVE

There is a very excellent documentary called Sound City out about the history of a recording studio called?  You guessed it… Sound City in Van Nuys, California that recorded many great bands but went out of business in 2011.  Bands including Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young,  Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, REO Speedwagon, etc…  and of course Nirvanna and Dave Grohl.  Dave now owns the Neve 8028 analog mixing console he bought when they closed (Dave also directed the Documentary).  The Neve Board was the main reason why many of the bands went there to record because of it’s amazing ability to deliver great drum sounds and everything else.  It’s at the center of the story.  Well as luck would have it the Poochamungas recorded a good deal of our music on a Neve board (No not that board)…  It seems our engineer at Kingsize Sound Labs, Mr John Abbey, was playing a gig at WGN (pretty good bass player as well) when he spotted the Neve board laying in some corner.   Unwanted… Unloved… Unused…  So he made an offer and bought himself a pretty fine recording board indeed. Now I know John was very happy when he got the board, (midway through our recording of Block Party!) but I had no idea of the history of that type of board till I saw the movie. Color me impressed!  But her comes the bit of irony in the movie for me.    Some individuals in the documentary claim that digital technology and specifically Pro Tools are one of the main reasons why Sound City went out of business.  That technology made the recording on tape and the Neve obsolete.  That no one wanted to record the hard way when Pro Tools can fix everything.    Well we recorded on a Neve into Pro Tools.  Blasphemy you say?  Well I don’t know about that.  What I do know that is what we did and thanks to Pro Tools many bands can now afford to record.  That tape is expensive but worth it if you can afford to and are good enough (less margin for error with tape).   That each has a place.  That anyway you can get the music out is a good thing.  Anyway I suggest you go see the Film as it is available for rental or purchase it here…  buy.soundcitymovie.com/

Art by Joe Somers

Art by Joe Somers

In other news our CD is now in the hands of Breakthrough Audio and they are going to make many copies which we will be able to release in the coming months.  Yea!!! Here is the slightly modified final cover art by our amazing artist Joe Somers!