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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

Songs on the new CD – My Favorite Summer Day (Block Party)

Pic taken of Chillin and Grillin for a cure with Erin Burns camera by the Frankfort FD.

The Chillin and Grillin for a Cure Block Party!.

I have been writing about songs I wish I had written so this time I am going to discuss some of the songs I have written and how they came to be.  The title track My Favorite Summer Day (Block Party) was a song that really took a journey for me.  Block parties are such a city specific event.  For kids it’s like Christmas in July.  We never had a block party on my street growing up but we would visit a few that friends held every year.  I think the reason we never had one on my street is there were a lot of older people on our street.  Block parties are for kids and thus if you have no kids why would you want to do all that work… But I digress.  This song started as a simple E chord, A chord strum.  Lyrically it was triggered by my own kids running around our yearly block party.  Remembering how I loved block parties and now seeing my own kids run around like I once did.  So I wrote it in first person as a story of then and now.  Then I worked out the bridge, finale  and sent it to the band so they could listen and bring their own ideas along with mine to the studio.  The other thing is the we record pretty much all our songs live with a full band.  It brings a lot of energy and spontaneity to the music. It’s what works for us.  Stevie Ray Vaughn used to do that and the Motown – Wall of Sound was all about that as well.  Some bands lay down bass and rhythm track and then layer in guitars etc.  But not us.  Piano, guitar, bass and drums all at the same time.  We do record the vocals later using a scratch track during recording and we do overdub when needed.  From the moment Alton hit the keys to open the song I was astounded.  The  piano really changed the dynamic and filled the room.  The guitar solo after instrumental middle was organic.  Instead of singing I left it open and Pete at his best just feeling the music just filled it in perfectly.    Alton’s idea was then to build it up, take it down and then build to a furious finish. Especially with the drummer.  When you listen notice how the drum part builds.   I think the song turned out pretty well with John Abbey doing a great job on the recording and mix.  But don’t take my word for it.  Have a listen using the link below and let us know what you think!http://www.poochamungas.com/#!music/c1yi7