“It’s a live album, the expanded release, and one of the reasons I picked it is because Day At The Dog Races is on it, and I’m not sure if it’s on any of the band’s studio albums. It shows their fusion-y/jazz side, and it’s really beautiful.
“I was so sad when Richie Hayward passed away. He’s one of my favorite drummers, and he defined feel. He didn’t have a lot of chops, but his playing had this slop that made it so interesting to listen to. The band’s whole sound was so laid back and groove-oriented, with this New Orleans vibe, and Richie was the perfect drummer for what they did.
“After Lowell George died, the Dregs did a tour with the band – at this point, Paul Barrere was singing lead – and I got to hang with Richie a lot. Talk about a character. He came backstage and saw me warming up on my practice pad. He took a look at me and said, ‘Man, how do you do that? You practice?’ Because he just went on stage, and after a few tunes, he was all warmed up. Not a lot of guys could do that and still be great.
“You can’t say enough about personality and musical individuality, and Richie was the perfect example of ‘I’m going to play the way I play.’ He wasn’t technical, but he was his own man behind the drums.”