“I was a little late to the party with Hendrix. Because of the way I was raised, I listened to a lot of the music that my dad loved – pretty much western swing and bluegrass. And, of course, he had a lot of great Chet Atkins records, so I was definitely OK there. It took me a while to get to Jimi Hendrix, but man, once I did, I was completely knocked out. There was so much soul and feeling in his playing.
“I like this record because it’s live, and it’s something of a transitional record for Jimi – it was pointing to where he was probably going to go had he lived. It’s Jimi with a new band, it’s raw and jammy, and there’s a real sense of mystery and excitement in the music.
“I know a lot of people would point to the first studio albums as their favorites, but I think Band Of Gypsys is really innovative. It would have been something if he could have taken the band and this direction further.”