“Long Island pride, right? [Laughs] I don’t know if people know this about me, but I’m into Billy Joel. I’m a huge fan of his and always have been. He’s just a quintessential songwriter of our time. Talk about a storied career – so many classic songs and great albums.
"Turnstiles has a few songs that are my favorites. Of course, there’s New York State Of Mind, but there’s also I’ve Loved These Days and Miami 2017, and those are just incredible. It’s like, who doesn’t know these songs, you know? They’re great anytime they come on, and they're cool to play along to.
"I should also mention that the record features our great friend Richie Cannata on sax. Richie owns Cove City Sound Studios, which is where we’ve been recording. He’s an amazing player, but it’s so funny because I’ll be talking and interacting with him on a daily basis, and then I’ll hear him on the radio doing these classic, signature sax solos. It’s like, ‘Hey, I know that guy!’"