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“Joe and I are great friends. Several years ago, I played on one of his albums, on a song called If Heartaches Were Nickels. So when I started this album, I knew I wanted Joe. He’s one of the most talented guitarists out there, and he’s a really nice guy, too.
“He told me right away that one of his favorite songs was my version of Third Degree. Willie Dixon and Eddie Boyd wrote it, and I cut it with West, Bruce and Lang. Joe asked me if I would consider recutting it, and I said, ‘Consider it done.’
“We sat in the control room of the studio and did the song live. A great night…great, great fucking night. On guitars and vocals, it’s like we’re having a total conversation. It’s not a guitar dual, it’s a give-and-take thing.
“Man, Joe’s singing is stunning. As tremendous a guitar player he is, he’s really becoming a fantastic vocalist.”