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Have you ever seen what Chad Smith does with his side band, The Bombastic Meatbats? Rock Candy would be great on the same bill as them.
“No, I haven’t seen them, but that sounds like it’d be a lot of fun. That’s what this whole gig is about. We put this together basically around the Baked Potato. We never thought about touring it or anything like that; it’s just fun to do some gigs.”
You and Beth Hart are putting out a live package, as well.
“Yeah, we’re really excited about that. That tour was amazing. Beth did great.”
Were you bummed about not getting the Grammy, or do you not pay much mind to awards?
“Ah, you know… Ben Harper is a guitar geek friend of mine, and Charlie Musselwhite has been around a long time. By the way, they deserved it, especially Charlie. He’s a superstar and a bona fide legend – so is Ben. We weren’t worried about that. But hey, the cool thing is that they took notice of us.”
Do you think you and Beth might do something else soon, maybe an album of original material?
“I don’t know. We both do solo records, so it’s hard to say. I really don’t know where things are at the moment. I know she wants to make a couple more solo records; she wants to tour with this new incarnation of her own self. Whenever it’s convenient and it makes sense for everybody to reconvene, let’s do it. I know there was some tentative talk about doing another run of dates in 2015 – we’ll see. It’s a fun band. A killer band.”
So let’s talk about your own next solo album.
“Man, it’s been two years since my last record. That’s an eternity for me. The album's almost done. I still owe [producer] Kevin [Shirley] a vocal – he’s been chomping at me to come down. We only live three miles apart, so I really should do that. I’ve been trying to get stuff for the tour together. So, yeah, the record’s basically done. It came out great. We’re actually putting out an album of original material, which we haven’t done in 10 years.
“We don’t have a title yet – I’m hoping that comes soon. We’re putting two songs in the set straight away. There were at least five or six songs that I wanted to put in, but I’m holding back because the album isn’t coming out until September. It would be a little like taking a hot air balloon for a ride prematurely. Songs would be all over YouTube – you know how it goes.”