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“I was messing around with the baglamas, trying to come up with a stompin’ blues song to end the record. I was hearing something that you might play on your back porch, that kind of vibe.
“I played what I had for Kevin, and he really liked it. But he said, ’What you have is terrific, but what if the song exploded in the middle?’ Sounded good to me, so I said, ’Great. Let’s go for it.’
“We recorded a rough version of it, and then we laid down the middle section. I did a slide solo, too. Kevin did a mix, we listened to it, and we were lovin’ it - everything was perfect. We came back in the next day to discover that the engineer had erased the mix by accident. All we had was the rough version, so that’s what you hear on the record.
“The lyrics were inspired by the Chilean miners who were rescued after being trapped for so long. I did a lot of research on miners, and I was struck by what brutal work they do. These guys lead tough lives and they have two choices: risk death or starve. That’s some hard stuff that most people don’t have to face.”