Here’s the last track from Record Club’s covering of Skip Spence’s Oar. Beck takes the lead, with James on drums, Brian on bass and Jamie weilding his magic pedals. Thanks to Wilco, Leslie Feist, Jamie, Gadson and Brian for making that day last June so memorable. And thanks to Keith and Lindsey for filming, and Danny and Darrell for engineering.
Beck worked last year with singer Jamie Lidell on his new forthcoming album The Compass. He produced, recorded and co-wrote songs, as well as performed on several others. Sessions began early last year and continued in the summer. The album will be out in May but you can hear the first song “The Compass,” which was recorded by Beck at Oceanway Studios (where Sea Change and Mutations were done) and features him on acoustic guitar and percussion.
Here is a special interview and music listening session I conducted with the legendary drummer James Gadson courtesy of Marfa Public Radio. We take a chronological trip down his amazing career and discuss the stories behind each track. James has drummed on “Dancing Machine” (Jackson 5), “Use Me” (Bill Withers),”I Want You” (Marvin Gaye), “I Will Survive” (Gloria Gaynor), Smokey Robinson, Sinatra, Ray Charles, the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, the list goes on. At last count he has played on over 300 Gold records. James was generous enough to let me into his home, the very room he used to rehearse with Bill Withers in, his anecdotes were inspiring and his attitude towards the future was bright as ever. Please enjoy.