I recently received a message from John Drumbo French to update me on progress with his new recordings:
So here Rockette and I are at Proper Record’s wonderful new studio recording my new CD “City of Refuge” which is basically a Magic Band influenced compilation of music I’ve put together over the last year and a half.
I’m listening to Rockette put a bass line on a song called “Maybe That’ll Teach Ya” which is based loosely on a jam that was done by Don, Doug Moon, and myself. I used the Moon riff and Don’s line “Maybe That’ll Teach Ya” and wrote a whole song around it about the futility of revenge. It’s a more bluesy kind of simple piece.
I don’t think Mark or I have ever sounded better together. This has been a lot of fun and I’m sure that Beefheart fans will be pleased as this will fill a particular need for new fresh material in the style of the Magic Band. I started getting these ideas about six months into the project, I suppose, as a result of the complete saturation I was undergoing to achieve a reasonable MB sound.
So, just thought I’d update you.
Gotta go, John French