After a short stay in LA, I then headed back to the music scene I was so familiar with, Detroit. I got back in touch with Seger’s manager, Punch Andrews, and it just so happened, Bob was, again, looking for a singer. I started working with Bob immediately on the road. By then, the Silver Bullet Band was pretty much intact and I’ve been touring with Bob consistently since ’78.
Taking some time off the road, I was contacted by an old friend, Marcy Levy, (of Leon Russell and Eric Clapton fame) that Eric Clapton was doing a record with Phil Collins producing, and would I be interested in coming to Montserrat to record the BG’s on his Behind The Sun’s album. The experience was thrilling, to get back to my roots, and with the guitar god himself. I, of course, said yes! With the volcano steaming in the background, near the studio, worrisome to say the least, we recorded this great record, and after the second song, Eric asked me if I’d like to do the tour, well, you can only imagine the ‘walking on air’ feelings I had. One of my extreme idols was gong to be a band mate…too good to be true. To sit on and off stage for the next three tours and listen to the golden tones that came off his guitar was almost too much. Later there was even another, although short lived tour in Canada. I will always be thankful for the experience, and the grace of Mr. Clapton.
Back on the road with Seger, with hardly a couple of weeks off from Clapton, with his ’86 tour, I met up with Bill Payne and Fred Tackett, two of the members of the legendary band Little Feat. As tours go, making friends comes easy and when the tour was over, Bill Payne asked me and Bob to sing some things on their new regrouped band’s CD, Let It Roll. As it happened, I had moved back out to LA, and when Feat recorded their next CD, Representing The Mambo, I was asked to come in for more backgrounds, as well as the next, Shake Me Up.
I went on to tour with Seger to the present, with some other tours here and there along the way, with such notables as Bruce Hornsby, Joe Walsh and Glenn Frey with Television appearances with John Hiatt and Herbie Hancock.
I found myself back in Feat camp after that, and the singer, Craig Fuller, had left the band, and they asked me to join as a full member, which I did without the bat of an eye. Singing all of my favorite genres, wrapped into one with these boys, I couldn’t have been happier, and for the next 15 years, it was my home. Recently parting with my long time cohorts, I then realized, I’d come full circle back to where I started, in the world of the Blues, wanting to take my place along side some of my favorite idols; Koko Taylor, Etta James, Big Mama Thornton, and Big Maybelle, and paying special homage to Miss Taylor and Miss James on my first solo CD, Livin' The Blues.
Nominated for Best New Artist by Bluesblast for my first CD, Livin The Blues, I carried the torch into a new year with a stunning second CD, Trouble With Lovin’. Combining a litany of Blue themes, as well as some notable friends stopping by to lend a gracious hand. None other than Mike Finnigan, playing on the title track and Trouble With Lovin and playing and singing a duet on Hopelessly In Love With You. Johnny Neel playing and singing on four tracks; Deservin Of Love, Blue Tears, Did You Call, and The Blues Don’t Tell It All. Not to be outdone, my good friend, Danny Pelfrey on alto sax on Deservin’ Of Love.
Having come off a Bob Seger tour in the Spring of 2011, I felt that Detroit was where I’d set my sites for this third CD, along with a DVD, both entitled ‘Live At Callahan’s’, one of Detroit’s premier Blues clubs, and snagged some of my favorite pals; Laura Creamer, Barbara Payton, and last, but not least: The Motor City Horns to fill out some fav’s.
Now I’ve got my fourth CD coming up: Ask For The Moon, and I’m so proud of this one. I’ve got some incredible guests; Johnny Neel, (Allman Bros.) Jim Horn, (Joe Cocker Mad Dogs & Englishman) Bekka Bramlett, (Fleetwood Mac, Shane Dwight, Jonny Lang) Kenny Greenberg, (Bob Seger, Kenny Chesney) Shawn Starski, (Otis Taylor, Jason Ricci) and more. 2013 bodes well for a great year to come! I can’t wait to hit the road and see you all!!