JAMBASE: I've seen artists portray themselves as open to doing any kind
but when push comes to shove there are always reservations or conditions. You legit don't
seem to have those, though.
[Photo by Steven Limentani]
RC: Oh yeah, man, I'm open to anyone and everybody. Everybody's
no one band that's going to play the same thing. I think I'm more open to it than a lot of
folks and part of that's that there's very few of these bands I don't know by know. But I
also like to play with bands I've never played with -- that brings a challenge. That
brings a new challenge on seeing how I can fit and make it go in my favor.
JAMBASE: What's an example of a particularly challenging sit-in
RC: At Bear Creek I played with…Skerik's in the band and Mike Dillon…I'm
think of the name…
JAMBASE: Dead Kenny Gs?
RC: Yes! Man, they had a lot of jamming, and it was jamming the way we
about it but whoa -- it was a lot of weird sounds going on, all these pedals and
electronics. I looked at that and I was like, wow, what can I put into this. And I think
it actually sounded pretty good, kind of intense! I played with Papadosio, too, and that's
a little different. But I try my best to adapt to any band, any style, any time. I'll do
JAMBASE: Is that a conscious thing, are you sort of weighing what might
before you jump in or do you just sort of start adding?
RC: No, man. There's a switch that flips on that I call "game time." You
much on stage with guys like I just mentioned, you end up sitting there, your brain's
frozen and you're behind. I try to keep a clean mind, and by the time those folks have
invited you onstage, they're already pretty amped so you just have to go at it.
JAMBASE: How often are you planned as a sit-in guest versus spur of the
come on stage Roosevelt.
RC: I'll call up some of my friends ahead of time and let them know where
to be so yeah we plan it a little bit -- probably 70 percent of it's like that even if we
don't know what the song's going to be. But that other 30 percent is on the fly. Oh yes,
on the fly. I cannot recall which ones were and which ones totally weren't planned --
there have been so many -- but I've definitely been in places where I'm listening to a
band I've come to hear and I'm getting called on stage 10 minutes later.