JAMBASE: Do you have any sense of what the demographic is going to be like? I’m
curious to see if it’s still
mostly the jamband and jazz fans or if reaches into some older Ray Charles fans as well?
KD:You know, there might be some variety. We’re just going to try to have fun
playing music for whoever it
is. We know it’ll be our fans, so if some others pop in that would be awesome [laughs].
JAMBASE: In terms of Ray’s music, he’s known for having a few different periods in
his development from
being a big person in the emergence of soul music, but also with country music and blues
music, so I wondered if
you had any certain styles that you are most drawn to or maybe certain songs you love?
KD:Not really to be honest. I really like all of his stuff. What we are focusing on
is the more dance stuff. We
really like doing the early boogaloo Ray Charles. It’s more fun to party to, but I love
all of it.
His version of "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" from Oklahoma is probably my favorite
his ever. His version of
Johnny Cash’s "Ring Of Fire," which we are going to do, is insane. I’ve always loved Ray
Charles. His voice really always
did it for me.
JAMBASE: I know you have a new album coming out. I’ve seen in the past where you’ve
said it can be tough
with so many working musicians to get things completed, but this one seems like it should
be really special. What are
you excited about on this one?
KD:Yeah man, we got this record done and I’m really excited because we got a new
drummer and we feel
like musically, we’ve kind of stepped into another thing. We’re writing a lot and gearing
up to make another record
right away. It’s going to be fun. The record is coming out great. We got Nicki Bluhm to
do a duet with me on a track,
which is going to be really cool. I don’t think it will be as cumbersome making records
from here on out, so we’re
JAMBASE: Everyone always asks about your fitness regime, in terms of how you get
What’s your secret to
KD: [laughs] I’ve been doing Tai Chi for probably thirty years now. That’s just how
I keep my batteries
charged. It’s an important part of what I do in terms of being able to travel and play and
do what I do without
breaking down, you know?
JAMBASE: Last one, how did you land the role as part of the unforgettable Sexual
Chocolate in Coming To
KD:I was in a band back then and the drummer actually got a gig on the Paramount
lot as John Landis’s
gopher [laughs]. John found out that he had a band and there was a need for a band in the
movie, so we got written
in to the script. It’s been pretty awesome to have that on my resume.