This is a photo of the great David Hidalgo…
…and he is, without a doubt, at the very top of my list of people I would love to work with. No, wait…let me rephrase that…I would absolutely KILL to work with, in just about any musical setting because I consider him to be one of the greatest talents in the universe and my hands-down favorite singer in the world.
Well, guess what folks? My wish came true…along with everyone else of course!
David is currently on tour with a boat load of other guitar gods, paying tribute to the late Jimi Hendrix and the show just happened to roll through town a few days after we got here. Our good buddy Greg Spradlin, in town visiting us from Little Rock, knows him pretty well and rang him up to see if he was interested in stopping by to see what we were up to. About an hour later, he showed up to the session and hung out all day, telling everyone stories and vibing on the music we were making. After a few hours of listening and without any push from anyone,
“Hey, I got an idea for the end of that tune. You mind if I put a guitar part down”, he asks?
One take was all that was necessary cause he played it perfectly the first time through and with a huge smile on his face. Everyone was stunned, but he didn’t stop there. A moment later, he left and drove back across town to his hotel to get his special guitar he calls the Hidalgo-phone, so that he could use it on a second tune. Wow, what a guy. Not only can he really play but he works very fast. One of the coolest cats you’re ever likely to meet and a complete genius savant musician. Thank you, David…you are incredible. All of the musicians on this session were in awe that night, as well as our good friends who shared in the moment. This session with Jesse Aycock has yielded tremendous results in the week we’ve been here and I can’t say enough good things about the positive, talented, loving & supportive scene in Tulsa, OK.
Oh, and I’ll save the story of the three-hour late night crazy drunken jam session for another post cause right now my head is still in the clouds.