My post "In Context and Time" details the pseudo-history of each recording project I've undertaken, while simultaneously discussing the progression of each disc's chronological framework. To summarize, I traveled in a time machine back to the dawn of rock and roll, and wound up traversing through the worlds of fusion and concept before landing squarely upon somewhat of a late-'70s punk-rock ethos with Born to Be Wild, "Top of the Sky" and "Devil's Rage." In 2021, the challenge became entering the '80s - a decade in which I lived, and the answer was a back-to-basics approach consisting of reinterpreted tunes and a project inspired by The Honeydrippers: Volume One, Robert Plant's solo project from the '80s that honed in on classics from the 1950s.
The resultant EP, Power Player, references the '60s - my favorite musical era, and one I was immersed in when Plant's own retro EP was receiving heavy airplay on radio stations airing a then-new format called "classic rock." It kicks off with a rendition of the Rivieras' 1964 hit "California Sun." Their version has a truly effervescent vibe that would encourage any young man to explore the West. Here, I employ an acoustic Martin guitar as an electrified instrument, soloing with overdrive influenced by Keith Richards' similar use of the instrument on the Stones' 1968 release "Sympathy for the Devil." This was not my first time utilizing the acoustic in this way, as evidenced by several live performance videos that exist on YouTube.