London – 1985
London – 1985
Tbirds Webmaster: It is common for Kim to call off audibles during shows, right?
Jason: Yes. He uses no set list. He feels the crowd and calls out what he thinks should be next. If you are not paying attention … I have a pretty bad habit of playing with my eyes closed and my head tilted, trying to listen to each member of the band. Some drummers power through and play what they think they should play. I think I should listen. So sometimes I get caught with my eyes closed.
I used to do gigs with James Cotton. And he would yell at me. I would be back there just playing away, eyes closed. He would be making cues with his hands and I focussed on listening. He would give me a little bit of grief about it. So I try to pay a little more attention now.
Tbirds Webmaster: Although, it is certainly not apathy on your part. It sounds like you just get lost in the music.
Jason: Sure. And maybe that’s a part of playing this kind of music. To learn it you really have to throw yourself into what it is and try to make it right.
It’s more about feeling than being an acrobat who plays a zillion notes. – Kim
I just got lucky for myself getting as far as I have in music because of the music I chose. You know, whether it was my brother and I listening to my dad’s Kinks records or Slim Harpo records, that feeling on there was something that I could try to obtain without being able to play Art Blakey licks. I got lucky that I chose the music with the correct feel that I could chase down and learn. – Jason
“The Way We Roll” is my favorite track on the new album, “On The Verge”. We went in and came up with our parts on the fly. Kim did one take for his vocals and harp. It was like one of those things that come together fast and we were like, “Whoa, that’s it right there…” – Mike
When I moved to Austin, people would play a T-Birds album and tell me, “This is what you gotta learn.” And that’s why I moved to Austin – to figure out where that style came from … that Louisiana/Excello Records kind of stuff. – Mike
Making music still feels fresh to me. That’s why I’m still doing what I do at this age. – Kim
Tbirds Webmaster: But it’s more the music’s legacy rather than the person’s or the band’s legacy. Wouldn’t it be? Because there are a lot of side guys who contributed to a lot of great albums that people will never hear of, but they left their mark. So the legacy is in the music, but not necessarily …
Kim: Not necessarily the band, no. Especially if you’re talkin’ about the ’60s, because they had studio bands that were cutting behind everybody. I mean, there’s a guy that I played with named Larry Taylor, He made his first recordings in the late 50s. I remember there was a song by Country Joe and the Fish (pictured) called “Don’t Bogart That Joint.” He goes, “Oh yeah. I played tic tac bass on that.” And I’m like “You’re kidding me, man.”