|John Lee Hooker Jr. at Pajama Studios, Oakland, Calif.|
Because Jim is my longtime collaborator, sometime-producer, and always-engineer, I’ve been hearing about this project as it progressed. I’m very proud of Jim and very glad for Hooker, Jr. You can check out some of Jim’s compositions on his myspace page at http://www.myspace.com/touchtonehits . Don’t let the hyperbole fool you; he’s a humble, empathetic guy. And his talent spans genres, with a background including a stint as composer in residence for the state of Washington as well as doing sessions with recording artists from Deniece Williams to Pharoah Sanders to Tupac Shakur. Very few people bring such a mix of compositional and engineering chops to the recording console. Mazel tov, Jim and John Lee.