Ben Wasson: Spirit of Rockabilly, 60's style arrangements, flavored with country and blues! Ben Wasson: Spirit of Rockabilly, 60's style arrangements, flavored with country and blues!

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New Single Release –
Just Want To Be Your Salty Dog

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Nashville’s well known music lady, Judy Rodman, was at the helm as producer on this one. She brought in Mike Chapman as session leader. Mike’s one of the best bass men I’ve ever played with – and he’s played for, as well as produced, major artists himself.

They in turn brought in one of the best keyboard players on the planet, Michael Rojas, twice ACM keyboard winner of the year! (wow! What an incredible pianist!) I had personally asked for my longtime rock solid guitarist, Doug Grieves, and those two for sure brought in some high
octane music to the session. I lay down my basic tracks in Nashville, and mix and master in Dallas. During the mix at Audio Dallas, engineer Paul Osborne said, “this song sure could use an accordion .” It just so happened that my friend, Jeff Lisenby, who was currently acting as music director for the Johnny Cash, “Ring Of Fire” show – had played with me on sessions before. He had won the Missouri state accordion championship – twice! (Jeff and I, with a couple of his actor buddies, enjoyed a delightful lunch while during their “Ring Of Fire” performance while they were here in Dallas.) A no brainer here, I asked Jeff to come in, and he added his squeeze box to the tracks, and was superb, as usual. Judy had mentioned that we would get three cuts, maybe four tops, in the session. I realized if we did take a stab at a fourth one it would be a good idea to pick a tune that everyone already knew – so I contacted publisher Peer International, for permission to freshen up some lyrics on Salty Dog. They gave me the green light and it came up that it was the fourth song of the session. We got it one take. Since I had spent nearly three years as a radarman on the aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Intrepid, (now a museum in NYC) I had heard many of the long time enlisted sailors referred to as “old salty dogs”. (I related to the term!)

I was most proud to serve on that great ship… and most proud to serve our great country!
Hope you enjoy the song – you can tell by the music, the guys on the session had fun playing it. So did I!

Just before sitting down to the keyboard a moment ago, I heard the melody on t.v. of “Everyday”, playing as the musical background for a new commercial. Norman Petty and Buddy Holly created that song over a half century ago, and their work was so good……it’s still being played today. I vividly recall pulling into the Norman Petty Studio in Clovis, all those years ago, and seeing a ’56 Caddy parked out front. Everyone knew that Buddy drove a ’56 Cad (I was driving ’55 T-Bird). While I was waiting outside Norman’s office to present some new material – I watched as he and Buddy negotiated away whatever it was they were discussing. To have been sitting just a few feet away from two world acclaimed legends…… is just as awesome now, as it was back then!

Thanks Norman and Buddy!

   

Transitions: By Ben Wasson

Everyone in their lifetime goes through various transitions. These are some of mine. From Rockabililly to country to Ode to Baby Boomers, Transitions is a lined with a little country, 60’s rock, and the spirit of rockabillly.

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