“Don’t Look Back” is the title song and leads the record off. It was important to set the tone with something fun and funky. The song features John Lee Sanders on vocals and alto sax. John and I go back to a band called Uncle Rainbow, who got their start in Dallas and moved to the San Francisco Bay area in the mid-70s. Here is a picture of John and I back in the day in our cool satin shirts:
And here we are a few years later at a nice local bistro after he sang and played sax on “Don’t Look Back:”
The song also features a young lady that I discovered in the mountains of Colorado when she was 14 years-old. Rachael Lampa (McCarthy) remains the best singer I have ever had the pleasure of working with, and I’ve worked with a few.
Here is her debut album cover And we re-create it 14 years later
Also appearing with Rachael on vocals is Chris Rodriguez–their blend is fantastic. Aaron Smith is playing drums.
I also want to mention a fantastic cameo vocal tour-de-force by Michelle Tumes (Higgins.) Michelle and I worked a great deal together during our time in Nashville, especially considering she was on “another” label. In fact, one of the many things I got in trouble for during my time as VP of A&R at Word Records was my prolific use of Michelle. Anyway, I had an idea for a vocal layering arrangement in the instrumental section of this song and immediately thought of her to do it. It’s a short bit, but it is very powerful. Boy did she deliver! She sent me FORTY-EIGHT tracks! Now that’s a girl after my own heart!
I also went to New Orleans, city of my birth, for Mardi Gras to film a video of revelers singing and dancing to “Don’t Look Back.” I’m actually planning to work on that one of these days…