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chuck loebSmitty:  Yeah, I totally get it because sometimes instrumentalists will say “Well, I’m in control of my guitar or my instrument all the time,” but you also hear where they say “Sometimes the instrument just takes me to a certain place and I let it happen.”

CL:  Yeah, yeah, I know what you mean.

Smitty:  So it goes both ways, I guess, but I often wonder about that sometimes, especially with guitarists because you’ve got such a melody-driven aspect of the music and….

CL:  I do. I do try to do that.  (Both laugh.)

Smitty:  And you’re leading, you know what I mean?  So sometimes in that whole leading arena, you often wonder within that, who’s leading who….

CL:  Yeah, right.

Smitty:  .…and how that works and how that happens, you know what I mean?

CL:  I think I know what you mean.  There’s a song on the new CD called “The Western Sky.”

Smitty:  Yeah. Nice track.

CL:  And I think in a sense there’s a couple of parts of that song where the guitar took me by the hand and led me where I had to go, you know?  (Laughs.)

Smitty:  Yeah.

CL:  But, yeah, I see what you mean.

Smitty:  But isn’t that a beautiful experience to have that interplay with the instrument?

CL:  Oh yeah.

Smitty:  Because it’s a given that we have that interplay with the artists, with the whole camaraderie of the band, but when you’re having that experience within the instrument itself, it’s a beautiful thing.

CL:  Yeah, that’s true.

Smitty:  Absolutely.  So, now, the record comes out when?

CL:  We’re speaking on the 4th of January.  It will be out in 19 days on the 23rd and that’s when it’s released commercially to the retail stores and to iTunes and the Internet and all that.  However, it’s been released at radio since late October.

Smitty:  Yeah, all right.

CL:  That was one of the things that I was happy about with Heads Up is that they understood that sometimes there’s a lapse between radio and when the album’s actually available.  In other words, the thing comes out and it’s there, but maybe people aren’t quite as aware of it because it hasn’t been on the radio yet.

Smitty:  Absolutely.

CL:  And that’s happened to me several times, so this time we decided to get it out to radio so that people had plenty of time to get used to the idea that there was a new product of mine in the air, and by the time the word was out, you know, we’re in this case six, seven, eight weeks, when it actually does show up in the marketplace people are already talking about it or know about it or have heard a little bit about it.

Smitty:  I think that’s a great strategy, absolutely, that’s very cool.

CL:  I hope so.  It’s hard in this, you know, the music business is struggling, as probably everyone knows.

Smitty:  Yeah.

CL:  So you have to do every little bit that you can to, you know, to let people know, “Hey, here I am, pay attention to me.”

Smitty:  Yes indeed.  Well, you’re with a great group of guys over there at Heads Up because they’re always on the cutting edge and they’re always out in front with new technology and new strategies, and so Dave Love and those guys, I’ve always got my hat…it’s permanently tipped to those guys all the time, so….  (Both laugh.)

CL:  Yeah, I’m with you.

Smitty:  That’s very cool.  Well, man, I am really loving this record, you’ve got some great cats on here with you, and I just love those guitars you’re playing, man.  Wow.  And they not only sound good, but they look good too! (Both laugh.)

CL:  Yeah, well, it’s a new line of guitars for me in the last few years.  I switched over.  I was with Yamaha.  We were talking about change before from one record company to the other, so I changed over from Yamaha to Sadowsky guitars and they do look good.

Smitty:  Yeah.

CL:  I like the way they look.  They’re sexy looking guitars.

Smitty:  Yeah, man.

CL:  And, you know, they play good and they sound real good. They’re very high quality instruments.

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