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MA:  Thank you.  Yeah, I’m hoping I can get some of my special guests to come out and, like, sit in with me somewhere, you know?

Smitty:  Yeah, that would be very cool!

MA:  Get Lalah Hathaway to come sing with me live or, you know, get Keb Mo to come out and sit in at a concert or something, you never know. Well, now that I’ve got them on the record, it’s like “Come on, sit in, you’re on the record!”  (Both laughing)

mindi abairSmitty:  Well, that’s a nice incentive, that’s for sure.

MA:  I know. My mom and dad recently moved to L.A., so I know that they’ll kind of be moving around to some of the different concerts, and my dad has already sat in with me a few times on some shows, so that’s fun.

Smitty:  Oh yeah.

MA:  Always fun to add that family aspect.

Smitty:  Yep, and he’s not a throwdown.  I mean, he’s a player!  (Laughing)

MA:  Yeah, it’s fun for me to introduce…..“My dad’s gonna come up and sit in,” and the audience thinks “Aw, that’s nice, that’s great, it might not be so good, but we’re gonna clap anyway.”

Smitty:  Yeah.

MA:  So, you know, he gets on stage, plays a few notes, they’re like “Yeah, yeah,” but then he gets into his solo and he’s just screaming and doing all this stuff and just playing so great and, boy, once the audience figures out that he’s for real and that he is really an amazing sax player, they just get on their feet.  It’s really fun to watch, isn’t it?

Smitty:  Yeah, that is so cool. Your dad has got some chops! He’s a bad boy!

MA:  So it’s fun to show people where you came from.

Smitty:  Yes indeed.  So now when does the record drop?

MA:  The record comes out April 18th.

Smitty:  After listening to this record (several times), I must say to all of your fans, “Line up for this record because this is above the other two.  This is a great record.  You will definitely want to add this one to your collection.”

MA:  Very cool, thank you.

Smitty:  Yes.  So now the tour, you’re lining up the tour and gearing up for the summer and the fall, huh?

MA:  Yeah, we’re gonna be on the road a lot, so I think that we’re going to hit probably every major city, so yeah.

Smitty:  Great.

MA:  Everybody please come out.  The tour is on! Be a part of the new music.

Smitty:  Exactly. I was going say, this new music is going be great in the live performance setting, and your live shows are always a party!

MA:  It’s really going be fun, yeah.  The last album didn’t really lend itself to having every song be played live and you never quite think of that when you’re making a record, but this one I’m looking at and I just wrote out charts for every single one of them and we’re rehearsing all the new music now and it’s a blast.  (Both laughing)  So every song on this record is going to be represented live and it’s just that kind of record.  It’s got that kind of spirit.

Smitty:  Yes, very cool.  And I will see you in Vegas.

MA:  Right.

Smitty:  How ‘bout that?

MA:  Las Vegas City Of Lights Jazz and R&B Festival. That’ll be awesome. Oh yeah, we’re gonna have a good time.

Smitty:  Yes indeed.  Well, Mindi, I must wish you well with everything.

MA:  Thank you.

Smitty:  Thanks so much for spending a little time with The Smitty and talking about this great record and gearing up for another great year of music, and please let’s get together and talk some more.

MA:  I would love that.  I would love that.  So we’ll keep up with each other and see you in Vegas.

Smitty:  Yeah.

MA:  And who knows where else?

Smitty:  Cool.  All right, we’ve been talking with GRP recording artist Ms. Mindi Abair.  Once again, she has scored a great hit with this great new CD.  It’s called Life Less Ordinary, it’s scheduled released date April 18th, pick this one up, this is a great one.  You definitely want to put this one in your changer.  Mindi, thanks again, my friend, and best wishes for a great year in 2006 with the record and the tour.

MA:  Thank you.

Baldwin “Smitty” Smith