How Did Joe Walsh Come To Play On Kix Brooks Single?

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An artist especially one who’s been in the business for as long as Kix Brooks has, knows when he has a hit record on his hands.  He also knows when it may need an extra special something.  “It’s really funny how Joe Walsh got involved because I had actually gotten this record finished, and I’m thinkin’, ‘Man, this may be a single. I really like how this has turned out.’ And Lonnie Napier who does my radio show, he walks in and goes, ‘Man, that sounds like a hit,’ and I go, ‘I hope you’re right,’ and he goes, ‘You know what it needs is like some Joe Walsh-soundin’ slide on it, though.’ And I wanted to blow him off, and I thought, ‘You know for once, he’s right.’  And it just so happens that my manager is partners with Irving Azoff, who manages The Eagles. And I ran down there and said, ‘You think Irving would like to hear this song?’ He goes, ‘You should play it for him.’ So I sent it to him, and sure enough, a few minutes later, I get a e-mail back: ‘Sounds like a hit!’ And I sent him one right back. I said, ‘Enough of a hit you might call Joe about it?’ And so, seriously, about 10 minutes later, I get this phone call, and it’s Joe freakin’ Walsh! You know, he goes, ‘Dude, I love this song! I wanna play on it!’ I go, ‘Are you kiddin’ me?! You’re Joe Walsh!!’ Anyway, he was rehearsin’ with Paul McCartney at the time, and he said, ‘I’m over here; I’m a nervous wreck — I gotta play with McCartney.’ I went, ‘He should be a nervous wreck playin’ with you, dude! You’re the king of slide guitar!’ And he was nice enough…he went home, I sent him the tracks the way modern-day technology works these days, you know, and had it back, gosh, like two days later, and there you have it. Got the greatest slide-guitar player in the world on my dadgum record.”

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