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Q&A Sessions
Janet Robin: February 1 - 14, 2000
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Hi Janet! This is so cool you are answering questions for us! We have been looking forward to this ever since we first heard you were doing it! My first question is...what got you into music? When did you decide to start being a musician...and who were your inspirations? (Janet S., Palmyra, New Jersey, USA)

Hi Janet, nice to meet you! Thanks for your question. It's my pleasure to answer. I initially got into music and specifically playing guitar from my older brother who I looked up to whilst growing up. He constantly had music blaring from his room next to me so I had no choice but to listen, and I'm glad for it. I grew up listening to a variety of music from The Beatles, to David Bowie, to Zeppelin, Heart, etc... Oddly enough I didn't listen to Fleetwood Mac till on my own, a bit later. (Just to note: My bro still rocks on guitar, but he's now a Dentist! what a change, ay? My Dad is a dentist, so like...father, like son...).

As far as my inspirations, I would have to note most of the bands above listed. Of course I had specific guitar inspirations, including Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Clapton, Nancy Wilson (one of the only girls around), and my own guitar teacher- Randy Rhoads, who taught locally in our neighborhood.

Nancy Wilson, Ann Wilson, and their friend Sue Ennis worked on a song with me in a former band I was in. Such is the connection there. I was very happy to work with Nancy as she was a childhood idol. I still have some connection with the girls, having recently opened for them out here in Orange County.

I was aware of Lindsey Buckingham's work but hadn't spent much time with his music, though I knew he was an incredible guitar player. Of course upon working with him, I was immediately in awe and totally inspired by his songwriting, production, and approach to playing. I count my blessings, as I've been lucky to have some pretty cool influences that I actually got to work with!


Second question. A lot of us got to know you through your work with Lindsey Buckingham. We have videos of the tour and saw you on Jay Leno with him and I just thought you were perfect for his Out of the Cradle tour. How was it working with him? Like how is his environment like? Its funny...we were joking how you are also so lucky cause you know how he smells..looks after a show...etc:) You will probably get asked those questions too! :)

Thank you so much for doing this! From one Janet to another...:) Have a good one! (Janet)

Well, working with Lindsey is great. He's a total pro. I learned an incredible amount from him. The environment in rehearsals were pretty much on a schedule. We would start around 12 noon and sometimes go till around 9 pm. 5 days a week. In between we would take breaks, and eat dinner. Initial rehearsals consisted of going over guitar arrangements and vocal parts, etc..

After Leno, we were able to concentrate more specifically on that and really put an effort in making a 2 hour show. I think we rehearsed for almost 3 months before our first show at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. Lindsey was pretty directed in what he wanted to do, though he did entertain ideas from the band. We did discuss sequence of the set at one point, if I remember correctly. As far as Lindsey himself, he's just a regular great guy. I can't really tell you any funny things about his smell, I'm sure he smelled great! I didn't notice anything out of the ordinary!....Lindsey is a fabulously sensitive & down to earth guy and I had an excellent time working with him!


Hi Janet, I am enjoying your album. To you this must be old. You are now looking to release a new album soon, right? Do you think you've distanced yourself from OPEN THE DOOR, a 1998 CD? I was immediately struck by the vocal similarities you have with Aimee Mann. I love her albums. How did you come to work with Lindsey? At the end of your CD, you added a track that sounded like Laurie Anderson/Lindsey. Was that an homage to one or the other? I really like all of those unexpected twists and turns in your songs. They deserve repeated listening. I wish you success with your music and your next CD. (Timothy Kee, North Huntington, Pennsylvania, USA)

Timothy! Thanks for your question, and thanks for picking up the CD, I'm glad you enjoy it. My disc, Open the Door, though released back in 1998 is still fresh for me. I still enjoy playing several of the songs off the record and include them even now in my current live set. Of course, I'm itching to release my next work and have been currently recording. Since the release of my first CD, I've done a lot of touring on my own, and while touring, I did a lot of writing, so I'm ready to collect those tunes and present them on record asap!

I've been compared to Aimee Mann and I find that a great compliment..... I've listened to her solo records in the past and I'm sure to have been inspired....I think her vocal sound is awesome and production is unique. I actually compare some of her production techniques to Lindsey's. Such is why I probably dig her music.

As far as getting the gig with Lindsey: I auditioned thru a recommendation out here in LA. He was looking specifically for a female guitarist and bg singer, so I often would get calls for gigs as such there weren't many, even back in '92. I'm glad to see more women these days, though. So I attended the audition which consisted of playing several different songs and guitar and vocal parts with the other guitarists already hired, and then eventually Lindsey would join in. I stayed for almost 5 hours which I thought was unusual. (Then again, we're talking about Lindsey Buckingham- things move at a little slower pace)....Anyhow, I was notified about 2 weeks later that I got the gig, which I extremely happy and proud to do!

Hope this answers your questions....cheers!


Hi Janet Thanks for doing this Q & A. What was it like working with Lindsey? Were you attracted to him ? I saw you in concert with LB back, in 93 you were great!! What inspires you to write songs? When did you write your first song ? What was it like learning to play from the late great Randy Rhodes? Has your musical style changed over the years? Would you ever work with Lindsey again? Thanks again!!! (Christa, West Haven, Connecticut, USA)

Christa! Thanks for your question. I enjoy answering.

Working with Lindsey was excellent. I mark it as one of the greatest high points in my life, thus far. He's an incredible musician and song stylist. He taught me a lot, without knowing he was teaching me! He's a total pro and I have immense respect for him. He's completely dedicated to his work and is not really caught up in being a "rock star" or the "Hollywood" thing that often happens to people when they become famous, etc...I have a lot of respect for that. He's truly and artist and I hope to continue to learn from him.

As far as attraction, I'm sure on some level I was attracted to him, though it might have been his work I was most attracted to. I did have my own mate at the time, so I was somewhat taken already......

I love writing songs mostly because I love being able to express thoughts musically and thru the guitar. I think I wrote my first real song at age 12 when I was in a neighborhood garage band, though we did get to perform at my elementary school talent show!

It was awesome studying guitar with Randy Rhoads. I feel extremely lucky to have had that experience. Randy taught locally in my neighborhood where I grew up. My brother who was taking guitar lessons first took from him while I was still studying classical. I eventually moved over to electric and started with Randy. I believe I was his only girl student at the time, but he really did care about any of that. Guitar was his instrument and he was an excellent teacher and really enjoyed teaching. His mom was a music teacher and owned the school where he taught. I feel like Randy has been pigeon-holed into this "metal" guitar god, which is not totally. I don't think he would have wanted that. He was an incredible classical guitarist and an awesome blues riffer. He knew a lot of styles and I really got to hone my lead work thru his different styles he taught.

Of course, my own style has evolved thru the years. Having previously been in a harder edged band in the past, to Lindsey Buckingham, to my own current work now. I think it's important for any artist to grow and experiment with different styles, etc...I've grown the most recently, doing my own solo work now.

Being independent affords me the freedom to make my own choices, thus far- depending on my schedule of releases and touring, etc... -if timing was right, and (I was asked again) I wouldn't hesitate to work with Lindsey again. It's always a great experience working with him! thanks for your question!


I've seen you perform at The Mint and also on Lindsey's tour, opening for Tina Turner. You're really wonderful. Keep it up!! My question is how were you picked to be in Lindsey's touring group? Were there tryouts?? What were the rehearsals like? Thanks! (JC, Los Angeles, California, USA)

Hey JC, my fellow Angeleno! Thanks for your question.... and thanks for coming to the shows, next time, introduce yourself!

I was referred to the audition by a women out here who used to run a business that placed musician's in touring bands, sort of an agent thing. Lindsey was specifically looking for another girl. He was planning on putting together a guitar army with 2 guys, 2 girls, and himself. Anyhow, even back in 1992 there weren't many girl guitarist available so I often got calls for auditions looking specifically for a girl guitarist/singer. I was in a female band prior and got exposure from that band.

As far as rehearsals, I'd refer back to a previous question I answered regarding that. Basically rehearsals were 5 days a week usually from about 12 noon to 9 pm. We rehearsed for 3 months in the beginning prior to our first tour. Before the Tina Turner tour, we still rehearsed but I think we only had about a month to prepare and we were all pretty versed in the set already. Not many changes were made for the second tour, except we had to cut the set shorter since we were the opening act.

Definitely refer back to a previous answer and you'll get more details there. Thanks again for your question, and hope to see you soon out here in LA!


Hi Janet! I just picked up your cd "Open The Door" and I love it!! I can't stop listening to it. I can't wait for the next one :) Now to a few questions..... I was wondering how you were hired for Lindsey's band? Obviously he knows talent :) And I was also wondering about your involvement in recording with Lindsey in the studio. Was it for his hopefully soon to be cd "Gift of Screws"? I was also wondering what kind of guitars you play??? I know you like Taylor guitars. Hopefully I'll see you at the NAMM show. Are you going to be there the four days? Thanks for your time Janet and keep up the good work. Cheers :) (David Gaines, Norwalk, California, USA)

David! thanks for your question. Hope to see you at NAMM as well. Actually, I will only be there on Thursday, the first day at the Taylor Guitar booth, at 2:30 pm. Stop by if you can, I'll be with my bass player, Bryan Beller.

Thanks for getting the disc, I'm really happy you like it. We put a lot into that record. I'm working hard the next one, though it's been crazy recording and doing shows in between! I look forward to finishing though, sometime by Summer.

As far as your question regarding getting the gig with Lindsey, you should definitely check out a previous answer. Most of the details are listed in that answer.

My involvement in his recording was limited, although he did take the band to Hawaii to cut some demo's and ideas for his future record. Though I don't believe any of the actual recordings made the cut, I think he did use some of his song ideas and some of the arrangements we messed around with. We then continued to do a little recording in his studio at his house. Same thing there as far as experimentation on some musical ideas of his. Eventually he continued on his own doing it solo, though not surprised since he's very reclusive and seems to enjoy doing his music on his own. He's certainly talented enough and doesn't really need anyone!

Aside from my Taylor, I also have an Alvarez Acoustic/Electric I enjoy. When I play full band shows I also play my 1978 Les Paul Custom, a guitar I've owned since I was a little girl. Lately, I've also been using a 1962 re-issue Fender Tele that sounds awesome.

Well, hope this sheds some light. Thanks again for your questions...see you in LA!


Hi Janet! It's great to get finally get to talk to you :-) Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions. Lindsey fans have been eagerly looking forward to your Q&A.

First of all, let me say I think you are an extremely talented, kick ass guitar player. I saw you with Lindsey in Atlanta on the "Out of The Cradle" tour in '93. You and Lindsey had such great onstage chemistry together, especially during "This Is The Time." How did you first hook up with Lindsey? What was it like touring with him? and "What was your favorite song from the "Cradle" tour? Thanks! (Ann, Gordonsville, Tennessee, USA)

Ann: Thanks for your questions.... If you refer back to some previous answers about getting the gig with Lindsey, etc...you'll see some details. As far as touring with him, as I've said before he's really a pro, and expects his band as so too. Of course, there would be great times after shows hanging out, etc... But for the most part it was to get back to the Hotel or on the bus to get ready for the next show. That's pretty much your focus when you're on the road: The shows. And it should be, so that we can do our performances to the best of our abilities for you, the audience!

On certain rides that LB accompanied the band on the bus, we would occasionally sit around and play some music, which was really great fun because it was a nice and relaxing atmosphere to be creative in. Sometimes we would set-up a mini recording session in his suite at a certain hotel where we'd have a few days off. That was good fun too, while on the road. It's nice to have a little change from your main focus every night, though since it was still music, it still fit into our mode of work.

I had a couple of favorite tunes on the tour that the band played. "Save a Place" was a fav. I think that song had some awesome harmonies. I loved playing " The Chain" and felt honored to do such a great Mac song, as well as "Go Your Own Way."

Also enjoyed "This is the Time." I have to say though, that I was often on the side of the stage in amazement watching Lindsey do "Big Love" and "Go Insane" acoustic versions. I thought that was just out of this world.

Hope this answers your questions!


Hi Janet - We've really been looking forward to having you on The Penguin. My question is what process did Lindsey use to teach the Cradle band the music, both instrumentally and vocally. Since he has said he doesn't read or write music, did you all just listen and learn by rote - did he isolate the harmonies/instruments onto different tracks - how did you do it, how much did you practice and how long did it take? (Barbara Holmes, Houston, Texas, USA)

Barbara:

Thanks for the question. I answered some of your questions in previous answers, though I don't mind going into a bit more detail. LB was pretty specific in what we were going to play, though there was input from us as well. Most of the parts were known because they had already been recorded and we pretty much followed what was on the recordings. We first rehearsed just with the guitarists for quite a while isolating the parts and defining them even more. Of course practicing too....Then down the line, LB brought in the drummer and percussionists to start working on the full set of songs. Sometimes our parts were recorded in rehearsals (for better or worse!). That was extremely helpful though, because we could then go and listen to see what was going on with each of us. That was definitely motivating and I found myself doing a lot of extra practicing at home, just to make sure I was rockin' on the tapes at rehearsals!

Anyway: I learned a lot about structure of rehearsals from LB. He's extremely a pro and somewhat of a perfectionist, though, of course one would want one's project to be the best it could be. So, suffice to say: I learned a ton which in turn helped me become, I think, a better musician myself for my own work.


Hi Janet,

I'm a fan of yours - I heard/saw you sing with Lindsey on the OOTC tour (when you played in Chicago and it was filmed for television) and a friend of mine has your "Open the Door" CD and she let me listen. (I plan to buy my own copy soon).

I read an interview where you talked about your experiences with singing, how you started in a "screaming metal band" and then had to learn how to sing much differently (softer, more melodious) when you worked with Lindsey. Are there any other singers who you would particularly like to sing with (duet, or singing backup, etc.?) I know you're concentrating on your own career right now, but who are some of the people who you'd jump [to sing with] if they asked? Is there anyone? (Justine, North Hollywood, California, USA)

My fellow North Hollywood girl! Hello. I was raised in North Hollywood, just FYI...

Thanks for your question. Yes, well 'tis true that I started singing backgrounds in my former all-girl hard rock band. There was definitely a lot of screaming, though we did have some harmonies and such to cover. We did have some melodic tunes for a rockin' band, though, the focus in that band was more about attitude, etc.. in the singing.

When I got the gig with Lindsey, of course my focus was forced to change. I was entering a different stage in my musical career. As noted in a previous answer, you'll see how some of the rehearsing we did in LB's project helped A LOT with my singing and concentration on harmonies, etc..

His gig definitely forced me to become a better singer. It was painful at times, and I did go to a vocal coach for help. I don't mean pain physically, just pain emotionally and personally. I really had to focus and put a lot of effort into my parts and was motivated to work hard because I really enjoyed working with Lindsey and his music, and I really wanted to show myself I could nail those parts down. After eventually becoming more comfortable with the music, etc.. I could really enjoy the fun and spirit that's attached to playing music and especially great music, as LB's is.

As far as singing now with other artists- that's a tough one. I still work hard at my vocals so it would have to be someone I really felt comfortable with or thought we sounded cool together. I really like Nancy Wilson's voice. She sang background's on a song we wrote together back when I was with my former band. I think we might sound cool together. I really dig Tom Petty too. I love his personality in his voice and I think he could be fun to work with. Though I'm concentrating on my own stuff now, there's a lot of people I think are great talents and I would love to work with them. If timing was right, I would do so!


Janet, I'm new to LA (actor - recently moved here from Chicago). I love rock and pop music. What are your impressions, as an LA musician, of the LA music scene? Does it seem supportive to its artists? or do you ever feel that this town is too focused on - er- other things. (such as the movie industry) What do you think? (Justine, North Hollywood, California, USA; who has noticed that the LA rock/pop radio stations are not as good as the stations in Chicago)

Hi Justine!

Well, I am a native of LA, so I do have some perceptions of our town that I think are valid, especially since I've done a lot of touring around the country. I definitely agree with you about our radio stations. I think there are WAY better stations in other towns in the US. Especially, ones that play a large variety of music, which is cool. There's also more radio stations out there that focus on singer-songwriter stuff, which of course I appreciate a lot. We don't have much of that here in town, less KCRW and 103.1.

As far as the music scene goes.... LA is a little funny. There's definitely a concentration on the film and tv industry, and entertainment industry. Since there's sooooo much focus on that, people don't seem too excited to go out to see bands or check out new music, though, it does happen here and there. It's just oversaturation.

I find that it's generally word of mouth out here as far as going to see a band or artist. In other cities, however, there seems to be a general motivation to go out and see a new artist or just go out period to hear music and have some entertainment. Here in LA we're completely saturated with entertainment and people just get overwhelmed and nothing's that new to them. Well, you can't blame 'em for that.... At least I'm grateful for my loyal following here in town! And then I also get to enjoy my shows on the road!


I just recently saw the Atlanta Out of the Cradle show and I was totally blown away...I just wanted to make sure, your are the one that gets in the guitar sword fight with Lindsey at the end of This is the Time right??? That was awesome...You're a very talented musician for sure...My question for you is: I am a guitar player that is finishing up with college and moving to Los Angeles when I graduate, is there any tips you can pass along my to help get me started when I do get out there? I do play other instruments, but just typical rock band stuff, piano, bass, drum programming and so on...I have recorded a demo of my own stuff all parts performed by myself, as maybe some sort of resume or something....any help that you could pass along would be greatly appreciated....I would to have the opportunity to get in with some great musicians and make some fantastic music....Two more quick questions....What was your favorite song to perform with Lindsey??! And any plans to tour for your new album? Thanks...=) (Joshua Nothom, Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA)

Joshua:

Thanks for your question.

Yes, that was me in the guitar duel with LB. Great fun doing that! As far as advice for coming out here, well it's the usual. I think it's great you have a tape, because you'll need that to show your work to get in bands or for sessions, or whatever it is you want to do. There's a good publication out here called, Music Connection. I think you should pick up a copy and read thru it. There's also some good ads in the back to check out. And you might go to some of the recommended shows in town, to check out the scene. The LA Weekly is a good source for that. You'll often meet other musician's at the shows, and that might turn you on to other things, etc...

As far as my fav song to play with LB, I'd refer back to a previous answer. There was definitely more than one song!

And, yes I do plan on touring on my next CD again. Probably the Northwest first and then some dates on the East Coast, eventually hitting the mid-west. I go out solo-acoustic, no band, so I'm apt to be in a town near you! I play pretty much everywhere from local colleges to local clubs, and even some cafe's in town. Summer tour plans are in the works... just gotta finish up the next CD first!


Hello Janet Robin. Glad to see you like the Wilson sisters. A friend lent me a video-taped recording of Lindsey's "Out of the Cradle" show. Great show all the way around. Interesting to see that many of the "developments" or "twists" Fleetwood Mac employed for their old songs on the dance were largely worked our in Lindsey's songs already (I'm thinking of "Big Love" especially). Two Questions: 1). During Lindsey's encore, he sang "Go Your Own Way" (of course), and when he reached the by-now famous line "Packing up, shacking up's all you wanna do" I noticed he looked around and shot you a sarcastic grin. You returned the gesture with a wide-eyed smile of your own. I laughed at home. Were you guys getting a laugh out of the over-told Lindsey-Stevie affair? 2). Have you heard Nancy Wilson's solo cd she put out a year or so ago? If so, what do you think? (Tony Leuzzi, Rochester, New York, USA)

Hey Tony, thanks for your questions. Lindsey and myself did a lot of glancing whilst performing, as he often did with some of the other band members. I don't exactly remember that particular moment, as there were many I think mainly based on just enjoying being on stage and entertaining. He might have been thinking of something in particular during those lines, but I'm sure it wasn't directed to me, and I'm sure I was just enjoying the moment of "rocking" out!

I'm embarrassed to say that I have not yet heard Nancy's solo CD recorded at McCabe's. I just haven't ran out and picked up quite yet. However, I was at that particular show here in LA so I have it imprinted already. Nevertheless, I think she's great and definitely holds her own live. Of course, I love her guitar playing and especially her fingerstyle picking. She's a true talent, and inspiration.


Hello, Janet! I recently bought your "Open the Door" CD from the Penguin, and I'm already a big fan! (Thanks for the autograph!) I love all the irony in the songs' lyrics--I'm thinking particularly of "I Swore" and "Catch My Breath." Are these songs inspired by your real-life experiences? And it's not only the lyrics that keep the songs so interesting--the music is very catchy, fun, and exciting. How long did it take to write and record all of "Open the Door"? Can you tell us anything about your next CD? Will it be similar to "Open the Door"? Will you follow it up with a tour? I hear Alfred University's a great place to visit... We're very friendly up here! :-) Thanks for taking the time to do this Q&A session. Best of luck for all your future work! (John Mauro, Almond, New York, USA)

Hi John,

Thanks for the questions. It took quite a while to record Open the Door, almost a full year. Even though I had most of the songs written. We experimented in the studio a bit and I recorded a few tracks over and over until I felt the song was ready.

I'm working on my next CD write now, though I'm still writing as well, so this approach is a bit different. I'm sure it'll be somewhat similar in style to Open the Door, but I also plan on having a bit more guitar work on this CD and plan to include a few more solo-acoustic tracks, having been playing on the road a lot like that recently.

I definitely plan on touring, and hope to come to your area, sounds great!


Hi Janet, Did Lindsey ever talk about his views on the future of Fleetwood Mac - particularly whether he thought the Rumours line-up would ever work together again to produce a new studio album? (Angela, Oxford, England, USA)

Thanks for your question...

Lindsey seemed pretty focused on his own work, at least the last time I saw him back in August of '99, of course I cannot speak for him and I would never want assume anything on his behalf. So- I'm sorry I don't have much information on your question. I guess you'll have to wait and see....


When you do tour in Pittsburgh or near by, what club do you use as my friends at The Beauty Shop and I want to drive down to see you personally ! Sorry we didn't make it to The Mint...we tried!!!Your cd is just great...especially " I Swore "....Nice catchy melodic tune with good riffs !!! Cheers to You!!! (Charlotte Ann, N. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)

Hi Char,

thanks for your question. I tour quite often to Pittsburgh, as I have family in town. My dad was born in Pittsburgh. I usually play at The Rosebud, a pretty nice club downtown.

Glad you like the CD, thanks for your comments!


I had a question about Randy Rhoads. This is the same Randy who was the guitarist for Ozzy and died in that tragic airplane crash? If so..he was amazing and how lucky you were to work with him!!! If the same person..again..you worked with him before he was famous? When he did become famous...did you still keep in contact with him? He seemed like such a "hard rock" guitarist..did he teach that? Was he also a good acoustic guitarist? I hope I have the right person! Thank you!:) (Janet S., Palmyra, New Jersey, USA)

Thanks for question about Randy Rhoads. Yes, it is the same person we are talking about. Unfortunately, he died in a untimely airplane crash at age 25, I believe. He taught around the corner from my childhood house in North Hollywood, Ca. at a music school his mom ran. My brother originally took lessons from him, and then I followed.

He was not world famous at that time, however, he was playing in a popular LA band, called Quiet Riot. Yes, that's the same band that went on to future 80's hard rock fame. Randy was the original guitarist and that kind of music was really hot back then here in LA. I used to go with my parents to the rock clubs to go see him perform. I had to go with my folks because I was under-age! I have cool rock n'roll parents, though.

I do feel blessed to have studied with such an awesome guitar player. Most of his students knew he was special. Eventually, he landed the gig with Ozzy and that led him to world-wide fame. He would come back to LA in between tours and teach his students. He was really dedicated to teaching and it truly genuine. He was known for his "hard rock" style, but actually he was an accomplished classical guitarist and often hired a classical guitar teacher to accompany him on the road. He was also a great blues riffer and cool songwriter. He had an incredible ear for chord progressions that were catchy and unusual at the same time.

I'm so happy to have studied with him, it definitely shaped a lot of my playing and I've adapted a lot recently on my acoustic guitar which has helped me define my own personal style of playing, especially on acoustic. My only sorrow lies in the fact that he's not around to see his students who have continued to play and enjoy the guitar, as much as he did!


Hi, Janet, thanks for taking the time to answer our questions.

In regards to your tenure with Lindsey's band, how were the different guitar parts doled out? Meaning, were your parts dictated by Lindsey ("I want you to play this specific part") or did Lindsey present the specific parts he wanted played to the group and let the guitarists hash out who'd play what part? Do you use "alternate tunings" much? Just saw in a previous answer that you have a '78 LP Custom. Is that about the heaviest guitar you've ever owned? I read that and got an immediate twinge in my left shoulder. I had a '78 LP Standard as my main guitar for awhile and after 6 months on the road, my shoulder was never the same! :-) (Steve Denison, Long Beach, California, USA)

Steve!

Thanks for stopping by. In reference to your first question, check out an earlier answer regarding guitar parts in Lindsey's band.

I do use alternate tunings occasionally. On my CD, "Catch My Breath" is in a: D-G-D-G-B-D tuning, a nice low D tuning.

Yes, indeed my Les Paul is extremely heavy, but I guess I'm used to it, I've owned it since I was twelve!


Hello, Janet,

I can't wait to hear your album. Does Lindsey make any credited or uncredited appearances on it? Do you know what he's up these days? It's been forever since his last solo effort. Is he well? Do you see or talk to him? (C. Mark, Grand Junction, Colorado, USA)

Lindsey does not make an appearance on my CD, however, he's there in spirit and inspiration! I know he really likes the song "Always Want." He's been responsive about that tune in the past.

As far as what he's up to, I'd refer to previous answers. I'm not sure what's up with him recently, I haven't seen him since last August, which then he was working on his upcoming release.


Hi Janet! Thanks for stopping by to answer our questions. My question is, did you make any contributions to his new album? Also, there's a rumor that Lindsey will be touring with this new album. Do you think that you'll be asked to go with him again? (Marissa, New Jersey, USA)

I didn't make any contributions to his new album. The band did do some recording quite a long time ago with at the very beginning stages, but he continued on his own and then of course, got busy with the Fleetwood Mac reunion back in '97.

I'm not sure of his touring plans and his band ideas for his new release. I'm sure if he was interested in having me on board again and it was fitting into his touring band thoughts, he would officially ask. Though, one must never speculate, and LB will ultimately put together his project however he sees it coming together.....

Thanks for your questions!

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