I have been fortunate in my musical endeavors to work with and associate with folks who are both great musicians and great people. Right now I’m playing in a band with Seven Morris and Ryan Carver (we’ll play out real soon now, I promise). Seven, who was once in a band with Joe Genaro of the Dead Milkmen, asked Ryan and me last year if we’d be interested in helping him contribute a song to an album that Joe’s friends were putting together for his 50th birthday. All the songs would be covers of Joe’s songs. Of course we said yes, and we picked a song and set about learning it and figure out how to cover it.
We were pretty happy with the version we had come up with, and it was almost great, but missing just little something. Then Seven suggested that we have his stepson Henry Monteiro sing the lead vocal. The idea had a nice symmetry to it, since Henry’s folks, Tracey Long and Mike Monteiro, knew Joe from waaaay back in the old days. All the better, Henry knocked the vocals out of the park. They’re perfect, and I love this song as much as anything I’ve ever recorded. Go have a listen, and listen to all the other songs as well. (Another great musician who has put up with my guitar playing, Brian Beattie, also has a track on the album with Kathy McCarty.)
Listen to Seventeen by Stepson.