“I see you watching me like a hawk. I don’t mind about the things you talk. But if you touch me something’s got to give. I live the life I love and I love the life I live.” ~ Willie Dixon
Blues History: Who Was Willie Dixon? Read about his incredible contributions to American music here> Willie Dixon: Granddad to the Blues
Texas based indie artists The Trace Relations Band have just released their take on Dixon’s “I Live the Life I Love”, the fourth advance track from their upcoming debut studio CD “Prosperity Street”
Listen to “I Live the Life I Love”
The song is performed by The Trace Relations Band with special guests “Hash Brown” Calway (harmonica), Shawn Sahm (closing guitar solo) and The Long Distance Choir: Katherine Dawn, Carolyn Brown-Meyer, Sharda Brody, Wade Jacoby and Shawn Sahm (backing vocals)
Download available now at Trace Relations Music. The four advance tracks release from the band is also available on iTunes and at CD Baby.
Note from Trace (Vocalist and Co-Producer):The CD Prosperity Street is all about showcasing musicians and songs that have had a profound impact on my life. Willie Dixon’s music was a huge influence on me growing up, though I first heard his songs (like many of my generation) through ’70’s rock bands, primarily Led Zeppelin and The Allman Brothers Band. When it came time to picking the songs for the CD (which is half originals and half selected covers) I just had to go with “I Live the Life I Love” Firstly because it’s a great song, a sentiment I appreciate, and one that goes to the overall theme of the record, being acceptance of where you are in life and a determination to have a good time, no matter what obstacles are thrown in your path.
Secondly, I chose this because I met my beautiful and loving wife Lauren at a blues jam session in Dallas, right after I had sit in with the band and belted out this number. It’s our song, and Lauren has definitely helped me to create a Life I Love.
Dallas’ blues history impresario “Hash Brown” Calway has been a great friend and mentor in music for me, and we were honored that he accepted the offer to play harmonica on this track. Also my life-long friend and incredible musician, Texas Tornados’ Shawn Sahm kindly played the closing blistering lead guitar solo.
Last but certainly not least, I wanted to have the effect of a crowd chant of the hook line in the song “I Live the Life I Love and Love the Life I Live” and I am so thrilled that some of my life long friends and vocalists stepped up to the plate and helped out. I call it the “Long Distance Choir” because these backing vocals were all done in different locations, out of sheer kindness of my friends: Carolyn Brown-Meyer, Katherine Dawn, Sharda Brody and Wade Jacoby. I can’t thank them enough.
Can you tell I am really proud of this track? Thanks for listening and helping us keep the groove alive… T
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