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An old pro

posted Jun 19, 2019, 11:26 PM by Steve Sauer   [ updated Jun 19, 2019, 11:31 PM ]
It was my distinct pleasure meeting The Trammps’ original keyboard player, Ed Cermanski, on Father’s Day at the Bridgeport Ribhouse. He used one of my keyboards to play his electric piano part on “Disco Inferno,” and man, did he rock the house! It was such an honor to watch him play. Ed’s an old pro. He totally schooled me on how to play his part in the song. It’s something I admittedly never quite mastered while I was playing this song live on gigs subbing with the Sofa Kings a while back. Ed asked me for a Fender Rhodes sound before he played, and I asked if he wanted strings too on my other keyboard. He declined the strings because it was just one of the other studio overdubs on the song that wasn’t his part. That works for me!

Just for fun, I spent Wednesday recording and releasing a new original song called “Oh Phe.” It’s now available on Bandcamp. The recording features the additional work of two of my AM Radio Tribute Bandmates — see if you can guess which ones!

The day of that recording was the 10th anniversary of my first experience seeing Get the Led Out in concert and meeting the band. This experience changed my life. I’d driven to Gainesville, Florida, to meet up with JR Warner, who was putting me in touch with the band backstage ahead of their performance. After getting to spend some quality time with the band, I got to watch their marvelous performance. It was so amazing that I drove the following night to Jacksonville, for my second GTLO show, ten years ago today. As for how it was that these concerts changed my life, I’ll save that story for another time.