The story behind the Bonus track.
As we were nearing the end of the production phase of this project, it occurred to me that although I was so lucky to have Ray playing on half of the songs, I didn’t really feel that the full nature of his talent was being demonstrated. I asked him if he would like to contribute a Bonus Track which really showcased his talent. As far as I was concerned, Ray was the ‘bonus’.
He refused on the grounds that this was my project and I should be showcased. Every so often I would raise the question again and each time I would get either the same answer or… no answer. Then one day while I was listening to one of his solo CDs, “Squirrely Moves” that had been released in 1999, I heard a song that was not only outstanding from a performance perspective but… it echoed many of the stylistic directions that we had taken on the project. I really thought it would fit into this project so well and would draw some attention to his remarkable ability.
Whether I just ‘wore him down’ or finally convinced him that this song ‘belonged’ on the CD… he finally agreed. Yahoo! So now we have a Bonus Track … and what a bonus!
“Panhandle Rag” was written in 1949 by Leon McAuliffe. Ray plays every instrument on this song, as well as recording and engineering it. I hope more people come to know and support his music.