Houston based Richard Cagle and the Voodoo Choir spent
some time recently in the top 100 on the Denmark Blues Music Chart with
their song “ You Got The Shake” from the CD “Texas Voodoo Blues”. The
concept and development of the CD “Texas Voodoo Blues” is an amazing
story that I would like to share…
I have known Richard Cagle for over twenty years. The following is how
Richard described the concept and development of his debut CD to me on a
recent visit to his favorite Houston pub – where he can be found every
Thursday evening without fail.
“I knew I wanted to produce a Blues album, but instead of putting
together a band, writing the songs, rehearsing and then recording, I
wanted to do it all at once. I wanted it to be a true Zen moment. I
invited some of the best musicians in Houston to join me in this
adventure. The simple concept for each session was; four of us walk into
my garage studio without knowing what we were going to play. “Abandoning
thoughts of yesterday or tomorrow and concentrating only on what happens
NOW – truly living in the moment”. In many of the sessions, the players
had never met each other or ever played together. We wrote the songs on
the spot - then turned on the recorder to capture the results. Streaming
our parts is the best way to describe it. Each of the songs on this
album took an average of two and a half hours to write and record. After
the initial songs were written and recorded, I brought in Rick Thompson
to play keys on all of them, Gary Sapone played Harmonica on two of the
tunes, James Hoover replaced my bass on Uptown/Downtown, and Gideon
Cheshire helped me fine tune the lyrics. I’m proud of the outcome of
this project and I hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed
creating it. The Blues is all about feeling, and on this project, we all
poured our hearts into it.” - Richard Cagle.
You may not be familiar with Richard Cagle but quite a few folks in
the Houston music community know the artists he's worked with to help
develop their career. Produced and recorded Carolyn Wonderland's
first and second album. Won Producer of the Year (Houston Press/KLOL
Music Awards) for Carolyn's 2nd album "Truckstop Favorites Vol. 2" While
managing her, Carolyn signed with Warner Chappell, William Morris and
was offered a major recording deal with Giant Records.
Recorded dead horse's "Demo90" that got them signed to their first
record deal and managed them a few years later. Recorded Soilent
Green's (New Orleans) first and second albums that got them signed.
Recorded Uncle John Tuner and Johnny Winter, Academy Black, Dirt,
Produced and recorded Joe "King" Carrasco, Simpleton, Lee Alexander,
Carrie Ann and the Apocalyptics, L.L. Cooper, Voices of a Red God.
Recorded and managed Dive, the Jinkies, Under the Sun, Rosebud, and Clay
Farmer. Went into partnership with Skip Rudsenske and Greg Pitzer to
open the "Artist Management Group" and"The Urban Art Bar".
Currently co-owner of "Montrose Records" and manages Pasadena Napalm
Division, (made up from members of DRI and dead horse).
Raised in Panhandle of Texas in the small town of Dumas. Started first
band "Shades of Time" with Joe "King" Carrasco (Teusch) in the seventh
grade. (FYI Tommy Shannon also came from Dumas.)
Moved to Baytown in 1967 and join the "Nomads". During high school and
college knocked around with numerous bands and finally settled into "Big
Family" with Heli Joe Martinez in the mid 70s playing regionally. First
recording experiences came at this time over at Nashville Sounds Studio.
The demos we're produced by Sey Steadum a DJ @ KAUM and Leonard List @
Late 70s got married and started a family. The music dreams stopped but
not the spirit. Started learning recording engineering in 1987 and
opened Saturn Productions Studio in Baytown and a few years later, moved
into Houston across the street from the Movie Studio (Houston Studios)
in the warehouse district. Lost the studio in 1993 due to the building's
owner being foreclosed on, and started managing Carolyn…