This is my most autobiographical song to date. Why does a guy who has never lived in the South sound like a hillbilly sometimes? It is not an affectation, it is just the way my voice comes out on certain songs, can't help it, don't want to. The answer is in this song, it is in my blood. My father was from the deep South and though my birth parents gave me up as a baby, and it feels like something from them drives me home to the things I love, hill country music, old gospel tunes, and the lonesome sound of Appalachian singers and musicians. I feel at home there, and though my musical tastes are broad enough to include everyone from Mozart to John Coltrane, when I pick up my guitar, very often the echoes of my ancestors' lives and the old time religion that runs through the hills of Appalachia like gold through dirt. It comes pouring out of me in words and music, streams of consciousness that flow from somewhere I can't deny and would never want to.
About El Gato
Jesse "El Gato" Boden lives in Oregon. His life has been that of a gypsy and his guitar has been with him through it all. From The American West to Hawaii, India, Europe and all points in between, music has been his faithful companion.
El Gato's career as a pro musician stared in Hawaii. There, he enjoyed many years performing in fine venues throughout the Islands.
During his musical life, El Gato has shared the stage with many of the top musicians of Hawaii and elsewhere, opened for national touring acts, played for crowds of up to 25 thousand people in India, and most recently rocked late night bars and concert stages across America and recorded multiple albums as the harmonica cat for American swamp blues rockers The Budrows.
Currently, Jesse "El Gato" Boden is recording his second CD, a blues based followup to his Americana influenced album Scorpio Moon.