Cathy Richardson: Jefferson Starship - Big Brother and the Holding Company - Page 6
I want to talk to you about the new band. You're getting ready to go on tour. You've also got dates coming up with Jefferson Starship. But you have started a new band, you guys released an album in 2010, right? The band is called the Macrodots, am I saying that right?
Yes. Macrodots. Yes.
And the album is called The Other Side and that came out in 2010. When I first found out you were with Jefferson Starship I started looking at your website and I'm like, she's got these two bands... and you've got a super group!
I'm gonna let you explain who that is and everything. A little bit closer to our generation. Tell me a little bit about this band that you are running with now... this band of hoodlums. Go ahead. (laughing)
All right. I was doing Love, Janis in San Francisco, as I mentioned. I had moved out there. And I was introduced to Zack Smith, who was the guitarist in the band Scandal with Patty Smyth. And Zack, he hasn't been doing Scandal for many years, but he's a producer and a song writer and very successful. So he came to see me in Love, Janis and was like, we've gotta work together. He listened to my solo stuff and he was like, "Your songs are really great, but I just think that if you went with a harder sound, something a little more contemporary, we could really make something with this."
So, we started writing together, over the course of three years because I was on the road a lot with Big Brother and Jefferson Starship. We wrote about 20 songs and ended up picking the best, I guess it's 11. And we made this record, The Other Side.
The Macrodots is really me and Zack. And we've surrounded ourselves with amazing musicians, a lot of them cross over into my other project which I call Cathy Richardson Band. But right now we have Steve Gillis from Filter on the drums, when we play on the west coast we have Donny Baldwin from Jefferson Starship.
Jude Gold who is one of the most amazing, under-rated guitarists in the world, I think. He's a Bay area guy, but he lives out in L.A. now. He is the Director of GI, Guitar Institute. It's part of MI (Musicians Institute), a very prestigious music school. He also is the Editor of Guitar Player magazine. You know, he played in JGB (Jerry Garcia Band) after Jerry died... He's just this unsung hero of the guitar and I'm so blessed and lucky to have him.Continued on the next page