In 2005, I was totally focused on keeping Papa Grows Funk together after Hurricane Katrina. There was grave uncertainty about the future of New Orleans as a city. I made a commitment to the guys that we would keep working and find a way through the worst scenario New Orleans had ever faced.

PGF released 3 records and did a lot of touring over the next years, and I was spending more time on the business rather than the music. I felt more like a business owner than a musician.

Once PGF disbanded, I was able to get away from the business of music and found myself falling in love with music all over again. I started writing music again, eventually having enough material to make a recording.

Luckily, I was not in a rush and took my time writing and recording “River’s on Fire”. I felt I was able to hone in on what I loved about music and put that into this record. It feels good to be excited about music again.