|Steve Poltz and Darryl McDaniels|
|Shawn Rohlf, Kellogg Boynton, Darryl McDaniels|
"I’ve been performing and touring with Steve Poltz for about the last 5 years and have performed with his former folk-punk band, The Rugburns, in their reunion shows. One of their popular songs from the 90s was called Football Tonight. After Hank Jr. got the boot from ESPN earlier this year, disc jockey Mike Halloran (94.9 FM and 91X) talked Steve into re-writing a version of the track to be pitched to ESPN as the new Monday Night Football song. Steve called me and asked if I could help produce the track and Mike would arrange to bring Darryl McDaniels (a.k.a. DMC from rap pioneers RUN DMC) to do a rap segment in the middle. We recorded the basic tracks in one session with Steve on vocals and acoustic guitar, Rugburn “Stinky” on drums and myself playing bass, acoustic and electric guitars and Hammond B3 organ. Hunter Levy was our engineer for the basics session and Kellogg engineered and mastered the track on the second day. The following day DMC came in and did the rap section in the middle. This was a huge thrill for of all of us as he was so enthusiastic and such a down to earth guy! His driver later told us that in the car after they left, DMC said that was the most fun he’s had in the studio in 20 years. Now we’re all hoping ESPN will catch on to the magic that we created in those two days here at Studio West!"
Listen to the track here.
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