Lagniappe (la ·gniappe) noun ‘lan-ˌyap,’ — 1. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. 2. Something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus.
On the heels of his superb new album, Caravan, Cactus Lee’s Kevin Dehan returns for his second Lagniappe Session fresh in the air of a newer, bigger, more boogieing climate. On this outing, Dehan and some sacred personnel lay their slick, soulful style down on renditions of the glossy, top ten pop of mid-80’s Christine McVie, Butthole Surfers’ absurdist punk, and a rootsy glam-jam from the Dead.
This first song is called “Got A Hold On Me” by Christine McVie. If I’m not mistaken she wrote this song. No one usually knows it when I cover it live, so there’s the trick of playing a cover and then people think you wrote it. I don’t do that trick, and I don’t recommend anyone to do that. I sang this song for five months in my truck over and over, and my daughter had to listen to it. The band on these recordings is Russell Hymowitz on bass, Jon Catfish DeLorme on steel and Adam Amram on drums. It needs to be said, and I must say thank you to these guys.
The second song is by Butthole Surfers. They’re from Texas and I’m from Texas. It’s “TV Star” — probably about Christina Applegate, rumors have been running wild. I think Mike Bova or Carson pulled this cover into the band early on, and it has stuck. Shout out to Gibby Haynes as he probably wrote this? Not sure. And King Coffey lived across the street from me once, that’s my story.
This third and final song is called “West LA Fadeaway” by Grateful Dead. I can talk about Lee Baggett here because he jumps in on lead guitar on this version. He’s from Olympia, I think, or somewhere in the woods out there, but he’s a magical motherfucker. We played two shows together on tour and Lee came up to hit licks on this one, so it only seemed right to get him on the version. Big shout out to Lee and his crew, what a great honest genuine group. This song is long.