Foghat has always been a people’s band. And thanks to the explosion of social media, Foghat has made it a point to get their fans involved in the creative process. Case in point, inviting fans to enter a song writing contest to add lyrics to a new Foghat instrumental!
The band has remained a classic rock radio staple since the early 1970’s, due to such anthems as “I Just Want To Make Love To You”, “Slow Ride” and “Fool for the City” and such classic albums as the double platinum certified ‘Foghat Live.’ They held a contest last year asking fans to add lyrics to their one and only all-instrumental tune, “495 Boogie,” from their latest 2010 CD, ‘Last Train Home.’ The contest entries were narrowed down to the final three and then put up for voting by the fans. The first place winner, Phil Dessinger wrote a song dubbed “THE WORD OF ROCK N’ ROLL,” which was released on July 9, 2013.
The contest was very close so the band has decided to release ‘BOOGIE TRAIN’ the 2nd place winner on March 25, 2014. These terrific lyrics just happened to be written by a gentleman named Chief Warrant Officer 4 Tom Mix. Tom wrote the lyrics while deployed in Afghanistan as a MARSS B300 pilot in B Co Task Force ODIN. (ODIN stands for Observe, Detect, Identify, and Neutralize). He had previously been deployed to Iraq twice – MEDEVAC pilot in 06-07 and Brigade Safety in 10-11
Tom Mix started writing lyrics while in high school but really never did anything with them. According to Tom “I was redeployed to Iraq for a second tour in 2010 and hooked up with a fellow soldier who is an awesome guitar player, Shawn Keeter, and while in Iraq we just started knocking out songs. We got back home and I found [Nashville producer] Kim Copeland to help us get our songs presentable as demos, and I haven’t stopped writing since. But there is no excitement that can compare to co-writing a song with a super group like Foghat, and having that song released as a single.”
Tom is currently in a ‘Warrior Transition Unit’. According to Tom “When the wars kicked off, they created these (Units) for wounded or injured soldiers to recuperate and return to duty or to be able to transition to civilian life once found to be unfit for duty by a ‘Medical Evaluation Board.’ It is a concept to hopefully keep the Iraqi and Afghanistan Vets off the streets when all this is over. These units are attached to and under the command of a hospital unit. The job of the soldier while in a WTU is to get well, and they are a priority at the attached hospital. They work hand in hand with the Veterans Affairs and Social Security Administration to see that Vets coming off active duty never miss a pay check if found unfit for duty. They also work with volunteer organizations to get the Vets retrained and employable.
As stated by Roger Earl of Foghat. “We decided to donate the proceeds of this digital single to a Wounded Warrior cause as a thank you to the great men and women who have sacrificed so much for us. But since these releases don’t generate a lot of $$ we wanted something more personal to be able to give even just a couple of folks a day of escape. So we asked Tom what he thought, and since he is an avid fisherman and so am I, he came up with ‘Fishing for Freedom’.”
FISHING FOR FREEDOM is an organization that brings together warriors with volunteer boaters for a day of tournament bass fishing in a relaxed fun-filled celebration in the great outdoors. It gives our returning warriors some time on the water to escape the hardships of their wounds and numerous combat deployments and to begin the process of readjusting back to everyday life.
“I LIKE THAT IDEA! says Earl. I have always found solace with a pole in my hand. Everyday worries kinda go away or are put on the back burner when you are fishing. And I would love to go fishing with some of these folks!”
Foghat (comprised of Earl on drums, Craig MacGregor on Bass, Bryan Bassett on Lead/Slide Guitar and Charlie Huhn on Vocals & Rhythm guitar) continues to rock hard to this day, as evidenced in their endless touring and many recent projects. These include their 2010 album ‘Last Train Home’, two new singles ‘The Word of Rock and Roll’ (2013) and ‘Winter Wonderland” instrumental (2013), their latest DVD release “Live In St. Pete” and the soon-to-be classic ‘Boogie Train’(2014). ‘Boogie Train’ will be available on Amazon, I-Tunes, CD Baby, and all of the favorite download sites.
Linda Arcello Earl