I had to take a step back for this one. Wow, can’t believe the first time we filmed these dudes was in Jam Van 1.0. That’s kind of like a long time ago at this point, and that’s kind of like crazy. It would take all day and then some to describe everything that has happened between the first van and now. So many people, so many places, so many good times, so many bad times. It’s been a really wild ride, and looking back on Honey Island Swamp Band’s first session is a trip. Because there’s the old futon that I hated when the DP forgot to cover it up cause it was so ugly, and there’s the old blue velvet on the walls and ceiling that I made myself sick from glue fumes putting up in my backyard for a week. It’s a trip man, how far we’ve come and what we’ve gone through. I wish I could say it was all as cool and enjoyable as it must look in the videos, but it has not been.

It’s great though, the feeling of having a group come back and see how much we’ve grown. The damn walls used to rattle like they were about to fall off when we drove on the highway, now they expand mechanically. We ripped out the guts of Jam Van 1.0, pretty much just myself, some buddies and a couple of crow bars. It was no doubt a mess and we screwed up a lot of electrical stuff, etc.. So Jam Van 3.0 is a professional job, no more messing around. Sure it’s a little more serious now than it used to be, but the fun is still there, and the music is only getting better. Hell, this new baby is so big we could fit a whole damn orchestra, but we’ll start small with a swamp band…