Cadillac Assembly Line
95 North Records, the label I was on at the time, called me and said they were making a Cadillac compilation album and asked me to submit a song for it.
I asked how soon they needed it - they said like a week or ten days(!). I got a hold of the guys in the rhythm section from the blues jam at the Blue Goose in St. Clair Shores, and we proceeded to The Jazz Room in Detroit.
I picked the Albert King classic, Cadillac Assembly Line. I wanted to do a more uptempo version and throw in a quotation from Marvvin Gaye's Inner City Blues on the outro.
I hadn't been planning to play slide on this one, but as it happened I had to get stitches in my left ring finger that week following a bookshelf mishap ( I know, it sounds suspicious).
Anyway, I turned it in to the label in time. They got back to me and told me my song had "made the cut". I hadn't known there was a cut to be made; otherwise I may not have invested the dough!
It was definitely a highlight to be included on an album with some of my heroes like Charllie Musselwhite, Jimmy Hall and Little Milton. All's well that ends well.