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Interview:
Eddie Money Trying His Hand At Country, Musical
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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We’re used to his offer of “Two Tickets to Paradise” each May at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, but this year Eddie Money has a few more things “Shakin’” than usual.

The 59-year-old singer — born Eddie Mahoney in New York — has become the latest rocker to hear the siren song of the country market.

Money has been in Nashville recording countrified versions of his songs with producer John Ford Coley for an album on Big 7 Records. He’s already released a version of “Gimme Some Water” from 1978’s “Life For the Taking” album, as an online single, with Vince Gill guesting.

“(Gill) is a lot of fun,” Money says. “He’s a big Eddie Money fan. I’m trying to get the money together to do a video, ‘cause I think ‘Gimme Some Water,’ with the hangman’s noose and the horses and everything, would make a great video.”

Money and Coley have also recorded new versions of “Two Tickets to Paradise,” “So Cold Tonight” and “Hard Life.” He hopes to record at least four more songs back in Nashville soon and get the album out some time this year. But he’s proceeding cautiously into the country market.

“To me, it’s whichever way the wind blows,” says Money, who’s last hit was 1992’s “Fall in Love Again” and last year released a covers album called “Wanna Go Back.”

“I’d feel like a real phony if I said I was a cowboy. I know nothing about being a cowboy, so why put on a cowboy hat. But I sing country really well. I was in country back in 1971, when my probation officer wouldn’t let me do rock.”

Money — whose daughter, Jesse, was featured on MTV’s “Rock the Cradle” this year — is also shopping a musical he’s written called “Two Tickets to Paradise,” which features both existing songs and “five or six really Broadwaytype songs. He’s currently talking to producers in the San Francisco Bay Area about taking it to the stage.

And on his own stages this year, he’s revisiting his 1982 album “No Control,” a platinum effort that spawned the hit singles “Shakin’” and “Think I’m in Love,” playing the set in its entirety.

“A lot of groups are starting to perform their albums cover to cover,” Money explains. “(‘No Control’) was a great record. There’s great songs on it, and it’s a challenge for me.”



Eddie Money and Impossible Tuesday perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday (May 23) at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Tickets are $34.50 pavilion, $10 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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