@Jerry All very valid points, RA doesn’t seem like someone you’d want to learn from in terms of interacting with others. Collaboration is so important, and particularly so in music – whether it’s working with producers, session musicians, or just others that you bounce ideas off of (at least from my estimates, translated from my growth as a scientist in a totally different field).
I also agree about the 2006–2007 Cardinals being so good. I have pretty much every show from that time period; I came in around 2004, but I feel like they really hit their stride at that point, and of course overlaps with when Neal really took off with them. In fact, in the past years, as I’ve gotten totally absorbed into the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Circles Around the Sun, and of course Neal’s albums, I wonder how much of my love of the Cardinals was the Cardinals, or just an extension of my love for Neal, but I digress.
I’m still a bit annoyed about RA’s tendency to talk up all these “masterpieces” that are just hanging out on some shelf somewhere (Blackhole, Suicide Handbook fully arranged, 48 Hrs, same thing, etc) and then they never come out. Since about 2010 or so I stopped believing anything he says about those things, and I’m not even convinced Blackhole really exists anymore, even though apparently Mandy heard it.
I suppose he’s still got a few bridges to burn; at least if you believe that he’s still friends with Don Was, Benmont Tench, etc, who still follow him on Instagram, if that means anything.
@thebalvenie agreed, I’ll let the RA stuff play if it comes up, but I don’t seek it out. I will admit I still play English Girls on the guitar now and again; that riff is just so damn good it’s basically just stuck in my fingers I suppose. Though I’ve mostly supplanted RA songs with Bruce songs in the past year or so.