"So, tomorrow, my first single in over a decade will be available everywhere. Throughout this layoff, there's been pain, self-sabotage, tears, missed opportunities, waiting, more waiting, distrust, frustration, salvation, hard work, love, setbacks, and finally, the blessing to make the album of my dream," LA-based "Ho-Wop" crooner Eamon wrote within a heart-felt Facebook post this past Thursday afternoon. "Be My Girl" is Eamon's first single in over a decade, his first since "(How Could You) Bring Him Home?" from his 2006 sophomore album, Love & Pain. Many of you, much like myself, may remember Eamon from his break-out hit for Jive Records, "F**k It (I Don't Want You Back)" released back in 2006, which I believe was one of the first radio hits I had ever heard with a [bleeped out] curse word. "I'm back with a hunger like I haven't had since I was a 10-year-old kid singing with my father and the boys. Take this ride with me, as I tell my story to the world again, both musically and personally. If you feel the music, buy it, stream it, share it EVERYWHERE. This single is Ch. 1 of an album I poured my life into. "BE MY GIRL" available tomorrow, April 7th. Much, much love," Eamon wrote, simply signed E. Golden Rail Motel co-producer, multi-instrumentalist, and co-writer Dan Ubick of The Lions, Connie Price & The Keystones, and Breakestra was hooked up with Eamon through Now-Again founder and record enthusiast Egon. Golden Rail Motel was mixed by fellow Lion and Alicia Keys, Fitz & The Tantrums, and Mayer Hawthorne collaborator Steve Kaye at SunKing Studios and was then, mastered by J Dilla, Isaac Hayes, Silversun Pickups, and MADVILLAIN collaborator Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters.
"Be My Girl" was co-produced by Eamon, Stoupe, Dan Ubick & Snipe Young, music for which was recorded at Ubick's Topanga-based The Lion's Den studio with Connie Price & The Keystones players and affiliates Jordan Katz (De La Soul, Big Daddy Kane) and James King (Fitz & The Tantrums) on horns, Dan Hastie (also from Orgōne) on piano, Dave Wilder (also Macy Gray, The Lions & Ziggy Marley) on bass, and Jake Najor (Big Daddy Kane.) Dan "Connie Price" Ubick himself played guitar, Hammond B3 Organ, and tambourine on "Be My Girl" and additionally co-wrote "a good handful of songs" to be included within Eamon's long-awaited Golden Rail Motel—formerly credited to Eamon & The Phantom. Dan Ubick sites his "knowledge of 60's and early 70's Soul records" as his contribution to Golden Rail Motel and timeless songs like The Purify Brothers' "I'm Your Puppet" and The Four Tops' "Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever" as production benchmarks for the blend he was aiming for on "Be My Girl;" best described by Ubick himself as "a blend of heart-felt melodies and changes, but with a tough drum part and bassline." "Be My Girl"'s companion music video was shot throughout Vinnie Paz's hometown of South Philly in early 2017. It features Eamon strolling through the city streets pouring his heart out skillfully inter-cut with footage from the early 1970's showing the family of one "Be My Girl"'s co-producers, Kevin "Stoupe" Baldwin and is dedicated to his mother, Lorraine Baldwin, who recently passed away from cancer. Eamon's Golden Rail Motel is expected to be released sometime during the second half of 2017 on Huey Ave. Music and Paz's Enemy Soil.