Keith’s collaboration with Pitbull, “Sun Don’t Let Me Down,” is one of the most outlandish concepts on Ripcord, but it started with a casual jam session like many others. This one just happened to be with disco legend Nile Rodgers, lasting almost six hours.
“There was a groove happening,” Keith says, deftly strumming his acoustic guitar. Then he turns around and picks up his ganjo (a six-stringed banjo tuned like a guitar), starts stomping his foot and racing through a melody line.
“Everything started to build on top of it, and then this thing sort of happens in the middle of that riff there. Everything just started to gel and the melody came out, and before we knew it I was humming. I always record stuff I’ve got my phone to capture all the gibberish and stuff –and it sounded like I was saying ‘Sun don’t let me down.’ I didn’t know what that meant, but it sounds like that’s what was being said, so you write it down and you go ‘Hmm, well maybe that would mean like not wanting the sun to come up? Like stay right where you are, I need a few more hours to seal the deal with this girl. I need a little more moonlight.’ The playfulness of all that really appealed to me.”