James Ottohas a lot to be thankful for this year - new album, new single climbing the country music charts and a beautiful baby girl. He will be giving thanks this year in New York City as he joins his musical hero, country music legend Ronnie Milsap, and the critically acclaimed hip-hop group The Roots for a soulful performance on NBCs Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Thanksgiving Day. This intriguing musical match-up will be performing Otto’s tune Good Things Gone Bad which brings out the old-school R&B grit in his powerhouse voice and is from his current album, Shake What God Gave Ya, produced by Paul Worley (Big & Rich, Lady Antebellum, The Dixie Chicks). Be sure to tune in to your local NBC affiliate on Thursday November 25 at 12:35pm Eastern Time to catch this incredible performance.
Otto wrote Good Things Gone Bad with friends Jon Nicholson, James LeBlanc and Gary Nicholson while down in Muscle Shoals, AL. Sitting in an office looking at some pictures of Otis Redding, Otto picked up a guitar to play that caught his eye and it was one Otis used to play. It struck a mood for them, and then the groove started happening. The song flowed from there.
I always thought Ronnie Milsap would be the perfect guy to sing on this song and luckily he was into it, Otto beams. He came in and just sang his butt off and told musical stories all day long. It definitely was one of the greatest moments in my career, because I got to sit with one of my heroes and hear him sing one of my songs. Otto adds, It was a raise-the-hair-on-your-arms moment. And now, to be able to perform with him on Fallon is unbelievable! Im incredibly thankful and humbled by this honor. This is one Thanksgiving I will never forget.