A U.S. soldier serving in Afghanistan, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Tom Mix, has written the lyrics for the next single by British classic rock band Foghat.
"There is no excitement that can compare to co-writing a song with a supergroup like Foghat, and having that song released as a single," Mix said in a statement.
The band – best known for the hits "Slow Ride" and "Fool For the City" – launched a contest last year for fans to write lyrics for their instrumental track "495 Boogie," from their 2010 CD Last Train Home. After receiving a pile of submissions, Foghat reduced the list to three, then posted the lyrics on their website for their fans to vote for their favorite. Phil Dessinger's "The World of Rock N’ Roll," won first place and the band released the song July 9, 2013.
But because the contest was so close, Foghat decided to record Mix's "Boogie Train" as well; they also shot a video for the song. "Boogie Train" will be available for download starting March 25.
Mix started writing "Boogie Train" in high school when he found out about the contest, and finished it after his second tour of duty in Iraq. "[I] hooked up with a fellow soldier who is an awesome guitar player, Shawn Keeter, and while in Iraq we just started knocking out songs," Mix said. "We got back home and I found [Nashville producer] Kim Copeland to help us get our songs presentable as demos."
Mix is currently in Afghanistan working on a Warrior Transition Unit, where he helps injured soldiers recuperate and return to duty or transition to civilian life. "It is a concept to hopefully keep the Iraqi and Afghanistan Vets off the streets when all this is over," Mix said.
Foghat will donate most of the proceeds for "Boogie Train" to a Wounded Warrior charity. The band will contribute the rest to an organization Mix chose called Fishing For Freedom. "We asked what Tom thought," Foghat drummer Roger Earl said. "Since he is an avid fisherman, and so am I, he came up with Fishing for Freedom."
The charity teams volunteer boaters with veterans for a day of tournament bass fishing. "I like that idea,” said Earl. "I have always found solace with a pole in my hand. Everyday worries kinda go away or are put on the back burner when you are fishing. And I would love to go fishing with some of these folks."