“‘Pedal to the Metal’ is an expression on the importance of persistence in my life,” the singer-songwriter and guitarist exclusively tells PEOPLE of the track. “It could have been called ‘Never Give Up.'”[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/312215928" params="visual=true&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%" height="450" iframe="true" /]
The New Mexico native, who has been blind since birth, has released eight albums since 1999. His ambition endures in the bold Bad Ass and Blind, the title being a description of its maker, endorsed by soul icon Bill Withers.
After performing as a featured artist in Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour, Midón tapped some of his fellow Monterey players to form a band for several songs. The tour de force title track celebrates Midón’s blindness with a ripping guitar solo, a fierce spoken word rhyme and thundering rhythms.
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