Hundreds of miles north of Miami, 38 Special’s home Jacksonville Florida is light years away culturally from its more glamorous and glitzy counterpart downstate. Jacksonville does not show up on many listings of American music meccas alongside New York City, Nashville, Chicago, Memphis, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle. But maybe it should. You see, […]
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From the 38 Special New Years Eve nationwide radio broadcast live from Memphis on 12/31/82. Original band member Jeff Carlisi provides blistering lead guitar on “Back Door Stranger“, the hit “Hold On Loosely“, and the finale rave up “I’ve Been a Mover“. –Redbeard
Performed live and broadcast nationwide New Year’s Eve 1982 from Memphis’ MidSouth Coliseum , which I was thrilled to host from radio station ROCK 103 ,here’s a smokin’ version of 38 Special’s “Back Door Stranger” .-Redbeard
38 Special live New Years Eve 1982 Memphis Mid-South Coliseum with“Wild-Eyed Southern Boys”
This is the conclusion of the two-part History of Southern Rock , a labor of love that captures the heart and soul of the musicians who long ago made it possible someday in 2018 to watch Chris Stapleton and Sturgill Simpson perform “Midnight Train to Memphis” on Saturday Night Live. Listen to the story from the […]
With the Allman Brothers Band forming in Daytona Beach and Lynyrd Skynyrd from the wrong side of Jacksonville, the state of Florida was Southern Rock Central in the mid-1970s, so any Stetson-wearing guitar-picking long-haired rock band in those parts was graded on a mighty steep curve. Such was the case for the Outlaws from Tampa […]
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I have interviewed literally hundreds of the greatest rock musicians , but George Thorogood is the only one who told me that he was planning to be a professional comedian , not a musician .
The late legendary ZZ Top manager and producer Bill Ham was an old-school former independent record promoter from Houston that could smell a hit from a thousand miles away – but he didn’t hear the band’s first and certainly most important hit back in 1973, and almost missed the breakthrough of what has become America’s […]
… long before she became a star as a solo performer; before she and her musical partner( then lover) Lindsey Buckingham helped to transform the British blues rock band Fleetwood Mac, Stephanie Lynn Nicks was living a real- life version of the Glass Menagerie.