One of my secret weapons at making ROCK 103 the top-rated radio station in Memphis from 1980 through 1983 was the friendship that developed with the late legendary John Fry and his wonderfully talented staff at the world-renowned Ardent Studios nearby. As it turned out, one of my personal favorite bands, Houston-based ZZ Top, had […]
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Happy birthday to the Cyclone of Tone, Billy Gibbons (16th) !
There has been a flurry of news coming from the Texas twisted world of ZZ Top in the last week and it’s all good. First, bass player/ singer Dusty Hill has recuperated sufficiently from a nasty backstage fall in the Spring to rejoin the band for some very high-profile gigs in the UK and Europe […]
Happy birthday Reverend Willy G ! (16th)
In 2013 Black Sabbath made headlines once again with their first album in over forty years to debut at the top of the album sales chart with 13 . Now the first three Black Sabbath albums are being re-released on vinyl with bonus tracks on the anniversary of Paranoid‘s US release in 1971. Here’s […]
Thanks to Spotify‘s terrific depth, it was as easy as barbeque ribs sliding off the bone to assemble this rock’n’soul playlist of the greatest rockers like the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Bob Seger, Creedence Clearwater Revival, ZZ Top, and twenty-five more all paying tribute to Detroit’s Motown and Memphis’ Stax African-American musical giants, presented to commemorate American […]
Redbeard rocks the solar eclipse with this custom playlist!
…(cont) Humble Pie the full fiery amalgam was unleashed of Small Faces veteran Steve Marriot’s megawatt blue-eyed soul voice , the thundering rhythm section of ex-Spooky Tooth bass player Greg Ridley and drummer Jerry Shirley, with the melodic lyrical lead guitar of a teenage Peter Frampton . Frampton and Shirley join me In The Studio for this classic rock interview.
With the press announcement that the Black Crowes have officially flown the coop for good, here is a musical reminder of earlier but no less notorious times, such as when the band got thrown off the 1990 ZZ TOP tour for lead singer Chris Robinson dissing the Texas trio’s corporate beer sponsor. Or (staying with […]
It is with sadness that we confirm the death of Beaumont, Texas legendary blues rock guitarist/ singer/ songwriter Johnny Winter while on tour in Austria. Here at In the Studio, we had obtained Johnny Winter’s still unreleased impressive next album Step Back which became a guitar summit meeting featuring Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons, Joe Perry, […]