Entries by Red Beard

Johnny Winter, Texas Guitar Legend, Passes Away on Tour

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, […]

The Cars- Candy O- Ric Ocasek, Greg Hawkes

By the July 4th 1979 holiday, a scant fourteen months after The Cars‘ debut album had surprised all but a handful of early adopters around their Boston assembly line, all eyes and ears were trained upon the quintet’s next model, Candy O.  The consensus that The Cars’ debut was one of the strongest first efforts […]

Tom Cochrane-Calling America-Dallas 1989

Leave it to the Man from Manitoba, Tom Cochrane, to use his vantage point from America’s northern neighbor to take an impassioned, affectionate, yet unflinching look at a post-Reagan US in this stripped down 1989 live performance of “Calling America” in a Dallas Mexican restaurant. Tom is supported impressively by tasty electric guitarist Peter Mueller. […]

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Eric Johnson-Europe Live

The kind of gushing, jaw-dropping reaction to Austin guitarist/ singer/ songwriter Eric Johnson has been pretty much consistent since he started attracting heady praise in the mi-1970s as guitarist in the Electromagnets. By 1980 Eric Johnson was already developing an almost mythical reputation as a spectacular player, enough to garner the cover story of Guitar […]

Todd Rundgren Utopia-Road to Utopia-Caravan-Boston 11-79

He celebrated a birthday over the weekend, but Todd Rundgren had one of the strongest live bands, Utopia, working in 1979 when this Boston gig was broadcast nationwide on the eve of Thanksgiving. Here’s a medley of “The Road to Utopia/ Caravan” originally found on Adventures in Utopia.  

Cult-Love-Electric-Sonic Temple-Billy Duffy 9-’87

By the time The Cult‘s  Sonic Temple  came out twenty-five years ago, I would have bet my last dollar that this British hard-rocking four piece led by trippy full-throated singer Ian Astbury and ripping guitarist Billy Duffy was going to be hugely popular into the next decade. After all, The Cult had just completed a […]

Ann Wilson- Hope and Glory 2007

On Ann Wilson‘s birthday, here is a present from her : a highly personal solo album of carefully chosen covers, Hope and Glory,  at a time when US wars were raging in two separate countries with no end in sight. And the “A” guest list of performers with whom Ann duets  include no less than […]

Charlie Sexton-Wishing Tree-Dallas May 1995

Austin Texas-based musician Charlie Sexton‘s career arc resembles more an electrocardiogram, with stops as a Bob Dylan protege, solo in the mid-’80s, then the probably too-good-to-last Arcangels with Double Trouble’s Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon, plus Eric Clapton acolyte Doyle Bramhall II. But Charlie Sexton can write and sing with just the most basic of accompaniment […]

Steve Earle- Copperhead Road- Dallas 1988

In 1988 Texan Steve Earle and I were sitting by the pool on the patio of Dallas’ former Greenville Avenue Country Club bar/ restaurant when he put this acoustic guitar with the huge sound on his knee and belted out “Copperhead Road”, his five minute movie-in-your-mind. – Redbeard Steve Earle in 1987 (right), and with […]

Crosby, Stills, and Nash- David, Stephen, Graham

Graham Nash tells several back stories about the formation of Crosby, Stills, and Nash and that legendary 1969 debut in his entertaining autobiography Wild Tales. Regarding their unique triad harmonies first displayed in such Hall of Fame classics as “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”, “You Don’t Have to Cry”, “Wooden Ships”,”Guinevere”, and “Marrakesh Express”, Graham was […]