In The Studio: Classic Rock Interview

These are the interviews from the most recent editions of the weekly national radio broadcast of In The Studio .

AC/DC- Highway to Hell- Angus Young, Malcolm Young

A decade before Guns’n’Roses MTV videos made tattoos into a fashion statement, I met AC/DC singer/ lyricist Bon Scott at my Memphis radio station ROCK 103 in late September 1979. Bon’s generous body art and ear studs, plus his affable demeanor, made Scott appear less like a rock singer and more like a...
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Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble In Step with Rock Hall of Fame

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble‘s Tommy Shannon and Chris Layton will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Spring 2015. Congratulations to Chris, Tommy, Stevie’s big brother Jimmie Vaughan, and the family and friends of SRV songwriter the late Doyle Bramhall. If you run the numbers of the...
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Kinks-Low Budget 35th Anniversary-Ray Davies

The Kinks were probably a lock for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction for their British Invasion Sixties output alone, but the middle 1970s were tough going for them until reclaiming their rock bona fides with a trifecta of revitalized rock on 1977’s Sleepwalker, 1978’s Misfits, and their biggest seller ever, Low...
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Don Henley-The End of the Innocence

The evening before my first interview with him was scheduled to occur regarding his third solo album The End of the Innocence, Don Henley wanted to check me out. You see, Henley doesn’t suffer fools lightly, and now that I’ve lived for more than 30 years among the rural Northeast Texas hard-scrabble ranchers...
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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...
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Soundgarden- Superunknown- Chris Cornell

When it came time for Soundgarden to enter the studio in 1993, the song stash was empty, a daunting creative challenge to main songwriter Chris Cornell. All of the ripe musical fruit had been harvested for the series of singles,  EPs, and three  albums including Badmotorfinger, but Chris found the un-tilled earth liberating...
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Crosby, Stills, & Nash 45th Anniversary-David, Stephen, Graham

Graham Nash tells several back stories about the formation of Crosby, Stills, and Nash and that legendary debut forty-five years ago 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...
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Led Zeppelin I-II-III Deluxe Editions-Jimmy Page-Robert Plant-John Paul Jones

There has been considerable buzz in the rock music world ever since Jimmy Page, the brilliantly gifted architect of the Led Zeppelin sound since it was unleashed forty-five years ago, announced that he was personally overseeing a comprehensive updating of the entire Led Zeppelin catalog as deluxe editions with remastered sound, new twenty-first...
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Steely Dan-Aja-Donald Fagen, Walter Becker

Those two purveyors of progressive pop, rock, and jazz in Steely Dan, singer/piano player Donald Fagen and guitarist Walter Becker,  discuss  Aja,  such a high water mark in latter day 20th century music that Rolling Stone magazine ranks Aja at #145 on their Top 500 Albums of All Time.       July...
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