Enjoy these ultra-rare exclusive live performances from Redbeard’s Dallas/Ft.Worth and Memphis afternoon radio shows between 1978-1998 ; live In The Studio performances from 1988-present ; and actual concert broadcasts produced by Redbeard .

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Jeffrey Gaines-The Hero in Me-Dallas Oct 1992

(cont)...In October 1992 , Jeffrey performed "The Hero in Me" live in a Dallas disco accompanied by four members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, with music charts arranged by me humming the string parts to a most-patient and bemused classical arranger .Like Oprah Winfrey would later do twenty years later when exiting her daily television show , Gaines reminds us, on this Memorial Day weekend on which Americans honor heroes, that the potential for valor resides in each of us , and requires only the sincere desire to serve others .-Redbeard

Steve Earle- Tennesse Blues- Dallas Sept 2007

In 1969 Bob Dylan went from New York City to Nashville Tennessee to make Nashville Skyline,  an album that fundamentally altered the courses of both rock'n'roll and country music. In 1986, young Texan Steve Earle went from Houston to Nashville for his debut Guitar Town,  which effectively had a similar influence on both musical worlds...

Sammy Hagar-Marching to Mars/One Way to Rock-Cabo San Lucas 5-97

Sammy Hagar live from Cabo Wabo Cantina with a smoking medley of "Marching to Mars/ There's Only One Way to Rock"... for his birthday (13th ) !

Lynyrd Skynyrd- Things Goin' On- acoustic 3-93 Dallas

Ronnie Van Zant was writing "back porch music", and Lynyrd Skynyrd was featuring it in their live set, a decade before MTV Unplugged made it trendy. Take a listen to "Things Goin' On", a song that appeared on the Pronounced  album over forty…

Steely Dan- Pretzel Logic 1991

Though technically not appearing as Steely Dan on the 1991 return to the stage of Donald Fagen, the New York Rock'n'Soul Revue   did include former Steely Dan background singer Michael McDonald, who sings the bridge part along with Fagen on…

Billy Joel-Only the Good Die Young reggae demo

Just for fun, check out this previously unreleased demo of Billy Joel leading his band through a reggae version of "Only the Good Die Young", no doubt in tribute to the popularity  of Bob Marley and the Wailers in 1977 when Billy Joel's The…

Billy Joel "New York State of Mind" UConn 12-76

This timeless 1976 performance of soon-to-be classic "New York State of Mind" serves as proof positive that, even before his 1977 blockbuster "The Stranger" brought him to mass popularity, Billy Joel was a terrific live entertainer with a superb band.

Neil Young-After the Goldrush 10-21-86- San Francisco

...on the Crosby Stills Nash sophomore release Déjà Vu, Neil Young only contributed two songs, no doubt saving even stronger material for his own third solo album barely five months later. Entitled After the Goldrush, writer William Ruhlmann calls the title song "...a mystical ballad that featured some of Young's most imaginative lyrics and became one of his most memorable songs."

Billy Joel-Get It Right the First Time-Nassau LI 12-77

For some reason this song never became memorable to me when the original studio recording was released in Fall 1977 on Billy Joel's The Stranger  album. Yet when I remastered the live version from the oft-bootlegged December 1977 concert at…

Rush-New World Man-1984

Believe me that the 1984 Rush Grace Under Pressure Tour was named appropriately, because on opening night in Albuqurque Geddy Lee was the epitome of exactly that, playing busy bass, electronic keyboards, organ pedals with his feet, and singing...all…

Elvis Saluted by John Hiatt-Tennessee Plates- 3-93 Dallas

Something appropriate for Elvis Week in Memphis ( when I lived there, the locals referred to it as "Death Week"  ). Big doings no doubt on Elvis Presley Boulevard for this fortieth anniversary. Now that Randy Newman has been inducted, here's…

Pink Floyd-Comfortably Numb-Knebworth 6-30-90

Practically all of the later headliner performances at the 1990 Knebworth Festival outside of London were plagued by the rain, but the hearty British spirit won the day both onstage and in the soaked crowd. Here is Pink Floyd soldiering through…

R.E.M.-These Days-Utrecht Holland 9-14-87

One of the most bootlegged bands in the world, R.E.M.  packaged the September 1987 Utrecht Holland full concert as a bonus disc on the  Document    anniversary deluxe edition. Listen loudly to prepare for R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, Peter Buck,…

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers-American Girl 40th Anniversary

This is more or less where it all started for those of us who missed Tom Petty's formative years in Mudcrutch in the clubs around Gainesville FL . It is a miracle that "American Girl" on the 1976 debut Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers   over…

Simple Minds- Sanctify Yourself- Sydney 12-7-12

If you look up the definition of "humble beginnings" in your rock'n'roll dictionary, what you could very well see is a black and white photo dated July 17, 1978 of local lads on the tiny stage of the Satellite Club in Glasgow Scotland, performing…