In The Studio Archives: Medium Rare


Rare musician interviews by Redbeard not part of the weekly radio series .

Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute 8-27-90

It has been twenty-five years since we lost our pride and joy. We pause to remember this week. Please remember all of the other souls who perished along with Stevie Ray Vaughan in that helicopter crash which stole so many too soon. –Redbeard...
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Traffic- John Barleycorn Must Die 45th Anniversary- Steve Winwood

Contrary to what their publicists would have you believe, bands rarely break up over”musical differences”. Of course the band members must share enough musical common ground to establish and sustain a creative dialogue, but equally importantly it is  crucial that the personalities must complement one another, not unlike a successful marriage. But try...
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Creedence Clearwater Revival-Cosmo’s Factory 45th Anniversary-John Fogerty

On the eve of his highly-anticipated autobiography Fortunate Son, Hall of Fame American music legend John Fogerty returns In the Studio for the 45th anniversary of the timeless iconic album by Creedence Clearwater Revival Cosmo’s Factory. This was miraculously the fourth full CCR album in only eighteen months, yet nevertheless singer/ songwriter/ lead...
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Pat Benatar- Crimes of Passion 35th Anniversary- Pat, Neil Giraldo

The first time I interviewed Pat Benatar, she was very wary of me and visibly uncomfortable. It didn’t take long to understand why: Rolling Stone’s Encyclopedia of Rock’n’Roll states unequivocally in its opening line, “Pat Benatar was the most successful female rocker of the 1980s.” What should be added is that she was...
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Grand Funk Railroad-Closer to Home 45th Anniversary-Mark Farner

Ironic then that this "underground radio" raw , gritty , electrified three-man army would six years later be labeled a Top 40 singles band , but amidst bad reviews ( which I believe had more to do with the way in which they were managed than anything ) , the irrefutable fact...
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James Gang-Rides Again 45th anniversary- Joe Walsh

It was the reason I hitched a ride with friends in 1971 to some small Central Ohio college to sit in the dirt infield of the indoor track fieldhouse : to see & hear Cleveland/Akron band The James Gang on a low riser stage , the spotlight reflecting blindingly off the guitar of...
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Pete Townshend “Truancy: the Very Best of”- Pete Townshend

The release of Pete Townshend‘s solo album Empty Glass 35 years ago was quite the media event, for a number of reasons. First, his new New York City-based label then was thrilled to get The Who‘s genius songwriter after coveting the iconic group for many years, so much so that they erroneously promoted...
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Gary Wright-The Dream Weaver 40th Anniversary

When it comes to technical innovation in the history of recorded music, certain names top any serious list: Thomas Edison (invented the recorder and phonograph 1878 ); Leo Fender (electric guitar ); Les Paul ( multi-track recording ); Ray Dolby (noise reduction ); Robert Moog (the synthesizer ). But as Beatles producer George...
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