In The Studio: Medium Rare


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

R.E.M.- Lifes Rich Pageant 30th Anniversary- Michael Stipe, Peter Buck

My conversations with R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe and lead guitarist Peter Buck about those early IRS Records. Includes the earliest days of the Athens GA band, with songs from their first four full albums Murmur, Reckoning, Fables of the Reconstruction, & now on its thirtieth anniversary their biggest seller to that point,...
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Jackson Browne- Lives in the Balance 30th, Looking East 20th Anniversaries

After 1978’s Running on Empty (covered separately elsewhere here In the Studio), Jackson Browne deftly used his superstar celebrity to send #1 hits up the Pop Chart (‘Somebody’s Baby”) as well as romantic mid-tempo laments (“In the Shape of a Heart”), the personal (“Sky Blue and Black”), the political (“Lives in the Balance”),...
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David Lee Roth- Eat ‘Em and Smile 30th Anniversary

To quote David Lee Roth himself in this lengthy 1991 conversation,”You can’t stand what he says but you LOVE the way he says it!” Gregarious, colorfully verbose, but interestingly not prolific as a songwriter, Roth cranked out a number of pop-metal ditties after saying “sayonara” to the biggest American hard rock band, Van...
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Little Feat- Lowell George Years- Bill Payne, Paul Barrere

Wednesday June 29 marks the sad anniversary of the drug-related death of the gifted, enigmatic co-founder of Little Feat, Lowell George. If only musicians voted for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, then Little Feat would have been inducted twenty-five years ago on the first ballot. Encompassing every form of indigenous American...
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Metallica- Load 20th Anniversary- James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett

Twenty years ago Metallica dropped their sixth studio album, Load, almost five years after the phenomenon of their “Black Album“, and the pent up anticipation for a follow-up resulted in a staggering almost 700,000 copies sold in the first week! Metallica Load did not budge from the top seller position for a full...
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Kinks- Essential- Ray Davies

My dear friend of over 30 years, Patrick , an Inspector with the London Metropolitan Police (Scotland Yard) as well as a guitarist and keen music fan , writes ," I just finished the newly-published book on the Kinks by author Nick Hasted (You Really Got Me:the Story of The Kinks). Seems like...
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Rod Stewart- Fathers Day

“I have eight children”, Rod Stewart told me in 2013.”The youngest is two and the oldest is fifty-something.” On Sunday when most children honor thy father, we share a father’s heartfelt thoughts who chose to write and sing a tender beautiful song “Pure Love“, unabashedly inspired by his paternal love, on his Time...
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Scorpions- Eye to Eye for Fathers Day

One of the best reasons for interviewing the world’s most important rock musicians is that even the most mundane question, such as the one I posed to Scorpions singer/songwriter Klaus Meine about the title to their 1999 album Eye to Eye, can reveal the most intimate of emotions. So be sure to tell...
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Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes 40th Anniversary

In advance of the release of Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes‘ 1991 album Better Days, Southside Johnny Lyon visited my Dallas radio show to discuss his tenth (!) album then, as well as the Jukes’ 1976 debut forty years ago This Time It’s for Real containing the Bruce Springsteen chestnut “The Fever”;...
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