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Kinks- One for the Road- Sir Ray Davies

“When we’re on stage is the only time when it’s not serious,” muses Kinks kingpin Ray Davies, the seminal band’s lead singer and masterful songwriter. “There’s so much recording nowadays that’s got to be so high tech and so intense. (Recording live ) took some of the pressure off of it, because the guys in […]

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“Melissa Etheridge” 30th, “Yes I Am” 25th Anniversaries

We all know how powerful first impressions are. So regardless of the thirty years that it has been since we first met for a live Q102 Dallas/ Ft.Worth radio interview on the occasion of the release of her debut Melissa Etheridge  in May 1988, the image of the diminutive singer standing across from me in […]

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Jethro Tull- 50 for 50, pt 1- Ian Anderson

Even though I only attended college for three days ( that’s not a typo, days, not years or even semesters ), I got an education which served me a lifetime from the guy who roomed next to me in the freshman dorm. In those three days he introduced me to Advent speakers, Humble Pie, ZZ […]

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Alan Parsons Project- Pyramid 40th Anniversary

This was my second interview with Parsons, the producer/engineer/electronic composer, the first occurring a decade earlier and specifically focused on the Alan Parson Project’s breakthrough 1977 album I Robot, their second . This time we would cover the three million-sellers that followed between 1978 and 1982, Pyramid, The Turn of a Friendly Card, and Eye in the Sky. Parsons was at the time releasing the album A Valid Path, the summation of a divorce, a move from his native England to Southern California, remarrying, & building his own recording studio, where this interview was done.

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The Fixx- Reach the Beach 35th anniversary- Cy Curnin, Adam Woods

“The backstage party at Woodstock had turned really mushy by then,” joked The Fixx lead singer/ songwriter Cy Curnin by way of chronicling the dawn of the Eighties musically.” You know, the backstage passes had been picked up (figuratively) laying around outside. ‘I finally got my backstage pass to Woodstock!’ And it’s six years later.” […]

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The Cars- Heartbeat City- Ric Ocasek, Greg Hawkes

With The Cars now officially with a reserved parking spot inside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it seems an obvious time to test drive the 1984 blockbuster album Heartbeat City  which rivals their legendary 1978 debut, The Cars , for musical automotive excellence. Now newly remastered and expanded ( along with Shake It […]

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Rod Stewart- Time- Fifth Anniversary

“They didn’t like me nose, me clothes, or me hair!” says Rod Stewart of his first record company audition in London, which makes a charming basis for the song “Can’t Stop Me Now” on our encore presentation of the 2013 album Time . Blame Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, and the Beatles. Before them, Artist and […]