Pink Floyd- Dark Side of the Moon 45th Anniversary- David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters 2-26

Immersive music seemingly impossible to "Eclipse" by "Time", my guests David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and concept originator Roger Waters all weigh in to mark the forty-fifth anniversary of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon  the week of February…

Little Feat- Dixie Chicken- Waiting for Columbus- Bill Payne, Paul Barrere

Two significant anniversaries occur this month and this year of personal favorite "desert island discs", the eclectic Dixie Chicken 's  45th and the live double album from 1978, Waiting for Columbus, looking at its fortieth anniversary, both…
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Van Halen 40th anniversary- Eddie & Alex Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Michael Anthony

The four original members of Van Halen, guitarist/songwriter Eddie Van Halen, big brother drummer Alex Van Halen, lead singer/lyricist David Lee Roth, and ex-bass player/backing vocalist Michael Anthony are all unanimous in this classic rock…

Robert Cray- Smoking Gun- Dallas 1987

Another stellar live performance, no overdubs,  by the Robert Cray Band at Dallas club Redux in July 1987, "Smoking Gun" and the album Strong Persuader   resulted in Cray being heralded by no less than legendary Dallas native Steve Miller…
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Redbeard Rocks American Black History Month!

Thanks to Spotify's terrific depth, it was as easy as barbeque ribs sliding off the bone to assemble this rock'n'soul playlist of the greatest rockers like the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Bob Seger, Creedence Clearwater Revival, ZZ Top, and…

The Late Joe Cocker Paid Tribute to Ray Charles

To continue celebrating American Black History Month here In The Studio, I'm reminded of the definition of rock and roll as told to me by Mr. "Blue Suede Shoes" himself , the late Carl Perkins , " The Blues and Country and Western had a baby , and they called it Rock'n'Roll ." Seeing as we were in Nashville at the time , Perkins could easily have laid it all at the toe-tapping feet of Hank Williams , a rebel Nashville outsider without whom rock simply would not exist ...(more)

U2- War 35th Anniversary- Bono, Edge, Adam, Larry 2-19

Many of the first quarter releases in 1983 went on to become iconic rock blockbusters, including Def Leppard Pyromania,  Journey  Frontiers,  ZZ Top Eliminator , and David Bowie Let's Dance . But the Irish quartet U2, who had shown flashes…

History of Southern Rock pt2- Gregg Allman, Gary Rossington, Doug Gray, Hughie Thomasson, Henry Paul, Donnie Van Zant, Charlie Daniels, Steve Earle

This is the conclusion of the two-part History of Southern Rock , a labor of love that captures the heart and soul of the musicians who long ago made it possible someday in 2018 to watch Chris Stapleton and Sturgill Simpson perform "Midnight…

Elton John- Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me 9-6-93

Elton John created quite a buzz  announcing his retirement from  live performance by simultaneously cushioning the considerable blow with news of a massive final tour. Tickets are already on sale for the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour which…
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Journey- Frontiers 35th Anniversary- Neal Schon, John Cain, Steve Perry

When you are as talented, top-heavy with songwriters, and as hard working as Journey was from 1978 to 1983, a lot can happen in five years. You see, it was only five years time after their fourth album, Infinity,  broke the band until  the…