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J Geils Band- Freeze Frame- Peter Wolf

Prior to the Fall 1981 release Freeze Frame , Boston’s J Geils Band had released ten albums while touring relentlessly. Yet the hard-driving jump’n’jiving lead singer Peter Wolf admits that all they really had to show for the effort was half a million dollars in debt….(more)


Ted Nugent-Free for All

In 1976 Ted Nugent’s “Free for All” overamped its way to #24 on the Billboard album chart, becoming his second consecutive multi-million seller. And barely a year later, Nugent would take “Cat Scratch Fever’s” instant success and transform it through the remainder of 1977 into the top-grossing rock concert act that year. But it hadn’t always been that way. Far from it…


James Brown Live at Volunteer Jam 9- Nashville Jan 1983

We continue our celebration of American Black History month with this unreleased historical musical moment .The Civil Rights Act of 1964 may have been signed by President Lyndon Johnson on July 2, 1964 , but that simply changed the law in America . Hearts and minds would be another thing entirely , a fact recognized by the Funkadelic 1970 album title “Free Your Mind (and Your Ass Will Follow)” . On January 23 , 1983 I witnessed the true integration of one of the last holdouts from diversity, the Nashville music community , when as part of his annual Volunteer Jam series , host/organizer Charlie Daniels presented the legendary James Brown to headline Volunteer Jam 9 …(more)


“Let’s Dance” Demo Marks David Bowie’s Birthday

David Bowie’s birthday today ( 8th ) sees a previously unreleased treasure, the actual demo for the 1983 title song to Let’s Dance . March will see the encore interview with the late icon for the 35th anniversary of that timeless release here In the Studio. But it is not the first time that David Bowie’s birthday […]


Cry of Love- Peace Pipe- August 1993

With a band named after a Jimi Hendrix album, and  sounding like  Free meets Lynyrd Skynyrd, how could I not love this band? Great guys too in Cry of Love, including the true heart guitarist Audley Freed who grew up  idolizing Southern Rock icons Allen Collins and Duane Allman, as well as lesser known blues […]


Steely Dan- Can’t Buy a Thrill 45th Anniversary- Donald Fagen

When I casually run the list in my head of the most significant debut albums in rock history (The Doors, Are You Experienced, Please Please Me, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin 1, Boston, Chicago Transit Authority, Appetite for Destruction, My Generation, Never Mind the Bollocks, Mr Tambourine Man, The Ramones ) invariably I forget to include Can’t […]


Tom Petty- Full Moon Fever

I swear I heard my heart break  when informed that Tom Petty died of cardiac arrest in his Malibu CA home. Tom was only 66. Prior to this conversation, the last time I had interviewed Tom Petty had been in Dallas in the Fall 1987 when he and the Heartbreakers had toured supporting Bob Dylan. […]