Twenty-five years ago it was my great honor to host the first new Traffic album in twenty years, Far from Home by Steve Winwood and Jim Capaldi…
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Back in 1972 while working at my first radio station in Ohio, I got a lesson in soul music from Timmy Thomas and the single “Why Can’t We Live Together?“, and apparently an ocean away Steve Winwood, ex-Spencer Davis Group wunderkind, Traffic cop, and Blind Faith refugee, was taking the same musical correspondence course. What […]
Not always considered a Progressive Rock band, nevertheless the title song to Traffic‘s most popular album, November 1971’s Low Spark of High Heeled Boys , fits easily high atop any list of the most popular and creative songs of the Progressive Rock era. Yet that song and the Low Spark… album in general are considerably […]
By his mid-twenties, Steve Winwood already may have been on a hall of fame career pace, singing and playing hits as a mere teenager with the Spencer Davis Group (“Gimme Some Lovin’ “,” I’m a Man”), Traffic, and Blind Faith. Yet Winwood told me in this classic rock interview that a 1972 bout with peritonitis […]
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 in a band such as England’s Traffic must complement one another, not unlike […]
Two titans of rock’s last half century, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood, join me In the Studio to explore the days surrounding the brief Blind Faith . Until recently the two friends chose not to talk much about the short-lived Blind Faith experience. Maybe it was the fact that the media hype of what Time […]
As Peter Frampton mounts his farewell tour of America, his long-ago adopted home, it also marks the thirtieth anniversary of one of the Eighties’ real under-rated gems, 1989’s “When All the Pieces Fit” . But Peter’s health concern now with a progressive degenerative muscular disease, which prompted the current farewell tour, is not his first crisis, as you will hear in this interview.
David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash In the Studio for the 50th anniversary of their debut!
David Gilmour joins Redbeard In the Studio on the 35th anniversary of Gilmour’s 1984 solo album “About Face”.
By Spring 1968 Jimi Hendrix had returned triumphantly to the US from London after fifteen months, having electrified the rock world with two smash albums, the revolutionary debut Are You Experienced? and Axis: Bold as Love. It was all being organized by veteran English musician Chas Chandler of The Animals who had given up pop […]