In a 24-month period beginning in Summer 1965, Los Angeles-based band The Byrds recorded and released four evolutionary albums which wrested the world’s focus from the tidal wave of British Invasion bands led by The Beatles. The members of the original Byrds – singer/songwriter/electric 12-string guitar player Roger (Jim) McGuinn, singer/songwriter David Crosby, the talented […]
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The album cover wasn’t red, it was crimson. And it wasn’t just a guitar which bandleader Tom Petty was holding in that cover shot, it was a gorgeous sunburst Rickenbacker, made legendary in rock’n’roll on seminal Beatles and Byrds songs by George Harrison and Roger McGuinn. And it wasn’t just Petty and the Heartbreakers’ third album: […]
When The Call’s main songwriter/singer Michael Been passed away recently , a quote was attributed to him in his obituary where he claimed to have seen The Band in concert at age 18 , which set Been on a life’s course of music literally until the day that he died . Watching Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz , The Band’s Thanksgiving 1976 swan song , shows how that kind of epiphany could happen . But the earliest work of this quintet with the generic name is no less impressive : when Rolling Stone magazine writers compiled their Top 500 Albums of All Time , The Band’s 1968 debut Music from Big Pink ranked at #34 . That’s almost twenty places higher than The Beatles’ debut !… (more)
Roger McGuinn takes requests. We discovered that fact when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legendary leader of The Byrds brought that unmistakable voice and trademark twelve string guitar to my Dallas radio show not long after the release of his January 1991 strong solo album Back From Rio. Roger obliged us with a […]
David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash In the Studio for the 50th anniversary of their debut!
This interview is a real treat because you will hear Aerosmith lifers Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and Tom Hamilton reminiscing about pre-Aerosmith hopes and dreams forty-five years ago on the eve of their debut release; not fitting in and “feeling like an outcast”; playing in rival bands, digging on English British Invasion bands like the […]
Down through the history of mankind, first flights such as The Eagles are revered: the Montgolfier brothers in Paris in 1783 with their hot air balloon; the Wright brothers in 1903 with powered flight…
Spirit was an interesting amalgam of opposites and contrasts, with Jay Ferguson.
This is not the first time in the band’s forty-five years that Aerosmith has been on hiatus, so I found co-leader guitarist/songwriter Joe Perry in his Boneyard Studio for this classic rock interview to discuss the challenges of maintaining the same personnel over the long career arc of this seminal American band. Redbeard: Joe, there […]
“It’s a small song, but it’s the way I feel…”-Tom Kimmel, 1987 Nashville-based singer/ songwriter Tom Kimmel appeared unannounced at Dallas radio station Q102 one day, promoting his 5 to 1 album. He was warm, friendly, with an easy smile, but I had to respectfully inform him that we had no room to add his […]