In the Fall 1988, Kansas had reunited most of the original band and they were eager to talk, plus key songwriter Kerry Livgren, who had retired from touring in order to become a Georgia farmer, had parked his John Deere and picked up his Les Paul to do some Contemporary Christian solo albums, so suddenly he became available as well to talk about “Leftoverture”, the 1976 four million seller from Kansas.
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With back-to-back quadruple platinum albums Leftoverture in 1976 and Point of Know Return barely eighteen months later, the band Kansas was assured of permanent statehood in rock history. Formed organically as a” band of brothers” in Topeka, over the course of more than four decades Kansas has proven to be bound together as much […]
The first new original studio album in sixteen years , The Prelude Implicit, from all-American progressive rockers Kansas was one of the most pleasant musical surprises in 2016. Hearing the collection of songs including “With This Heart“, the opus “The Voyage of 818“, the timely yet sobering “Refugee“, the hauntingly evocative gray gardens instrumental “Section 60“, […]
The Topeka-based progressive rock band Kansas sold about twelve million albums just off of back-to-back blockbusters Left Overture in 1976 and Point of Know Return barely eighteen months later, but there is a lot of quality before “Carry On Wayward Son” and after “Dust in the Wind“, including the epic title song from their second […]
“I got a $1000 car and headed West”, says Melissa Etheridge, revealing her first step like a real-life Dorothy leaving Leavenworth, Kansas and landing in Oz, which in Melissa’s case was Southern California, a full five years before she would top the charts with her fourth album, September 1993’s “Yes I Am” .
When it’s the REO Speedwagon brand, you’ll be surprised how fresh and tasty forty year old “Tuna Fish” is! Kevin Cronin and Neal Doughty of REO are In the Studio with Redbeard.
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Arkansas renaissance man Billy Bob Thornton can create the story, assume the role, direct the whole rodeo, and then sing and play the theme song before you can say “Boy howdy!”. With the passing of the American actor icon Andy Griffith, there is a sweet anecdote about Griffith from my interview with Academy Award-winning actor/screenwriter […]