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.
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By 1976, it was go big or go home for this intrepid six-man band from Topeka, Kansas. Because of the hit “Carry On Wayward Son” ( submitted by the prolific Kerry Livgren even as the band was packing up to leave rehearsals ) and radio hits “Miracles Out of Nowhere”,”The Wall”, “Cheyenne Anthem”, and “What’s On My Mind “, Leftoverture gave Kansas rock statehood to the tune of over four million sold. Livgren is joined by Richard Williams, Phil Ehart, Steve Walsh, & the late original Kansas violinist/singer Robbie Steinhardt here In the Studio.
Five years ago 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…like discovering the “lost” album which would have fit naturally between early mid-Seventies efforts “Song for America” and “Masque”. Lifers drummer Phil Ehart and guitarist Richard Williams are joined here In the Studio by violinist David Ragsdale and impressive veteran lead singer Ronnie Platt.
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” .
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble’s first,”Texas Flood”, turns forty. Included here in these classic rock interviews is my second interview with Stevie in late Spring 1984; legendary bluesman Buddy Guy; Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon, singer/songwriter Doyls Bramhall, and biographer Joe Nick Patoski; and the songs “Pride and Joy”,”Cold Shot”, the spectacular Hendrix cover”Voodoo Child”, “Look at Little Sister”,”Life Without You”, and two “Big” Doyle Bramhall songs, “Change It” and “Life By the Drop”.
When it’s the REO Speedwagon brand, you’ll be surprised how fresh and tasty forty-five 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 […]