Rare musician interviews by Redbeard not part of the weekly radio series .

Alan Parsons Project- Pyramid 40th Anniversary

This was my second interview with Parsons, the producer/engineer/electronic composer, the first occurring a decade earlier and specifically focused on the Alan Parson Project's breakthrough 1977 album I Robot, their second . This time we would cover the three million-sellers that followed between 1978 and 1982, Pyramid, The Turn of a Friendly Card, and Eye in the Sky. Parsons was at the time releasing the album A Valid Path, the summation of a divorce, a move from his native England to Southern California, remarrying, & building his own recording studio, where this interview was done.

Rod Stewart- Time- Fifth Anniversary

"They didn't like me nose, me clothes, or me hair!" says Rod Stewart of his first record company audition in London, which makes a charming basis for the song "Can't Stop Me Now" on our encore presentation of the 2013 album Time . Blame Buddy…

Deep Purple- Now What?! Fifth Anniversary- Roger Glover

It is the fifth anniversary of Deep Purple's impressive, muscular "comeback" album "Now What?!" April 26, 2013, and DP's Roger Glover joins Redbeard In the Studio.

Dire Straits- Rock Hall Best pt 1- Mark Knopfler

"As I run every light on Memory Lane down to Telegraph Road..." - Mark Knopfler With Dire Straits visionary Mark Knopfler In the Studio we thought we would "mark" the occasion of the London band's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with part one…

Faces Finale- Ooh La La- Rod Stewart, Ron Wood, Kenney Jones, the late Ian McLagan & Steve Marriott

"That brings us to the The Faces, the famous drinking group!", chuckles Rod Stewart in this rare classic rock interview."That was the problem with The Faces: you could never get us out of the pub!" That may have been the only problem, then,…

Phil Ramone,14-Time Grammy Winner Superstar Producer

Before he died in March 2013 Phil Ramone collaborated with a plethora of music superstars, including RAY CHARLES, BOB DYLAN, ARETHA FRANKLIN, PAUL MCCARTNEY, QUINCY JONES, FRANK SINATRA,  STEVIE WONDER, BURT BACHARACH, BONO,  MADONNA, and…

REO Speedwagon- You Can Tune a Piano...Tuna Fish 40th Anniversary- Kevin Cronin, Neal Doughty

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.

James Taylor- Sweet Baby James

James Taylor hits 70 Monday, with the operative word there "hits".

Five Years After: Alvin Lee of Ten Years After Died 3-6-13

It has been five years now since legendary British blues rock guitarist and singer Alvin Lee died during surgery March 6, 2013. Lee never hesitated to credit fate and dumb luck for first putting him and the band Ten Years After on the bill of…

Robert Plant- Now and Zen 30th Anniversary

It was 1983's The Principle of Moments, Robert Plant's second solo album, which first convinced us that Plant could sustain a viable solo career outside of the legendary Led Zeppelin which he fronted for twelve fabled years...

Jeff Healey 1966- 2008

...(cont) every headline before and since the cancer-related premature death of blues-rock phenomenon Jeff Healey March 2, 2008 has included the qualifier "blind guitarist" , as if Healey's mind-blowing facility and unique technique on the instrument,his more-than-competent rich vocals,his uncanny choice of material,and Jeff's wicked ultra-dry sense of humor were less defining of the man than his inability to read the drive-through menu at Taco Bell...(more)

George Harrison Best pt 2

My second George Harrison interview that focused on his return to performing in England for the first time in over 25 years on stage at London's Royal Albert Hall; the support of his longtime friend,Eric Clapton; and several examples of his delightful impish sense of humor. And I chose to display this photo of George on stage at the Albert Hall with the late Gary Moore on April 6,1992 .God bless them both, together again for eternity .-Redbeard

Steppenwolf 50th Anniversary- John Kay

Steppenwolf should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame if only for, in early 1968, introducing the world to the term and sound "...heavy metal thunder" in the song "Born to Be Wild". That and other iconic songs  "Magic Carpet Ride","The Pusher","Rock…

Robert Cray- Best Of

Ask any of Robert Cray's biggest fans ( who include Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, and Jimmie Vaughan ) and they all agree that Cray is the total package: movie star handsome, soulful voice, reserved demeanor, with a stinging guitar…