In The Studio Archives: Medium Rare

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

Triumph-Just a Game pt1-Rik Emmett, Gil Moore, Mike Levine

Not unlike Rush and Heart who preceded them, Triumph‘s Rik Emmett, Gil Moore, and Mike Levine couldn’t get arrested outside their native Toronto while waiting for a U.S. record label to swoop down like some great speckled bird and sign them. So these three intrepid rockers proceeded to question rock’s conventional wisdom and...
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Bonnie Raitt-Nick of Time 25th Anniversary

Before the release of her tenth album Nick of Time   twenty-five years ago, Bonnie Raitt was a bit of a puzzle. For two decades she had been a critic’s darling starting with her 1971 debut (four stars), Give It Up in 1972 (four and a half stars), 1973′s Takin’ My Time ,...
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Little Feat-Rad Gumbo box set-Bill Payne,Paul Barrere-pt 1

 If only musicians voted for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, then Little Feat would have been inducted twenty years ago on the first ballot. Encompassing every form of indigenous American music since its inception to this day, Little Feat was formed by the gifted, enigmatic Lowell George and the ace keyboard...
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Little Feat-Rad Gumbo box-pt 2-Bill Payne, Paul Barrere

In heading up possibly their best studio album Time Loves a Hero in 1977, Little Feat‘s Bill Payne and Paul Barrere saved their beloved band from dysfunction but effectively edged out band founder Lowell George, in spite of being the most played Little Feat album on American radio. Songs in this part two...
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Traffic-Low Spark of High Heeled Boys-Steve Winwood-the late Jim Capaldi

Never really thought of as 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...
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Jo Jo Gunne-Jay Ferguson

When artist manager-turned-media mogul David Geffen started his first Los Angeles-based record label Asylum Records, his first signing was Jackson Browne and his third deal was with the Eagles. Who was Geffen’s second signing? Hometown heroes Jo Jo Gunne, half of whom, singer/songwriter/pianist Jay Ferguson and bass player Mark Andes, had just exited...
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Van Morrison-Born to Sing-pt 1

Even though I doubt that it was St.Patrick who first coined the term “blue eyed soul”, it is a safe bet that the phrase was first used to describe the Belfast singer/songwriter Van Morrison. Practically it is impossible to explain the width and depth of this Northern Ireland native’s contribution without resorting to...
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Loverboy-Get Lucky-Mike Reno, Paul Dean

In 1982, these Canadian rockers were the right band at the right time. Their debut early in 1981 suffered from an almost fatal album cover and virtually no promotion, but working late one night in  my ROCK 103 Memphis office, I found that first Loverboy album in a throwaway pile and stumbled onto...
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Joe Bonamassa-Best So Far

Just in case you have not been  paying attention since the beginning of the twenty-first century- like maybe on an interplanetary mission to Mars and back- let’s catch you up on the dizzying career of American guitarist/ singer/ songwriter Joe Bonamassa. On a Guinness Book record-setting pace since his 2000 debut New Day...
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