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Echoes In the Studio-Classic Rockers Remembered pt 1

Bob Seger promised us that “rock and roll never forgets”, and  In the Studio makes good on that promise with the voices of the musical greats who have appeared with me In the Studio but who are no longer with us. In part one you’ll hear George Harrison, Lou Reed, Alvin Lee of...
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In Memoriam:Echoes In the Studio pt 2

The conclusion of our In the Studio Memorial Weekend tribute to rock musicians who dedicated their lives to entertaining us and have  passed away includes the voices of John Entwistle of The Who, Alvin Lee of Ten Years After, and tributes to Keith Moon, Randy Rhoads, multiple members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hughie Thomasson,...
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Rush R40 North American Tour Delights Longtime Fans

If opening night was any indication, Rush North American shows  for their R40 tour may be a dream come true for long time superfans. The trio of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart have made it pretty clear that this may be their last continental lap, so  the setlist in Tulsa OK...
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B.B. KING IS GONE-ALL HAIL THE KING

As the sincere and most well-deserved tributes to B.B.King continue to pour in, along with the seemingly endless photos of him with other musicians, media types, and fans posted online ( he must have been one of the most photographed entertainers of our time ), I could not help drawing parallels from a...
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Styx-A&M Albums 1975-1984-Tommy Shaw, James Young, Dennis DeYoung

For many years outside of the North American music business meccas of New York City, Nashville, and Los Angeles there was a bi-coastal bias against the bands who called the vast Midwest home.”Flyover states” was the dismissive term, and the barriers which that contempt presented were enormous. Just ask Bob Seger (Detroit), REO...
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Eric Clapton-Forever Man pt 2

This portion of my in-depth interview with Eric Clapton is  gut-wrenching, heartbreaking, yet ultimately life affirming. It finds the acclaimed musician successfully in recovery after more than twenty years of substance abuse, experiencing a spiritual rebirth that can only be described as miraculous; his musical career at an all time high; and then...
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Eric Clapton-Forever Man part 1

This exclusive interview with Eric Clapton covers a lot of ground simply because no matter what era or decade you pick since 1965, EC was there in a remarkably consistent, influential way: Yardbirds; John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers;  Cream; Blind Faith with Steve Winwood; Derek and the Dominos with Duane Allman. And yet he has...
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Hall of Fame In Step with Texas Pride & Joy Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

For the conclusion of our “Best Of” celebrating the induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame of Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, we have assembled honorees Tommy Shannon and Chris Layton along with friends Eric Clapton, blues master Buddy Guy, 21st century SRV acolyte Joe Bonamassa, biographer Joe Nick Patoski,...
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Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble Rock Hall of Fame pt 1

Far be it for me to attempt to explain how we here in Texas felt about Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble – their world-wide success; his redemption from profound life-threatening drug and alcohol addiction; then his devastating loss at age 35 in a helicopter crash just after midnight August 27, 1990. For...
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