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Journey: To ‘Infinity’ and Beyond (Part 2 of 2)

Continued from Part One… Though Raised on Radio spawned hit singles, on the whole it was less well-received critically. In the wake of that disappointment, and in the face of changing popular tastes, Journey went on hiatus for nearly eight years. When the band regrouped, Perry was again its dominant force. The brief reunion included

Journey: To ‘Infinity’ and Beyond (Part 1 of 2)

“Bands evolve.” That was Neal Schon’s response to the opening question in our recent conversation. The question sought to explore the guitarist’s perspective on the career trajectory of Journey, the multi-platinum selling band that he co-founded in San Francisco in 1973. Journey is best-known for its decade-long commercial peak, a time when the group was

30 Days Out, Nov. 2022 #2: Postmodern Jukebox, Archers of Loaf, Ana Popovic, Couch

The next 30 days include Thanksgiving, a time when – perhaps now more than ever – we gather with loved ones. But after the long weekend, we’ll all be looking to the future, and more live music. The post-holiday menu includes lots of goodies, from inspired reinvention of classic pop to edgy, indie-rock from the

Take Five: Pre-fame Jimi Hendrix

The Woodstock Music and Art Fair took place 53 years ago this August. A list of the festival’s highlights could fill volumes; chief among them was Jimi Hendrix’s incendiary reading of “The Star Spangled Banner.” While Woodstock served as a coming-out part for a number of new groups (Santana and CSN&Y among them), by August

The Freeway Jubilee: Always in Motion

Launched in 2015, The Freeway Revival crafts original uptempo, soulful Southern rock for enthusiastic audiences. And the Asheville-based group builds on the proud tradition of soaring collectives like Delaney & Bonnie and Friends or – a more contemporary reference – Tedeschi Trucks Band. Bassist and songwriter Kenny Crowley spoke with Bold Life between gigs and

A ‘Songversation’ with Rissi Palmer

It’s a misrepresentation of history to consider country music the domain of white people. Many persons of color have helped to shape the American musical form, and their contributions have been important ones. Burnsville N.C. native Lesley Riddle, Charley Pride and Grammy Award winning artists Dom Flemons and Rhiannon Giddens are among Black artists who

More From My Chat with Graham Nash

I recently had the bucket-list experience of chatting with Graham Nash for a feature previewing one of his live dates. There were lots of interesting bits that didn’t find their way into that feature, and it would be a shame not to share them with my readers. So here they are. –bk NOTE: The original

Graham Nash: Back to ‘Beginners’

Graham Nash was already a celebrated singer, songwriter and musician when he appeared alongside David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Neil Young at the Woodstock Festival in August 1969. That was the supergroup’s second public show, but seven years before Nash co-founded The Hollies, one of England’s most successful pop groups. So by the time Nash

Joe Satriani: Telling Stories With and Without Words (Part 2 of 2)

Continued from Part One… Sometimes the timeline exceeds two years. Satriani mentions “Through a Mother’s Day Darkly,” a breathtaking highlight of The Elephants of Mars. He wrote the song in 1999, while working on what would become Engines of Creation, his eighth studio album. But the unfinished, keyboard-based track didn’t make it onto that record.

Joe Satriani: Telling Stories With and Without Words (Part 1 of 2)

Joe Satriani is the most popular instrumental rock guitarist in the history of music. Though he has yet to win a Grammy Award for his work, Satriani is one of the most often-nominated artists (15 to date). His albums and live performances meet with near universal critical acclaim, and his total record sales to date