Articles by: Leslie Michele Derrough

Neal Morse of Spocks Beard Talks A Life Of Intelligent Musical Opuses (INTERVIEW)

When talking about Prog, inevitably Spock’s Beard will come up in the discussion. I mean, how can it not? Yes, ELP and Genesis may have been the genre’s biggest stars in those early days but ...

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Co-Lead Singer/Keyboardist Lawrence Gowan of Styx Gets The Big Show On The Road (INTERVIEW)

“Light it up, let’s get this show on the road!” Co-lead singer/keyboard player Lawrence Gowan sings out the rally cry and Styx is off and running for ninety-plus minutes of rock & roll at Studio ...

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48 Years of Grand Funk Railroad: An Interview With Founder/Singer/Drummer Don Brewer

“We’re An American Band.” “Some Kind Of Wonderful.” “I’m Your Captain/Closer To Home.” For Grand Funk Railroad, the hits kept rolling in the seventies as they packed arenas for supercharged live shows. Mark Farner, Don ...

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James McMurtry Lays Down The Singer-Songwriter Law (INTERVIEW)

Following a week that saw the passing of one of rock music’s top songwriters in Tom Petty, it brings to mind how important words are to the songs we love. Not just a beat or ...

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Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers Live At The Fonda Theatre (DVD REVIEW)

For their third DVD release of 2017, the Rolling Stones dive into their vault in more ways than one. Celebrating the release of their iconic zipper-covered album, Sticky Fingers, which had been released in April ...

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MY ROOTS: Guitarists Orianthi & Richie Sambora Celebrate New Musical Adventure With RSO (INTERVIEW)

You can hear it in their voices that this is something genuinely exciting. With last Friday’s release of Rise, the first collaborative EP from Orianthi and Richie Sambora, you can easily imagine this is only ...

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Rockabilly Legend Billy Burnette Talks New LP ‘Crazy Like Me’ & Fleetwood Mac Stint (INTERVIEW)

Rock & roll is part of my DNA. I don’t do it because I have to do it; I do it because I love this kind of music. I’ve never done anything but this. For ...

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James McMurtry Tells Stories With Unsterilized BS Sensor at Baton Rouge’s Manship Theatre (SHOW REVIEW)

Today’s world is a chaotic place, full of anger and vocalized disappointment in government; a place where families cling to each other in safe solidarity and the everyday workingman is the backbone of small communities. ...

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Tyrone Vaughan Keep Family Guitar Legacy Strong (INTERVIEW)

It’s common knowledge what a breeding ground for great music Austin, Texas is. So it’s no surprise that Tyrone Vaughan has been gaining attention for his guitar playing and singing, starting with his group Breedlove, ...

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Vicki Peterson (Bangles) Talks New Laurel Canyon Flavored Band Action Skulls (INTERVIEW)

She’s been a Bangle, a Drifter and a substitute Go-Go. And now Vicki Peterson is a Skull – an Action Skull, to be precise. Along with her husband, Beach Boys touring drummer John Cowsill, and ...

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