On this very special Six-Pack episode, Eric (that’s me!) is joined by his father, Alan Miller, and brother, Jeff Miller, to share a six-pack of Kansas songs.
We get into how our father, Alan, first discovered the band and the process he undertook to immerse (or indoctrinate) us into the world of Kansas music by taking us to see them in 1980 and blasting their music “full volume” in the car when we were kiddos. And how truly grateful we are for it. We share familial stories of seeing them live going back forty years, share some favorite songs and moments, our thoughts on the various lineups (all positive!), and so much more. Kansas is truly a family affair in our households. We hope you’ll join us as we discuss and share some laughs and some deeper Kansas classics.
Zak Rizvi of Kansas joins Eric in conversation to discuss the beginnings of his musical career, how he initially connected with Phil Ehart as a fan, his work with New Jersey based prog-rock band 4Front, how they landed dates opening for Kansas, Phil introducing Zak to longtime Kansas producer Jeff Glixman, how he went from fan to producer to songwriter to band member, his first gig with the band, the songwriting process and trying to do justice to the legacy of Kerry Livgren and Steve Walsh, how the Kansas sound has changed now that the second guitar has returned, how he works out the parts with Rich Williams and David Ragsdale, receiving a private video guitar lesson from Steve Morse, plans for the next album, what’s next for him and the band, and much more!
Violinist David Ragsdale of Kansas joins Eric in conversation. We talk about how he connected with Kansas, how he initially picked up the violin, the departure of Steve Walsh and the addition of Ronnie Platt, what it’s like working with the various members of Kansas and we go track by track on the 1995 Kansas album, Freaks of Nature in celebrating it’s 20th anniversary. Also, we get some insight on the new Kansas album in the works!