Ricky Phillips Picks The Essential Ronnie Montrose
Ricky Phillips of Styx, The Babys, and Bad English shares his 10 Essential Ronnie Montrose songs. From Van Morrison to Edgar Winter to Herbie Hancock to Montrose to Gamma, the work of under appreciated guitar god Ronnie Montrose has influenced countless fans and colleagues for decades – Ricky Phillips of Styx among them. In sharing his 10 essential Montrose songs, Ricky also shares how he first discovered Ronnie’s music, how he connected with Ronnie, what set Ronnie apart as a versatile guitarist and songwriter, the joys of jamming and playing with Ronnie before his passing, what it meant to Ricky to complete and release Ronnie’s final recordings on the 10×10 record, which of Ronnie’s friends did he pull in to help honor him, and much more.
Roger Joseph Manning Jr of Jellyfish, Imperial Drag, The Moog Cookbook, and Beck’s band (among many others) joins Eric in conversation to discuss his early days discovering drums and switching to keyboards, what the vision and strengths were of Jellyfish and why he thinks the music has resonated for so many years, what were the plans for the third album that never became a reality, how he shifted from Jellyfish to The Moog Cookbook and Imperial Drag, his collection of vintage instruments, his journey as a freelance musician working with all sorts of artists including David Bowie and Roger Waters, what it was like working with Roger Waters in the studio, the creative process behind his new EP Glamping, connecting with Chris Price, the project he’s currently working on with Eric Dover and Tim Smith, what’s next now that he’s active on PledgeMusic, and much more!
BONUS – This episode also includes an interview from March 1994, about two weeks before Jellyfish officially broke up. Possibly the last interview Roger did as a member of Jellyfish. It features a dopey, young Eric Miller completely devoid of interviewing skills, but it is interesting for historical purposes.
Lisa Coleman of The Revolution Picks The Essential Prince
Lisa Coleman of The Revolution shares her 10 Essential Prince songs. Keyboardist Lisa Coleman also shares memories of the songs chosen, first hearing Prince’s music, her parents reaction to the sexual nature of Prince’s work, connecting with Prince as a fellow pianist, thoughts and memories of the unreleased song Lisa and what was unique about their relationship, Prince’s growth as a poetic lyricist, the power of Prince’s puppy dog eyes, “scoring” Prince onstage, memories of her brother connecting with Prince, stories of Prince, Wendy, and Lisa meeting, hanging out, and jamming with Joni Mitchell, and much more.
BrownMark of The Revolution Picks The Essential Prince
BrownMark of The Revolution shares his 10 Essential Prince songs. Bassist BrownMark also shares memories of the songs chosen, learning Prince’s preferred style of bass playing, memories of the infamous 1981 gig opening for The Rolling Stones – his first gig, first hearing When Doves Cry with its lack of a bassline, his extended bass jams with Prince, Wendy joining The Revolution, Prince as a drill sergeant, the possibility of joining The Time, racial diversity in the band and what it meant to him at the time and now being “the black guy” in the band, what hidden gems are buried in Prince’s legendary vault that he’ll hope to see released, and much more.
Bobby Z of The Revolution Picks The Essential Prince
Bobby Z of The Revolution shares his 10 Essential Prince songs. Drummer Bobby Z also shares memories of the songs chosen, being witness to early Prince sessions including for local advertising spots, what it was like on the road touring with Prince and Rick James in the early days, how he and Prince bonded over talking drummer influences, how Prince wore those influences on his sleeve, what hidden gems are buried in Prince’s legendary vault that he’ll hope to see released, and much more.
Dr Fink of The Revolution Picks The Essential Prince
Dr Fink of The Revolution shares his 10 Essential Prince songs. Dr Fink also describes first hearing Prince’s music, great stories about his audition, Prince’s sense of humor and some practical jokes along the way, the writing and recording of Dirty Mind, how was Prince when it came to co-writing, what’s his favorite classic video, diversity in the band, Prince’s sexuality through the years, what hidden gems are buried in Prince’s legendary vault that he’ll hope to see released, and much more.
Corey Glover of Living Colour shares his 10 Essential Bill Withers songs. As a young kid growing up in New York, Corey first discovered the timeless music of Bill Withers in his home and on long car-rides with the family. The work of Bill Withers would inspire and influence Corey’s life as a performer, vocalist, and songwriter both in Living Colour and in his solo career. He also shares memories of meeting and getting to know Bill, his appearance in the Still Bill documentary, some insights on the songs, the lyrics, what Bill’s presence in the music world meant to the black experience in the early and mid-1970s and much more.