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.
James JY Young of Styx joins Eric in conversation to discuss his early days discovering guitar, early songwriting on the first four Styx albums including the first charting Styx song, The Best Thing, his role and voice in the band, how he has managed to steer and navigate the business of Styx particularly through the Brave New World era drama, recording Cyclorama, and lots of discussion around the new Styx concept album, The Mission. For bonus points – what role would Dr Righteous play in The Trump Administration? Listen and find out!
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Lawrence Gowan of Styx joins Eric in conversation. We talk about his early days discovering piano, his journey in the 80s and 90s as a wildly successful artist in Canada, recording Strange Animal at Ringo’s house, the struggles trying to break into the US, what the impact of grunge had on his career, how he connected with Styx, specific memories surrounding a few songs on Cyclorama, the new Styx DVD Live from Vegas, what’s next for the band and for him personally. Also, who wins in a cage match – Great White Hope or Keep Up The Fight??
Ricky Phillips of Styx oins Eric in conversation. We talk about his early days discovering music, how he connected with The Babys and memories of their sorta reformation as Bad English. What it was like at the height of their success. We also talk about his experiences working on the Coverdale/Page recording sessions. We talk about Styx and what’s next in terms of a new studio album. Additionally, we talk about his project of passion – completing the final recordings of his dear friend, the late Ronnie Montrose.