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We interview the stars who made the great Southern rock and Classic rock from the Golden Era. You'll hear tales from the road, the studio, and the stage, from those who were in the middle of it all. We'll also update you on new rock that you won't wanna miss. 

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Head East co-founder Roger Boyd talks about the band's half-century plus of turning out great rock n' roll, the staying power of "Never Been Any Reason" and their other hits, plus the new album, Full Circle. Tommy Talton tells a great story about Cowboy, the Allman Brothers, and Little Richard. Listener favorite "The Southern Man", Alan Walden, returns with a couple of fantastic stories about the "fighting side" of Ronnie Van Zant.Our regular features, Covers and Hidden Gem, are back as...
Artimus gets into his love for his fans, the new Ronnie Van Zant and Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute album, including a new version of Free Bird with Dolly Parton taking over the vocals and a very special guest on guitar. He shares a great story about mending fences and an emotional goodbye to a long-time friend, plus the drummers he thinks are best, and the guitarist he rates number one. We'll get the inside scoop on the song he and Ed King co-wrote for Billy Ray Cyrus and much more.Tanner Jone...
This week Artimus shares more thoughts on Street Survivors, the horrific plane crash, Rickey Medlocke, his friends in Blackfoot, Gary's funeral, the 1977 tour with Ted Nugent, his time in Israel, Steve Gaines's impact on the band, reforming as a Skynyrd Tribute band, the band's inner demons, the 1979 Volunteer Jam, and the battle to put together his film, "Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash." He'll also share a bit about an important new album that ...
What an absolute pleasure it was to interview Artimus Pyle. He gets into his early years, his (very young) intro to the drums, the loss of his Dad at a young age, how Charlie Daniels and the Marshall Tucker Band led him to Skynyrd, recording Saturday Night Special, which was his first time in the studio with the band, his tremendous respect for Rodney Mills, his friendship with Bob Burns, and how he, Rodney and Kevin Elson rescued Street Survivors and helped turn it into one of rock's m...
B B Borden has played for four huge bands from the South; Mother's Finest, Molly Hatchet, the Outlaws, and the Marshall Tucker Band. It's an honor to have him join us to share stories of his start in rock, his life in these great bands, his influences and so much more.We'll also share info about an incredible day of music to help Tommy Talton in his fight against cancer. Some big names in Southern music are donating their time and talents to help a member of the Southern music family.Cl...
In the conclusion of his three-part series, 38 Special original member and guitarist Jeff Carlisi talks about his supergroup, Big People, the bands of the 80s, Van Halen, why music from the classic rock era endures, an attempted bribe of pulled pork and much more.We'll introduce you to an up-and-coming rock band out of Rome, GA, that is definitely worth a listen, the Georgia Thunderbolts. Drummer Bristol Perry gets into their influences, their music catalog, a rocking cover of a Southern clas...
In part two of our interview, Jeff Carlisi gives us the back story on 38 Special's first big hit, Rockin' Into the Night, the writing partnerships that produced some of their biggest hits, role changes inside the band, their history with MTV, the shock of finding out they are writing with a major star and much more.Todd Ronning talks about life in one of the world's great classic rock bands, Bad Company, his history with King Karma, and his work on Paul Rodgers' first new solo album in over 2...
Part one of our interview with Jeff Carlisi from 38 Special. In this segment he discusses his friendships with the Skynyrd members, a peek inside the real Ronnie Van Zant and some sage, life changing advice he gave Jeff, and writing and recording the Four Walls of Raiford with Ronnie. Jeff also shares his thoughts about today's versions of some classic bands. Jeff will be back with us next week, talking about hitting it big with 38 Special, the songwriting partnership that produced some of th...
Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Dio, Whitesnake, The Guess Who, Blue Oyster Cult) talks about his amazing career, his friend and bandmate Randy Rhoads, life on the road with Ozzy, the first platinum metal album, how Lynyrd Skynyrd influenced him and so much more.Our regular features, Covers, and Hidden Gem are back as well.Our producer/editor is Jane Jones.Be sure and also check out the Percy and Face podcast. It's another great listen for rock lovers.Intro/outro courtesy of Diane Will...
From his days with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackfoot, and The Artimus Pyle Band, Mike Estes has some very interesting rock stories. Plus, he'll tell us about his current band, Skinny Molly and the latest with them. The legendary Alan Walden shares a great story about an encounter between the Outlaws and a motorcycle gang in NYC.Our regular features, Covers, and Hidden Gem, are back as well.Our producer/editor is Jane Jones.Be sure and also check out the Percy and Face podcast. It's another great list...
This one is for the Southern Rock lovers out there. In this episode, we have Eddie Stone from Doc Holliday and Wet Willie, with stories of life on the road, playing for 350,000 people and sharing a stage with some of the biggest names in the business. Rob Walker from Stillwater tells us the backstory of their hit Mind Bender. Steve Hammond, brother of the late, great Ronnie Hammond, long-time lead singer for the Atlanta Rhythm Section, shares some great stories about Ronnie and the boys...
Part two of our interview with Rodney Mills, a legend with over fifty gold and platinum records for producing, engineering, and mastering. He tells us about his work with Skynyrd, how the Street Survivors album was rescued, and more great stories. Derek Hess from the Rossington Collins Band, The Allen Collins Band, and Rossington joins us with some more great rock stories.Our regular features, Liner Notes, Covers, and Hidden Gem, are back as well.Our producer/editor is Jane Jones.Be sure and ...
Rodney Mills has over 50 gold and platinum records to his credit in producing, engineering, and mastering. He's worked with Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Atlanta Rhythm Section, .38 Special, the Outlaws, and Gregg Allman on some of Southern rock's greatest music. He's also worked with other great rock artists like Journey and the Doobie Brothers. He shares the stories from his illustrious career with The Southern Voice-Rock Show. It is truly an honor to have him with us.Our regular features, Line...
Denny Carmassi (Montrose, Sammy Hagar, Heart, Whitesnake, Coverdale-Page, St. Paradise, and more) tells us about his incredible career behind a drum kit, as well as the rock standard he co-wrote.Derel St. Holmes tells us the story of Big People, one of the most talent-laden supergroups ever.Seven Year Witch and The Dirty Roses are two up-and-coming bands that make the kind of rock that old-school rockers will love. We have the guitarist from both with us.Our regular features, Liner Notes, Cov...
Don Brewer is a founding member of the legendary Grand Funk Railroad. He talks with us about how the band got signed from blowing out a guest spot at the Atlanta International Pop Festival in 1969, plus shares some great rock stories. We'll also get into the 2023 tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of We're An American Band and the incredible talents with Grand Funk today.Lou Van Dora was an original member of Rex. With a multi-album major label record deal, rock's top management behind the...
We have three awesome guitarists from some incredible bands joining us. Moses Mo from Mother's Finest, Rick Steier from Kingdom Come, Warrant and Wild Horses, and Richie Ranno from Stories and Starz are giving us some great rock stories.For the latest on Richie Ranno, click here.For the latest on Moses Mo and The Real Cool Band, click here.To find Rick Steier on Instagram, click here.For a video of Rick's student, Helena Harris, with Rick, Rudy Sarzo of Quiet Riot, Ozzy, Dio, and Whitesnake, ...
You'll enjoy "behind the music" type stories with Jim Peterik as he tells us how "Vehicle," "Eye of the Tiger," "Hold On Loosely," Heavy Metal," and more of his hit rock songs came to be. From The Ides of March, formerly of Survivor, and his current project Pride of Lions, you'll love catching up with this rock and roll icon.Check out Jim and his projects here.https://www.facebook.com/OfficialJimPeterikWebsite: www.JimPeterik.comInstagram: @JimPeterikRocksYouTube: https://www.youtube.co...
Alan Walden is a true music icon with a legendary eye for talent. You'll love these great rock stories from his incredible career. He gives us some inside scoop from his history with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Boz Scaggs, the Outlaws, Al Kooper, and more.Alan's book, Southern Man: Music and Mayhem in the American South: A Memoir is available here. Neil Carswell's info and music are available here. Intro courtesy of Diane Williamson, the worldwide voice of OnStar and Intercontinental Hotels.Ou...
The legendary Bonnie Bramlett joins us, with stories about Stephen Stills, Dickie Betts, Janis Joplin, Elvis Costello, Derek Trucks, and much more. Steve Morse, from the Dixie Dregs, Kansas, and Deep Purple, introduces us to his new band, plus shares a great Gary Rossington story. Bruce Blackman, who went to number two in 1976 with Starbuck and Moonlight Feels Right, has a new album that's doing very well on the charts, and he's giving us the scoop. We have two new features this week, Liner N...
In this episode, we'll talk with Mark Andes, a founding member of Spirit, Jo Jo Gunne and Firefall, and a ten-year member of Heart. He's played on five platinum and two gold albums and was front row for rock's most notable lawsuit involving Led Zeppelin. Rodney Justo is a co-founder and the lead singer for the Atlanta Rhythm Section and updates us on what's going on with that legendary band. Mike Causey from Stillwater joins us with some favorite rock memories and guitar heroes.Intro courtesy...
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