Now Playing
97.1 The River
Last Song Played
Classic Hits
On Air
No Program
Now Playing
97.1 The River
Last Song Played
Classic Hits
Scott Sharrard of Gregg Allman Band talks about Laid Back Festival

Rick Diamond

Scott Sharrard of Gregg Allman Band talks about Laid Back Festival

Kaedy and The AJC’s Melissa Ruggieri spoke with Scott Sharrard, lead guitarist and Musical Director of The Gregg Allman Band, about the upcoming Laid Back Festival.

The big show will feature the band with Gregg’s son Devon Allman playing Gregg’s last album, Southern Blood, live in its entirety, and Lynyrd Skynyrd October 14, 2017 at Verizon Amphitheatre.

Listen to the full interview.

Tickets to Laid Back Festival are on sale now at LiveNation.com 

Heart’s Nancy Wilson Talks Roadcase Royale and Bob Seger Tour

Theo Wargo

Heart’s Nancy Wilson Talks Roadcase Royale and Bob Seger Tour

Kaedy and The AJC’s Melissa Ruggieri spoke to Heart’s Nancy Wilson about her new band, Roadcase Royale.

The band’s new album is out, and they are on tour now with Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band and will be performing with them at Infinite Energy Arena on October 7, 2017.

Listen to the full interview below.

Tickets are available for purchase at Infinite Energy Arena

Danny Hutton of Three Dog Night to  Rock Chastain 2017 benefit concert hosted by Kaedy Kiely

Rick Diamond/Getty Images for IEBA

Danny Hutton of Three Dog Night to Rock Chastain 2017 benefit concert hosted by Kaedy Kiely

Kaedy Kiely and the AJC’s Melissa Ruggieri spoke with Danny Hutton, singer and founder of Three Dog Night - the record-holders of the most consecutive Top 40 hits in history! 

Danny talks about the current line-up, and spins some great yarns about having THE Rock and Roll party house in Hollywood in the ‘70s! 

Kaedy will be hosting Three Dog Night at this year’s Rock Chastain with The Whiskey Gentry November 21, 2017 to benefit the Chastain Park Conservancy. 

Listen to the full  interview:

Tickets are available for purchase at Livenation.com

Don Barnes of .38 Special talks about his new solo album

Rich Gabrielson/WireImage

Don Barnes of .38 Special talks about his new solo album

Kaedy spoke to her friend Don Barnes of .38 Special, as his long-awaited “Ride the Storm” solo album is finally available wherever you buy music! .38 Special will be performing some of Don’s new/old songs when they play The Amphitheatre at Adamson Square in Carrollton on October 7, 2017.

 

Don Was talks about Gregg Allman’s last album

Rick Diamond

Don Was talks about Gregg Allman’s last album

Kaedy spoke with Don Was who produced Gregg Allman’s last studio album, Southern Blood, released posthumously September 8, 2017. Hear about Don’s experience working with the Allman Brother during his last days – “He was making an extremely crafted farewell statement.”

Read the liner notes for the last Gregg Allman album written by Don Was below.

In Sept 2011, Gregg received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association. I was playing bass for him in Buddy Miller's house band and was totally blown away when he swaggered onstage for our afternoon soundcheck. Dressed in black jeans, t shirt and boots, covered in tats and jewelry, long blond hair askew, he was as cool as a motherfu*#er and manifested the essence of a natural born rock 'n roll star. His combination of charisma, soulful singing and poetic songwriting was not an 'act' that one studies and perfects over the years - it was a profound gift that only a handful of folks in each generation are lucky enough to be born with. Offstage, he radiated that same presence but you could quickly see that, at his core, he was utterly without pretension - a humble, shy, self-effacing and well-mannered southern gentleman. We struck up a friendship that night which ultimately led to my involvement in this - his farewell album.  He wasn't partial to aimless small talk and, outside of what he expressed in music, kept his feelings pretty much private. Although I became aware of his irreversibly failing health as we got into making the record, we never once got around to discussing the fact that he was living-out his final chapter. The choice of songs for this record said everything that needed to be said...it's the musical last testament of one of the greatest artists of our time. Everything you need to know about Gregg and how he felt at the end of his life is contained in the lyrics to these 10 songs and in the raw and expressive approach he brings to these last performances.   Like the hero in Bob's “Going Going Gone,” he found himself at the 'top of the end' - closing the book on the pages and text and urging those behind him to follow their hearts. His heart led him, in the words of Willie Dixon, to live the life he loved and to love the life he lived. In Gregg's autobiographical “My One True Friend,” he tells us how he'd spent his life on the road and was most alive and happy when he was onstage playing music. Like the truck driver in Little Feat's “Willin',” he'd been kicked by the wind and robbed by the sleet but was still willin' to stay on his bus and keep moving till the end. In Tim Buckley's “Once I Was,” he wonders if, just for a while, he will be remembered. Is he singing to an ex-lover? Is he singing to all of us and referring to the deep, indescribable bond between a performer and his fans?  The moment that gets to me every time is the ending of the last verse of Jackson's beautiful and haunting “Song For Adam.” Gregg always loved this song because it reminded him of his brother Duane. When he gets to the line "still it seems that he stopped singing in the middle of his song" you can hear him choke up and falter. We decided to stop for the day, and Gregg never got the chance to actually sing those next two lines. Leaving them open seemed like a poignant and poetic way for him to make his exit.  Gregg Allman cared deeply about this final album. He had very specific ideas about what he wanted to say and how he wanted to say it. He spent his final night listening to the latest mixes and closed his eyes for the last time knowing that his vision had been realized. Everyone involved in the making of this record hopes that it moves you and brings you great comfort in the years to come.  Viva Gregg!
Kaedy spoke with singer Jesse Colin Young ahead of City Winery concert

citywinery.com

Kaedy spoke with singer Jesse Colin Young ahead of City Winery concert

Kaedy spoke with lead singer of the band The Youngbloods, Jesse Colin Young, who’s in town Saturday night, August 26th, at The City Winery.

Jesse talks about coming up in the music scene in NYC and Boston in the 60’s with some amazing peers, his battle with Lyme’s Disease, even his own brand of organic coffee!

Gregg Allman’s niece and manager talk about ‘Southern Blood’

Gustavo Caballero

Gregg Allman’s niece and manager talk about ‘Southern Blood’

Kaedy Kiely and the AJC’s Melissa Ruggieri spoke to Gregg Allman’s niece (Duane’s daughter), Galadrielle Allman, and his long-time manager, Michael Lehman, about the September 8th release of Gregg’s last studio album, Southern Blood. They also discuss upcoming events in honor of the late Allman Brother’s legacy.

 

Judy Collins talks about new album and tour

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Judy Collins talks about new album and tour

Judy Collins and Stephen Stills are celebrating 50 years of friendship with a new CD and a tour that hits Symphony Hall on August 9, 2017. Kaedy and The AJC’s Melissa Ruggieri talked to Judy about her relationship with Stephen, their musical collaborations, and lots more!

More from Kaedy Kiely

Foreigner bassist Jeff Pilson talks about the band’s sold out 40th Anniversary show

Mike Coppola

Foreigner bassist Jeff Pilson talks about the band’s sold out 40th Anniversary show

Kaedy and the AJC’s Melissa Ruggieri spoke with Foreigner bassist Jeff Pilson about the band’s sold out 40th Anniversary show at Chastain Saturday, July 27, 2017 with Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham’s “Led Zeppelin Experience.” Jeff also talks about his late friend and bandmate, Ronnie James Dio, and about producing new music for Foreigner.

Listen to the full interview:

John Lodge talks about future plans for the Moody Blues and his own brand of wine

Bryan Steffy/Getty Images

John Lodge talks about future plans for the Moody Blues and his own brand of wine

The Moody Blues are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of “Days of Future Passed” by playing it in its entirety Sunday night at Chastain Park

Kaedy and The AJC’s Melissa Ruggieri talked with John Lodge about the tour, future plans for the Moodys and John solo, and John’s own brand of wine!

Listen to the full interview:

Michelle Berting Brett Talks About Her Carpenters Tribute Concert at Chastain

Photo courtesy of MichelleBertingBrett.com

Michelle Berting Brett Talks About Her Carpenters Tribute Concert at Chastain

Kaedy and the AJC’s Melissa Ruggieri spoke with singer Michelle Berting Brett of “We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered,” performing a tribute concert at Chastain Saturday July 15.

The commemorative show not only recreates the sounds of the Carpenters, but also paints an intimate, behind-the-scenes portrait of one of the most successful recording acts of all time by sharing stories from those who were close to the brother and sister duo.

Derek Trucks From The Tedeschi Trucks Band Interview

The Tedeschi Trucks Band performs at The Fox Theatre Saturday, July 15. Kaedy Kiely is pictured with Derek Trucks in the late 1980’s when Derek played on the concert stage with The Allman Brothers Band for the first time.

Kaedy and the AJC’s Melissa Ruggieri spoke to Derek recently about his return to The Fox Theatre stage with wife Susan for the first time since the celebration of Col. Bruce Hampton’s 70th birthday there earlier this year where Bruce passed away.

Peter Frampton talks about his friendship with Gregg Allman and more

(Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

Peter Frampton talks about his friendship with Gregg Allman and more

Kaedy and the AJC’s music reporter Melissa Ruggieri recently spoke to Peter Frampton about his summer tour which hits Verizon Amphitheater July 16th for The River’s Rockin’ Birthday Bash with The Steve Miller Band! Hear him talk about his work on the rock ‘n roll movie classic, Almost Famous, and his friendship with Gregg Allman (who hadn’t passed yet at the time of this interview.)

Listen to the full interview.

John Oates on his new memoir and tour 

Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images

John Oates on his new memoir and tour 

Kaedy talked to John Oates about his new memoir, Change of Seasons, and his tour with Daryl Hall, and Tears for Fears that comes to the Infinite Energy Center on Sunday, June 11.

You can meet John Oates at his book signing this Saturday at Taco Cowboy on June 10th!

Listen to the full interview.

Ann Wilson talks about her summer solo tour and Atlanta show

Daniel Knighton/FilmMagic

Ann Wilson talks about her summer solo tour and Atlanta show

Kaedy and the AJC’s Melissa Ruggieri interviewed Ann Wilson of Heart about her upcoming solo show at The Buckhead Theatre on Tuesday, June 6th.

Dennis DeYoung will be at the ‘Concert in the Quarry’ in Suwanee

Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Dennis DeYoung will be at the ‘Concert in the Quarry’ in Suwanee

Kaedy spoke with Dennis DeYoung who is performing Saturday night for a benefit called “Concert in the Quarry” in Suwanee. 

There will also be performances by South Forsyth and Lambert High Schools' bands, and all proceeds benefit the schools. 

Enjoy a fireworks display and food from 13 of Atlanta's premier food trucks. 

Visit www.concertinthequarry.com for more information.

Listen to the full interview below.

Dan Baird formerly of the GA Satellites talks about RatAid 2017

Jordi Vidal/Redferns

Dan Baird formerly of the GA Satellites talks about RatAid 2017

RatAid 2017 is an 18 and older show at Smith’s Olde Bar Saturday, May 20, 7:30pm, starring Dan Baird (former lead singer of The Georgia Satellites.) 

All the proceeds from the evening benefit MusiCares

Kaedy spoke with her old friend Dan about the show.

Get your tickets here.

Interview with legendary Carl Palmer

Bryan Steffy/WireImage

Interview with legendary Carl Palmer

Kaedy spoke with legendary drummer and founding member of Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Asia, about his upcoming May 9th show at The City Winery

Hear about Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy band with their musical celebration of ELP called Emerson Lake and Palmer Lives On!

Listen to the full interview.

Get tickets at City Winery.

Palmer also recently launched his official ELP website: 

www.emersonlakeandpalmerworldwide.com

Michelle Malone talks about reuniting with her band

Paras Griffin/Getty Images

Michelle Malone talks about reuniting with her band

Atlanta gem Michelle Malone is reuniting with her band from nearly 30 years ago, Michelle Malone and Drag the River, for a big show at The Vista Room this Saturday night, 4/15/17 .

Hear her catch up with Kaedy Kiely before they go on facebook live to finish the interview!

Tickets available at freshtix.com

Monti Carlo talks about her ‘Help My Yelp’ Food Network show

Monti Carlo/themonticarlo.com

Monti Carlo talks about her ‘Help My Yelp’ Food Network show

Kaedy and Monti Carlo are friends and were co-workers in Atlanta radio years ago. Monti has been making a name for herself on TV on some big food shows, and will now star in her own that debuts on The Food Network Monday night (4/10/17) at 10 p.m. The first Help My Yelp episode with Monti features Barbecue Street in Kennesaw!!

Hear Kaedy catch up with her old buddy below.

‘Help My Yelp’ airs Tuesdays at 4|3 c on The Food network.

The show is also available on Food Network’s YoutTube channel.

Kaedy Kiely’s Interview with Paul O’Neill

Paul Bergen/Redferns

Kaedy Kiely’s Interview with Paul O’Neill

Kaedy interviewed Paul O’ Neill from TSO a few years ago. Listen to the full interview below.

 

Michelle Malone and Drag The River Reunion Show

Michelle Malone’s and Drag The River are doing a reunion show. Tune in for more!

The Atlanta-based singer-songwriter Michelle Malone will have her reunion show Saturday, April 15 at the new Atlanta venue The Vista Room, attached to Napoleon’s Grill on LaVista Road in Decatur.

Tickets available at freshtix.com

Furkids 15th Annual Birthday Bash 

Join Kaedy Kiely at Furkids 15th Annual Birthday Bash this Saturday, 6:30p at Fernbank, with New York Times best-selling author, and host of Animal Planet's My Cat from Hell, animal behaviorist Jackson Galaxy! Hear Kaedy’s interview with Furkids founder Samantha Shelton here, and purchase tickets for the event here 

Listen to the full interview below.

Interview with Cindy Wilson of B52s

Cindy Wilson of the B52s will be performing with her new project this Friday night, March 10, 2017, at Venkman’s before heading to SxSW in Texas next week. Kaedy spoke with Cindy about her new music and her history with the B52s. 

Tickets for her Atlanta show are available at www.venkmans.com.

Listen to the full interview below.

Interview with Ed Clark from Atlanta Motor Speedway 

Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR

Interview with Ed Clark from Atlanta Motor Speedway 

The big race weekend returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway March 3-5 culminating with NASCAR’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 on Sunday, March 5th.

Kaedy spoke with AMS President and General Manager, Ed Clark, about all the excitement planned for race weekend.

Details are at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.

Listen to the interview below.

Kenny Loggins talks with Kaedy about his new 'Footloose' children's book

Photo by Stephen Morales

Kenny Loggins talks with Kaedy about his new 'Footloose' children's book

Kenny Loggins will be autographing his new children’s book Footloose, with new, family-friendly lyrics, and a CD of him performing the new version of the song tucked into the back of the beautifully illustrated book. He’ll be in Atlanta at the 25th Book Festival of the MJCCA November 5th at 8:15pm.

Click here to purchase tickets.

He spoke with Kaedy about his new book, his family, being a first time grandfather, and much more!

Listen to the full interview below.

Kaedy's Conversations: Gregg Allman

Joel Fried/Getty Images

Kaedy's Conversations: Gregg Allman

Gregg Allman’s Laid Back Fest is at Lakewood Amphitheater this Saturday, October 29th.

The music is on 2 stages starting at 4pm, including Mother’s Finest, Blackberry Smoke, Michelle Malone, ZZ Top, and Gregg Allman. The festival also features a great selection of food trucks and local craft brews.

Kaedy and her buddy Melissa Ruggieri, Music Scene writer for The AJC, interviewed Gregg about his health, new music, the festival, and more!

Listen to the full interview below.

Kaedy's Conversations: Ed Roland talks about Rock Chastain 2016

Chris McKay

Kaedy's Conversations: Ed Roland talks about Rock Chastain 2016

Kaedy Kiely and Melissa Ruggieri from ajc.com talked with Ed Roland of Collective Soul about “Rock Chastain 2016” Saturday night at Chastain Park Amphitheater. Ed’s Sweet Tea Project is playing the benefit for The Chastain Park Conservancy with Drivin’ n’ Cryin’, Whiskey Gentry, and Brian Collins.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com.

Listen to the full interview below.

Kaedy's Conversations: Rick Wakeman Interview

Mick Hutson/Redferns

Kaedy's Conversations: Rick Wakeman Interview

Infamous keyboard player, Rick Wakeman, spoke with Kaedy Kiely about his upcoming show with former Yes bandmates Jon Anderson and Trevor Rabin – ARW, The Music of Yes and More at the Fox Theatre October 10th 2016.

Hear Rick talk about new music, his late bandmate Chris Squire, and his friendship with David Bowie.

Listen to the full interview below or click here.

Kaedy's conversations: Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ Interview

Joey Foley/Getty Images

Kaedy's conversations: Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ Interview

Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ are headlining a benefit concert for The Chastain Park Conservancy on October 15, 2016 at Chastain Park Amphitheater. “Rock Chastain 2016” includes Ed Roland & The Sweet Tea Project, The Whiskey Gentry, and Brian Collins, and The River’s Kaedy Kiely will be emceeing the evening’s event. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster, and a percentage of every ticket is tax deductible.

Kaedy recently talked to Kevn Kinney of Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ about his participation in Rock Chastain 2016, and more.

Listen to the full interview below.

Interview with Jack Huston

Kaedy interviewed Jack Huston, the actor who plays Judah Ben Hur in the new version of the movie Ben Hur.  LISTEN HERE.

Interview with Kansas Guitarist Richard Williams

Kaedy recently interviewed Rich Williams, guitarist for Kansas, about their new album coming out in September and their concert at Symphony Hall on October 7, 2016.

LISTEN HERE

Peter Wolf interview with Kaedy Kiely

Kaedy Kiely talked with Peter Wolf of the legendary J. Geils Band, who will be performing solo at The Egyptian Ballroom at The Fox Theatre on June 3rd.  LISTEN HERE 

Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues

Kaedy Kiely talked with Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues who are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this Saturday night at The Fox Theatre. LISTEN HERE.

Al Pitrelli of Transiberian Orchestra

Kaedy talked with Al Pitrelli of Transiberian Orchestra about their show at Infinate Energy Center on Wednesday December 16. Listen HERE.

Ed Clark of Atlanta Motor Speedway

Kaedy interviewed Ed Clark, President and General Manager of Atlanta Motor Speedway, about some great deals just announced for Race Weekend 2/26 – 28 2016. Ed also announced that fans can watch a number of NASCAR teams testing for the big race  at AMS on October 29th from 9-5. The event is FREE to the public! Listen HERE.

Kaedy's Conversations: Sonequa Martin Green

I’m sooooo psyched, The Walking Dead’s season 6 starts this Sunday night at 9 on AMC. I got to talk to one of the show’s stars, Sonequa Martin Green, who plays Sasha, about all things Walking Dead and more! Listen HERE.

Kaedy's Conversations: Kevn Kinney

Paul Bergen/Redferns

Kaedy's Conversations: Kevn Kinney

Kaedy had Kevn Kinney of Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ in the studio with her Tuesday to talk about the band’s induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame this Saturday night. The live awards show will be broadcast on GPB starting at 8pm. The 2015 inductees also include Gregg Allman, Monica Pearson, and a posthumous award in honor of comedian Tim Wilson.

 

Off the air, Kaedy talked to Kevn about his favorite band. Listen to this great story about Kevn Kinney and his friend Johnny Ramone! Listen HERE.

 

            Chrisley Knows Best

Tommy Garcia

Chrisley Knows Best

This reality show filmed in Atlanta is one of Kaedy’s guilty pleasures. Todd and Julie Chrisley of Chrisley Knows Best spoke with Kaedy about a Chrisley spin-off, as well as a nighttime talk show with Todd – all while USA has just announced a fourth season for the original show. The third season finale of Chrisley Knows Best wraps up with a two-parter on July 21 at 9p on USA. Listen 6:12

Kansas

Kaedy spoke with Phil Ehart, drummer and original member of Kansas, about their tour with Boston, coming to Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Saturday night! Listen [9:03]

 

Fusing the complexity of British prog rock with an American heartland sound representative of their name, Kansas were among the most popular bands of the late '70s; though typically dismissed by critics, many of the group's hits remain staples of AOR radio play lists to this day. Formed in Topeka in 1970, the founding members of the group -- guitarist Kerry Livgren, bassist Dave Hope, and drummer Phil Ehart -- first played together while in high school; with the 1971 addition of classically trained violinist Robbie Steinhardt, they changed their name to White Clover, reverting back to the Kansas moniker for good upon the 1972 arrivals of vocalist/keyboardist Steve Walsh and guitarist Richard Williams. The group spent the early part of the decade touring relentlessly and struggling for recognition; initially, their mix of boogie and prog rock baffled club patrons, but in due time they established a strong enough following to win a record deal with the Kirshner label.

Kansas' self-titled debut LP appeared in 1974; while only mildly successful, the group toured behind it tirelessly, and their fan base grew to the point that their third effort, 1975's Masque, sold a quarter of a million copies. In 1976, Leftoverture truly catapulted Kansas to stardom. On the strength of the smash hit "Carry On Wayward Son," the album reached the Top Five and sold over three million copies. 1977's Point of Know Return was even more successful, spawning the monster hit "Dust in the Wind." While the 1978 live LP Two for the Show struggled to break the Top 40, its studio follow-up, Monolith, the band's first self-produced effort, reached the Top Ten. That same year, Walsh issued a solo record, Schemer-Dreamer.

In the wake of 1980's Audio-VisionsKansas began to splinter; both Hope and Livgren became born-again Christians, the latter issuing the solo venture Seeds of Change, and their newfound spirituality caused divisions within the band's ranks. Walsh soon quit to form a new band, Streets; the remaining members forged on without him, tapping vocalist John Elefante as his replacement. The first Kansas LP without Walsh, 1982's Vinyl Confessions, launched the hit "Play the Game Tonight," but after only one more album, 1983's Drastic Measures, they disbanded. In 1986, however, Kansas re-formed around EhartWilliams, and Walsh; adding the famed guitarist Steve Morse as well as bassist Billy Greer, the refurbished band debuted with the album Power, scoring a Top 20 hit with "All I Wanted." When the follow-up, 1988's In the Spirit of Things, failed to hit, seven years passed before the release of their next effort, Freaks of NatureAlways Never the Same followed in 1998. Seeing the return of founder singer/songwriter Kerry LivgrenSomewhere to Elsewhere was released in 2000. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

 

Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen

Michael Stewart

Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen

CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Bravo TV’s Andy Cohen are on a talk tour together as AC2, Deep Talk and Shallow Tales! Kaedy’s a BIG fan of both, and got a chance to speak to the 2 ACs recently about their show at Cobb Energy Center Saturday, June 20th.

Listen to the full interview below or click here.

Lou Gramm Interview

Jason Davis/Getty Images for IEBA

Lou Gramm Interview

Kaedy with Lou Gramm, former lead singer of Foreigner, is performing his Foreigner and solo hits with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and his band at Chastain Friday 6/4. Listen to the full interview below or Click here.

   

After rising to prominence as the frontman for the hard rock combo ForeignerLou Gramm mounted a successful solo career during the '80s, cracking the Top 10 in 1987 with the single "Midnight Blue" and repeating the process two years later with "Just Between You and Me." Born in Rochester, NY, on May 2, 1950, Gramm first surfaced as the drummer with the band Black Sheep, assuming lead vocal duties prior to recording the group's self-titled 1975 Capitol debut. Neither the album nor its follow-up, Encouraging Words, earned much mainstream notice, but they did capture the attention of journeyman guitarist Mick Jones, best known for his stint with a latter-day incarnation of Spooky ToothJones soon tappedGramm to front his new group, Foreigner, and together they began writing songs, co-authoring the smash "Cold as Ice" from their best-selling 1977 eponymous debut LP. Gramm's powerfully distinctive vocals were inescapable in the years to follow as Foreigner reeled off an impressive series of pop radio hits, including "Hot Blooded,""Double Vision,""Urgent," and "Waiting for a Girl Like You." The hits culminated in 1984's chart-topping power ballad "I Want to Know What Love Is," which became a number one hit in America, Norway, Sweden, New Zealand, and the U.K.

 

While Foreigner took a brief hiatus, Gramm made his solo debut in 1987 with Ready or Not and scored a major hit with "Midnight Blue."Foreigner reconvened and recorded another platinum-selling album, Inside Information, but Gramm maintained his solo success with 1989's Long Hard Look and soon left group to form his own band, Shadow King, which released its self-titled debut on Virgin Records in 1991. Shadow King proved to be short-lived, however, and in 1994 Gramm and Jones revived Foreigner for the release of Mr. Moonlight.

 

As the decade drew to an end, Gramm was sidelined with several health issues. He was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor on the eve of the band's planned Japanese tour in 1997, and the surgery that followed damaged his pituitary gland. After a year of rehabilitation and radiation treatment, the singer made a full recovery and resumed touring in 1999. He split with Foreigner once again in 2003, however, preferring to tour in support of his solo material instead. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

 

Tinsley Ellis on BB King's death

Atlanta Blues treasure Tinsley Ellis talks with Kaedy about his memories with B.B. King, who passed away last night at 89. Listen

More on B.B. King

 

Universally hailed as the reigning king of the blues, the legendary B.B. King is without a doubt the single most important electric guitarist of the last half century. His bent notes and staccato picking style have influenced legions of contemporary bluesmen, while his gritty and confident voice -- capable of wringing every nuance from any lyric -- provides a worthy match for his passionate playing. Between 1951 and 1985, King notched an impressive 74 entries on Billboard's R&B charts, and he was one of the few full-fledged blues artists to score a major pop hit when his 1970 smash "The Thrill Is Gone" crossed over to mainstream success (engendering memorable appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and American Bandstand). Since that time, he has partnered with such musicians as Eric Clapton and U2 while managing his own acclaimed solo career, all the while maintaining his immediately recognizable style on the electric guitar.

The seeds of Riley B. King's enduring talent were sown deep in the blues-rich Mississippi Delta, where he was born in 1925 near the town of Itta Bena. He was shuttled between his mother's home and his grandmother's residence as a child, his father having left the family when King was very young. The youth put in long days working as a sharecropper and devoutly sang the Lord's praises at church before moving to Indianola -- another town located in the heart of the Delta -- in 1943.

Country and gospel music left an indelible impression on King's musical mindset as he matured, along with the styles of blues greats (T-Bone Walker and Lonnie Johnson) and jazz geniuses (Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt). In 1946, he set off for Memphis to look up his cousin, a rough-edged country blues guitarist named Bukka White. For ten invaluable months, White taught his eager young relative the finer points of playing blues guitar. After returning briefly to Indianola and the sharecropper's eternal struggle with his wife Martha, King returned to Memphis in late 1948. This time, he stuck around for a while.

King was soon broadcasting his music live via Memphis radio station WDIA, a frequency that had only recently switched to a pioneering all-black format. Local club owners preferred that their attractions also held down radio gigs so they could plug their nightly appearances on the air. When WDIA DJ Maurice "Hot Rod" Hulbert exited his air shift, King took over his record-spinning duties. At first tagged "The Peptikon Boy" (an alcohol-loaded elixir that rivaled Hadacol) when WDIA put him on the air, King's on-air handle became "The Beale Street Blues Boy," later shortened to Blues Boy and then a far snappier B.B.

King had a four-star breakthrough year in 1949. He cut his first four tracks for Jim Bulleit's Bullet Records (including a number entitled "Miss Martha King" after his wife), then signed a contract with the Bihari Brothers' Los Angeles-based RPM RecordsKing cut a plethora of sides in Memphis over the next couple of years for RPM, many of them produced by a relative newcomer named Sam Phillips (whose Sun Records was still a distant dream at that point in time). Phillips was independently producing sides for both the Biharis and Chess; his stable also included Howlin' WolfRosco Gordon, and fellow WDIA personality Rufus Thomas.

The Biharis also recorded some of King's early output themselves, erecting portable recording equipment wherever they could locate a suitable facility. King's first national R&B chart-topper in 1951, "Three O'Clock Blues" (previously waxed by Lowell Fulson), was cut at a Memphis YMCA. King's Memphis running partners included vocalist Bobby Bland, drummer Earl Forest, and ballad-singing pianist Johnny Ace. When King hit the road to promote "Three O'Clock Blues," he handed the group, known as the Beale Streeters, over to Ace.

It was during this era that King first named his beloved guitar "Lucille." Seems that while he was playing a joint in a little Arkansas town called Twist, fisticuffs broke out between two jealous suitors over a lady. The brawlers knocked over a kerosene-filled garbage pail that was heating the place, setting the room ablaze. In the frantic scramble to escape the flames, King left his guitar inside. He foolishly ran back in to retrieve it, dodging the flames and almost losing his life. When the smoke had cleared, King learned that the lady who had inspired such violent passion was named Lucille. Plenty of Lucilles have passed through his hands since; Gibson has even marketed a B.B.-approved guitar model under the name.

The 1950s saw King establish himself as a perennially formidable hitmaking force in the R&B field. Recording mostly in L.A. (the WDIA air shift became impossible to maintain by 1953 due to King's endless touring) for RPM and its successor KentKing scored 20 chart items during that musically tumultuous decade, including such memorable efforts as "You Know I Love You" (1952); "Woke Up This Morning" and "Please Love Me" (1953); "When My Heart Beats like a Hammer," "Whole Lotta' Love," and "You Upset Me Baby" (1954); "Every Day I Have the Blues" (another Fulson remake), the dreamy blues ballad "Sneakin' Around," and "Ten Long Years" (1955); "Bad Luck," "Sweet Little Angel," and a Platters-like "On My Word of Honor" (1956); and "Please Accept My Love" (first cut by Jimmy Wilson) in 1958. King's guitar attack grew more aggressive and pointed as the decade progressed, influencing a legion of up-and-coming axemen across the nation.

In 1960, King's impassioned two-sided revival of Joe Turner's "Sweet Sixteen" became another mammoth seller, and his "Got a Right to Love My Baby" and "Partin' Time" weren't far behind. But Kent couldn't hang onto a star like King forever (and he may have been tired of watching his new LPs consigned directly into the 99-cent bins on the Biharis' cheapo Crown logo). King moved over to ABC-Paramount Records in 1962, following the lead of Lloyd PriceRay Charles, and before long, Fats Domino.

In November of 1964, the guitarist cut his seminal Live at the Regal album at the fabled Chicago theater and excitement virtually leaped out of the grooves. That same year, he enjoyed a minor hit with "How Blue Can You Get," one of his many signature tunes. "Don't Answer the Door" in 1966 and "Paying the Cost to Be the Boss" two years later were Top Ten R&B entries, and the socially charged and funk-tinged "Why I Sing the Blues" just missed achieving the same status in 1969.

Across-the-board stardom finally arrived in 1969 for the deserving guitarist, when he crashed the mainstream consciousness in a big way with a stately, violin-drenched minor-key treatment of Roy Hawkins' "The Thrill Is Gone" that was quite a departure from the concise horn-powered backing King had customarily employed. At last, pop audiences were convinced that they should get to know King better: not only was the track a number-three R&B smash, it vaulted to the upper reaches of the pop lists as well.

King was one of a precious few bluesmen to score hits consistently during the 1970s, and for good reason: he wasn't afraid to experiment with the idiom. In 1973, he ventured to Philadelphia to record a pair of huge sellers, "To Know You Is to Love You" and "I Like to Live the Love," with the same silky rhythm section that powered the hits of the Spinners and the O'Jays. In 1976, he teamed up with his old cohort Bland to wax some well-received duets. And in 1978, he joined forces with the jazzy Crusaders to make the gloriously funky "Never Make Your Move Too Soon" and an inspiring "When It All Comes Down." Occasionally, the daring deviations veered off-course; Love Me Tender, an album that attempted to harness the Nashville country sound, was an artistic disaster.

Although his concerts were consistently as satisfying as anyone in the field (King asserted himself as a road warrior of remarkable resiliency who gigged an average of 300 nights a year), King tempered his studio activities somewhat. Nevertheless, his 1993 MCA disc Blues Summit was a return to form, as King duetted with his peers (John Lee HookerEtta JamesFulsonKoko Taylor) on a program of standards. Other notable releases from that period include 1999's Let the Good Times Roll: The Music of Louis Jordan and 2000's Riding with the King, a collaboration with Eric ClaptonKing celebrated his 80th birthday in 2005 with the star-studded album 80, which featured guest spots from such varied artists asGloria EstefanJohn Mayer, and Van MorrisonLive was issued in 2008; that same year, King released an engaging return to pure blues, One Kind Favor, which eschewed the slick sounds of his 21st century work for a stripped-back approach. A long overdue career-spanning box set of King's over 60 years of touring, recording, and performing, Ladies and Gentlemen...Mr. B.B. King, appeared in 2012. ~ Bill Dahl, Rovi

 

Steve Winwood

Kaedy recently interviewed the legendary Steve Winwood of the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith, and who has a remarkable solo career, and will be performing at The Fox Theatre May 1st. Tickets are still available at www.foxtheatre.org.

Listen

 
Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular

David A. Beloff/Getty Images

Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular

Kaedy spoke with Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular producer, Steve Monistere about the April 2nd Variety Playhouse show. Don’t miss this amazing show with the crystal clear music of Pink Floyd accompanied by a laser extravaganza! Listen

 

The Atlanta Rhythm Section

Kaedy with the lead singer for The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Rodney Justo. 

The band is playing this Sunday at 4 in Doraville at the Village Outdoor Market. More info at villageoutdoormarket.com

Listen

 
Kaedy's Conversations - Gilbert Gottfried

www.x1071atlanta.com

Kaedy's Conversations - Gilbert Gottfried

He is performing at The Improv Atlanta Comedy Club tonight at 8 and tomorrow and Saturday night for 2 shows each night at 8 & 10p. More information

 

Listen

Kaedy's Conversations - Tom Green

Tom Green is performing two shows tomorrow night and Saturday night at The Improv Atlanta Comedy Club and Dinner Theater.

Listen here

 
The Other Side of the River - HD2 Listen Live Now