Showing posts from August, 2020

A Conversation With Original E Street Band Drummer Vini Lopez

 There has always been a mythology surrounding Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band.  Rising from the bars of the Jersey shore to become the greatest live stadium act in rock, their history is well chronicled, but founding drummer Vini Lopez took some time to tell his story.   Please press the PLAY icon below for the MisplacedStraws Conversation with Vini Lopez: On the origins of the E Street Band - (Southside) John (Lyon) and I, we were in a lot of the same classes together, he's right next to me in the yearbook, his picture and my picture together. In those days, before UpStage,  I played with Sonny, and the Starfires with Sonny Kenn and the fellas in that band. We went on for a while, and then I became friends with Garry (Tallent), and I went over and I started playing with him and Tom Woriero and Ricky DeSarno in the Moment of Truth that was like, the end of '66, 1967. That's when we all kind of graduated high school. So during high school, I was actually, it was

The Blues Fix - Kirk Fletcher

The Blues may be one of the oldest forms of American music, but that doesn't mean there aren't vital, modern, and exciting blues artists on the scene today.  In the premiere of  The Blues Fix I have the chance to talk to one such artist, guitarist Kirk Fletcher.  Kirk has played with Joe Bonamassa and The Fabulous Thunderbirds and is about to release his latest solo record My Blues Pathway .   Please press the PLAY icon below to hear my conversation with Kirk Fletcher: Kirk Fletcher released his first solo record in 1999, over the next 20+ years he would alternate between playing with other musicians, such as Joe Bonamassa and Kim Wilson, both in Kim's solo band and as a member of The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and his solo career. all of that experience comes to a head with his new release,  My Blues Pathway is a portrait of a confident, capable artist at the height of his powers.   Photo: Rick Gould The record is a mix of Fletcher's original compositions and purposely ch

A Conversation with The Black Moods' Josh Kennedy & Chico Diaz

 If you're looking for the perfect rock n' roll soundtrack to your summer, look no further than The Black Moods and their new record Sunshine.  The band brings together a perfect blend of 70's riffs with 90's alt-rock to create a modern rock sound that stands apart from other new bands. Singer/guitarist Josh Kennedy and drummer Chico Diaz recently took some time to talk about the new record, a live stream benefit they have coming up on 8/20, and more. Please press the PLAY icon below for the MisplacedStraws conversation with The Black Moods: On how The Black Moods started - Josh -  I grew up in Missouri, and I moved. There wasn't a budding rock scene in the southwest Missouri Bible belt, as you could imagine. So I packed up and moved to Phoenix to go to school, and, when I got out of school, I did my internship at the Gin Blossoms' recording studio. So I was just working there in Tempe, and Chico was from that area playing around and bands and, long story short,

A Conversation with Guns N' Roses/PSSR Drummer Frank Ferrer

 When Guns N' Roses has downtime between legs of its massive tour members gravitate to their side projects.  For drummer Frank Ferrer, that project is a band called PSSR that just released a new single called "The Last Time" and has a full record on the way.  Frank took some time to talk about PSSR and a bit about Guns. Please press the PLAY icon below for the MisplacedStraws Conversation with Frank Ferrer: On the members of PSSR - The current lineup of PSSR is Eric Jakobsen is the lead singer, Rob Bailey guitar player, and Bret Bass, the bass player. The bass player is actually named Bass. This lineup of pisser has been pretty consistent since about 2015. PSSR rose out of the ashes of this band that Richard Fortus and I were in with Eric in the late 90s called Honky Toast. We were signed to Sony and we did a record for Sony and it came out and we got dropped, like a regular rock and roll band, so and so. So Eric decided to keep it going, but he changed the name to PSSR w

A Conversation with Zebra Frontman Randy Jackson

No discussion of great debut records is complete without mentioning Zebra's self-titled 1983 record. Featuring hits like "Tell Me What You Want" and "Who's Behind The Door", the record was the fastest-selling debut in Atlantic Records history when it came out.  The band would put out two more records and Randy Jackson would continue to write, record and tour on his own and with Zebra.  Randy talked with me recently about the history of this unique band and his rock n' roll journey. Please press the PLAY icon below for the MisplacedStraws Conversation with Randy Jackson: On how Zebra formed - I met Felix (Hanemann), I just got out of high school and  I was hanging out at a place called The Library. It was actually a bar and it was located on the corner of Elysian Fields and Robert E. Lee in New Orleans. I'd be going down there playing foosball and stuff and Felix worked at the clothing store right next door and his roommate, and bandmate, Eldridge  M