Rock http://aspenpublicradio.org en John Waite http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/john-waite <p><em>"Songs, and songwriting keeps me inspired, moving forward. I tend to scribble down notes, lyrics or just random thoughts on pieces of paper, backs of cigarette packs, sometimes on my shirt cuff. Rock n’ roll is closest thing I’ve got to a spiritual power. It’s been the higher voice in my life and it’s never let me down."</em></p><p>So says legendary singer-songwriter John Waite, whose career as a solo artist and fronting the iconic bands The Babys and Bad English has spanned nearly four decades. Waite recently released a new career retrospective, BEST. The album features 18 handpicked songs that reflect a remarkable body of work, including eleven studio hits -- three of which were recently re-recorded -- five live songs, and two unplugged tracks.</p><p>Waite has been successfully writing, recording and performing some of the most listenable, enduring and appreciated popular music for more than 35 years. He rose to fame as bassist and lead vocalist for The Babys, who rocketed to Top 20 chart positions with a pair of infections hits - “Isn’t it Time” from the band’s 1977 sophomore LP, Broken Heart and the monster ballad, “Every Time I Think of You” off 1978’s Head First.</p><p>After the breakup of The Babys--prompted by a serious injury to Waite in 1980 when he was pulled from the stage by an overzealous fan during an encore--Waite began an abundant and prodigious solo career, ignited by the well-received 1982 release, Ignition, which featured the hit single, “Change.”&nbsp; John’s next solo effort, 1984’s No Brakes, did exactly what the title inferred, barreling at runaway train speed to international acclaim and U.S. platinum success thanks to the smash hit, “Missing You,” which did not stop until it reached Number 1 on the Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles, Album Rock Tracks and Adult Contemporary charts. The following up single, “Tears” was a top 10 hit on the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts.</p><p>In 1988, a reunion with former Baby’s band mates, Jonathan Cain and Ricky Phillips –along with uber-guitarist Neal Schon from Journey and drummer Deen Castronovo –resulted in the John Waite fronted supergroup, Bad English. And in 1989, the group’s ballad, “When I See You Smile,” – penned by Grammy-winning songwriter, Diane Warren – went to Number 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and was certified Gold. The album reached Top Five and sold more than two million units in the U.S. alone. Bad English released two albums before breaking up in 1992.</p><p>Since returning to the recording studio and concert trek as a solo artist in 1995, John has produced a string of solid, existentially eccentric, courageously eclectic and blisteringly electric rock n’ roll records, including 1995’s Temple Bar, 1997’s When You Were Mine, 2001’s Figure in a Landscape, 2004’s The Hard Way, 2006’s Downtown: Journey of a Heart, 2010’s In Real Time and 2011's Rough and Tumble, the title track of which earned Waite a Grammy nomination.</p><p><a href="http://www.johnwaiteworldwide.com" target="_blank">http://www.johnwaiteworldwide.com</a></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:58:00 +0000 Daniel Shaw 21280 at http://aspenpublicradio.org John Waite Royal Southern Brotherhood http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/royal-southern-brotherhood <p>Check 1, 2 host Daniel Shaw meet up with the Royal Southern Brotherhood just before they hit the stage at the Snowmass Mammoth Fest on Sunday, June 15<sup>th</sup>.</p><p>Here’s a bio write-up from the band’s website:</p><p>The Brotherhood is back. Some might say they’ve never been away. Two years have passed since 2012’s self-titled debut album, but the genre-splicing all-star Southerners have barely paused for breath.<br /> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:27:00 +0000 Daniel Shaw 20128 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Royal Southern Brotherhood Jazz Aspen Snowmass Summer Preview http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/jazz-aspen-snowmass-summer-preview <p>Nothing kicks off summer in the Valley like the Jazz Aspen Snowmass June festival. JAS founder and president Jim Horowitz sits down to discuss this year's festival, the 24<sup>th</sup> annual, plus the JAS summer music series at the Little Nell on this edition of “Check 1, 2”. This year is loaded with big names and big talent returning to the Benedict Music Tent – Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Steve Winwood, and Trombone Shorty headlining. The free lawn party outside the tent will also be in full force with rocking music from Red Barat, Terence Simien, Selena Albright, and Calixto's Way providing the soundtrack along with bountiful food &amp; drink. So enjoy the interview with Jim and go see some live music!<br /><br />Learn more about the festival: <a href="http://jazzaspensnowmass.org">jazzaspensnowmass.org</a><br /> Wed, 28 May 2014 21:27:00 +0000 Daniel Shaw 19170 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Jazz Aspen Snowmass Summer Preview CrossCurrents - Stephen Harris, Part 2 http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/crosscurrents-stephen-harris-part-2 <p></p><p>Stephen Harris (aka "Haggis") of Mt. Sinai Medical School. Harris was a bassist with the heavy metal band <em>The Cult</em> in the 80s, a painter and rock climber in the 90s and is now a documentary filmmaker and third year medical student at Mt. Sinai in NYC. This is the final part in a 2-part series.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 07 May 2014 17:35:40 +0000 Carolyne Heldman 18153 at http://aspenpublicradio.org CrossCurrents - Stephen Harris, Part 2 CrossCurrents - Stephen Harris, Part 1 http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/crosscurrents-stephen-harris-part-1 <p>Stephen Harris (aka "Haggis") of Mt. Sinai Medical School. Harris was a bassist with the heavy metal bandThe Cult in the 80s, a painter and rock climber in the 90s and is now a documentary filmmaker and third year medical student at Mt. Sinai in NYC. Part 1 of 2.</p><p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:28:00 +0000 Carolyne Heldman 17768 at http://aspenpublicradio.org CrossCurrents - Stephen Harris, Part 1