As Airto takes the stage, his presence fills the room. The large and powerful looking man appears almost gruff, unwelcoming, austere, intimidating at initial glance.
Every musician dreams of finding just the "right" band to join, but after meeting the other members of Alabama for the first time, Mark Herndon was glad that they didn’t hire him.
The Fabulous Thunderbirds are the real thing alright. Hailing (both literally and spiritually) from Southwest Texas (Austin, to be specific), the T-Birds seem to sum up the earthy spirit of the entire Gulf Coast region, playing axle grease fried blues and roots rock ’n’ roll with the kind of outcast authenticity that can only be learned, not earned.
To deem Bill Maxwell a "Christian drummer" is a half-truth at best. The implication is similar in effect to calling someone a "blues drummer" or a "country drummer. "
Vegas. It’s a word that conjures a succession of freeze-frame images: The glittering marquees that boast some of the world’s most dynamic performers; the smoke filled but lavishly decorated gambling casinos; the million-watt color of Las Vegas Boulevard, known as "The Strip."
Bruno Carr is not a household name with most drummers. But if you could ask Billie Holiday, Ray Charles, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Michael Franks, Aretha Franklin, Monte Alexander, Stanley Turrentine, Roy Ayers or King Curtis who Bruno Carr is, they would know.
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