My life as an obsessive music fan started early. The first records that I can remember buying with “my own” money (a.k.a. allowance/gift money) were the 45 of Stevie Wonder’s hit single Master Blaster (Jammin’) and the LP of KISS’s Rock and Roll Over. The summer of 1980 was a big year for me. For my 9th birthday I received Pink Floyd’s The Wall, Tom Petty’s Damn the Torpedoes and the epic double album soundtrack to the Village People’s Can’t Stop the Music (starring Bruce Jenner).
Okay, I might not have had the best taste in the world, but I had passion. Over the years my passion for music has never diminished, although my taste has settled into blues- and country- based rock that sounds like it comes from 1972. It’s not surprising, therefore, that my favorite band over the last 20 years has been The Black Crowes. To my ears, The Black Crowes are one of the few remaining bands that plays new music that sounds like it comes from the heyday of guitar rock. They are the torchbearers of a dying tradition. And while the flame of rock and roll has been diminished, it hasn’t been extinguished – and it never will as long as bands like the Crowes keep on keepin’ on.
Life twists and turns in unexpected directions and in the last year I’ve found myself working with the drummer of The Black Crowes, Steve Gorman, on a sports and pop culture podcast. With the Crowes about to celebrate their 20th anniversary with a new double album, Croweology, that features acoustic versions of 20 of their classic songs, I asked Steve if I could interview him on the podcast about the new album, the last 20 years of music and a lifetime in rock and roll.
If you have a passion for music (especially if you love rock and roll and The Black Crowes) I think you’ll really enjoy this conversation. Please let me know if you do. Thanks.
Click to listen: SGS! Episode #15