10,000 Maniacs were mainstays in the alternative rock genre in the late 1980's through the mid-1990's. Celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, the multi-platinum selling band maintains their free-flowing sound today with their lead singer and violinist Mary Ramsey, front and center. The bands co-founder, Steve Gustafson joins Mary in huddling up on their tour bus, before performing in September of 2021, to talk with award-winning CAT host Ray White about their latest music. Steve and Mary also share insights about the history of the band, technology in the music industry and their latest release -Live at the Belly Up. Catch more about the band on Episode 082 of our show, when co-founder Dennis Drew hangs with us. In our showcase segment, we travel back taking a look at the career of Graeme Edge, who was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018 as a member of The Moody Blues. He was the last of the original members that was with the band until they disbanded several years ago. Graeme, who also was leader of The Graeme Edge Band throughout the 70's, left this physical world on November 11, 2021. Alternative and Progressive Rock...you'll find the latest on Classic Artists Today.
Al Stewart is a phenomenal folk-rock musician who has 16 studio albums, since the late 1960's. After releasing 6 albums he hit paydirt on his Year of The Cat release in 1976. The album was certified platinum and to celebrate its 45th anniversary, a remastered release has recently been issued which includes previously unreleased concert tracks. Ray White, the CAT's award-winning program director, sat down with Al in September of 2011 to talk about his last studio album Sparks of Ancient Light and several highlights during his storied career. In our showcase segment we'll feature Ringo Starr, who has a new EP out titled Change The World. Closing out this episode we'll remember the front man of the 60's pop band Jay and the Americans - Jay Black, who passed away on October 22, 2021. Awesome musicians who launched their respected careers in the 1960's - an evolutionary time for pop and rock music. We have them, on the CAT!