Alvin Lee electrified Woodstock with his blazing guitar on Ten Years After’s performance of Going Home, but in 1974 he was pivoting in a different direction. Here he sat down in his English Manor and talked with KLRB DJ Donna Frantz about his time with the group, his new solo direction and live album In Flight, and collaborating with George Harrison and other famous musicians.
It’s late 1977, the Talking Heads had just released their first album, but Psycho Killer had not yet entered the zeitgeist, and the Top 40 hit Take Me to The River was still in the future. They were playing small clubs and college campuses when they dropped by KLRB Carmel to chat with the always-entertaining DJ, Robert Walker.
After selling his first photograph at age 16 for the album cover of Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush, Joel Bernstein went on to shoot many more album pics, as well as photos for Time, Rolling Stone, and others. In addition, he’s provided guitar support and photos for Bob Dylan, David Crosby, and Graham Nash. Here he sits down with long-time friend, KLRB’s own DJ Donna Frantz, to spin some favorite, sometimes rare, discs and talk about the music biz.
This vintage interview captures one of Fleetwood Mac’s founding members at a very interesting point in time: Buckingham and Nicks had just joined the band, and their new Fleetwood Mac album had been released... the LP was doing well, but no one had any idea what a huge hit it was going to be. DJ Donna asks some revealing questions.
Lonesome George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers had just released their first album when they dropped by the studio to chat and play with Steve Seaweed. They weren’t famous yet and were playing small clubs, and, fortunately for us, KLRB. George brought his guitar, the bass player had a little amp, and the drummer played on the desk as they positively smoked through a few live songs.
KLRB favorites The Fabulous Thunderbirds had just released their first album when they dropped by the station to chat with Bob Stock in 1979 or 1980 (we’re a little hazy on the exact date). This was a few years before they hit it big, so they were playing small venues, in this case the Barn at Carmel’s Mission Ranch.
Long before she made it big with her “Workout” videos, Jane Fonda was very active in politics. In this 1976 interview, we join KLRB’s David Bean in progress as he talks with Jane about her then-husband Tom Hayden’s Senate Campaign, nuclear power, Dennis Banks, and benefit concerts. FYI - Hayden lost his 1976 challenge for US Senate, but did later serve in California’s State Assembly and Senate.
Jesse Colin Young first released an album with the Youngbloods in 1967, featuring the all-time hit “Get Together”. His 7-minute 1972 tune “Ridgetop” was a classic KLRB “long song” that spoke to an idyllic life, still being pursued by many in Northern California. In 1977 Jesse spoke with KLRB’s Donna Frantz from his home in Marin County.
More interviews to come: keep dropping by.
A big thank you goes out to ex-KLRBer Michael Reading for some excellent editing.
Also a big thank you to Donna's husband Robert Greenfield for entrusting these interviews (and a lot of other material to come) to us.
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