Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
2 days ago | Inquiring Minds
Even among the eccentrics and characters of the Los Angeles rock scene in the 1960s and '70s, Kim Fowley stood out. A gadfly, scenester, and attention-drawer, he flitted from role to role as a record producer, band manager, songwriter, and singer/...
3 days ago | Concerts
Mickey Gilley is probably not into numerology. But there are two double digits that he brings up several times each during our interview: 83 (his age) and 17 (his Billboard No. 1 country music hits – the titles of most which he rattles off with ea...
10 days ago | Classic Rock Corner
In terms of health, influence, and popular usage, in 2019 it’s pretty safe (but sad) to say that printed newspapers have had their best days in the rearview mirror. But Tennessee-based Southern rockers The Steel Woods are conjuring up at least the...
14 days ago | Concerts
Since 1992, saxophonist Boney James has been on the road as a headliner a lot. A lot. And even before that, he spent seven years as a sideman to jazz and R&B artists like Morris Day, the Isley Brothers, Teena Marie, and Randy Crawford. In fact...
23 days ago | Classic Rock Corner
In the 1983 mockumentary film Zelig, Woody Allen plays the title character who – though not flashy himself – seems to pop up everywhere at important events and with well-known real-life people. He’s just always there. If rock and roll had its own ...
24 days ago | Classic Rock Corner
On “Hail Mary” – the opening track of Wide Open - Michael McDonald plaintively asks this question of the woman who he is desperately trying to win back: “Does the sound of my voice still carry?” And on 70+ minutes of the 2017 record of all-origina...