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Steve Walsh (musician)

Steve Walsh
Steve Walsh performing in 2012, photo by Wayne Camlin
Background information
Born (1951-06-15) June 15, 1951
St. Louis, Missouri
Origin Georgia
Genres Progressive rock, hard rock
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter
Instruments guitar, vibraphone, trumpet, percussion, harmonica
Associated acts Kansas, Streets

Steve Walsh (born June 15, 1951) is an American musician, singer and songwriter best known for his work as a member of the progressive rock band Kansas.[1] He sings lead on Kansas' four best-known hits: "Carry On Wayward Son," "Dust in the Wind", "Point of Know Return", and "All I Wanted", the last two of which he also co-wrote.

Contents

  • Career 1
  • Personal life 2
  • Discography 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Career

Walsh was in a number of local groups prior to his joining Kansas, most notably a group named "White Clover" which ultimately became Kansas. The band White Clover toured relentlessly and sharpened their brand of distinctively American, hard-rocking progressive music. Kansas and White Clover merged and the group was signed to Don Kirshner's label and newly merged bands decided to go with the name Kansas.

During Walsh's time with the band, Kansas recorded two enormously successful albums, 1976's Leftoverture and 1977's Point of Know Return. With Kansas, Walsh has released 12 studio albums, six live albums, and numerous singles. He has released three solo albums thus far.

Walsh left Kansas after 1980's Audio-Visions due to creative differences with the band's primary song writer Kerry Livgren. Earlier in 1980, he released his first solo album, Schemer-Dreamer, which included band mates Kerry Livgren, Rich Williams and Phil Ehart, as well as guitarist Steve Morse (who in 1985 would join the revamped Kansas). It contains the popular song "Every Step of the Way". In 1982 he formed a rock band called Streets, which released the albums 1st in 1983 and Crimes in Mind in 1985 before disbanding.

Steve Walsh in 2008, by Randy Idleman

As a guest vocalist, Steve Walsh has appeared on numerous other artists' recordings.

Kansas (who had obtained a different vocalist, John Elefante) split in 1984, but reformed in 1985 with Walsh back on board. He remained with the band until his retirement in 2014.

Walsh released his second solo album, entitled Glossolalia, in 2000. His third, Shadowman followed in 2005 (reissued in 2007 with bonus tracks), with the collaboration of such musicians as Joe Franco on drums, Joel Kosche on guitars and bass, and David Ragsdale on the re-issued version of the album's bonus tracks.

On June 30, 2014, Steve announced he would retire from Kansas after 41 years. This was publicized through a statement posted on the band's official Facebook page on July 2: "On June 30, 2014, Steve Walsh informed the members of KANSAS that he is resigning from the band. His last performance with KANSAS was August 16, 2014, in Sioux City, Iowa, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. As KANSAS continues on, the band wishes Steve only the best in his future endeavors, and thanks him for the 41 years."

In 2015 Steve contributed vocals to the latest Radioactive album entitled 'F4Ur', which was released on April 7th on the song 'The Piper'. Additionally, Steve is scheduled to appear with 'The Rock Pack' on November 19, 2015 at The Germain Arena in Fort Meyers, Florida along with other classic rock artists including John Payne of Asia, Bobby Kimball of Toto, Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, Fee Waybill of The Tubes and Mickey Thomas of Starship.

Personal life

Steve Walsh was born June 15, 1951 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was recently divorced, but he has a son named Bleu who was born in 1980, a daughter named Olivia who was born in 1999, and another son in 2006.

Discography

Solo

Streets

Contributions

Kansas

Studio Albums
Live Albums
Compilations

References

  1. ^ "History". kansasband.com. Retrieved 31 October 2010. 

External links

  • Official website for Kansas
  • http://www.steve-walsh.de
  • http://www.melodicrock.com/showcase/stevewalsh-shadowman.html
  • http://www.progrockrecords.com/press/view.php?id=95
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