Kansas's John Elefante, Along with Syntax, Unveils New Album
... still blows my mind that we went from a tiny local label to being one of the largest independent distributors specializing in everything from bluegrass to hip hop." John Elefante is a celebrated singer, songwriter, producer and performer. He sang lead vocals and wrote music with Kansas
for three multi-platinum albums. As a record producer, his albums earned numerous Dove Awards, four Grammy Awards (most recently in 2000) and ten Grammy nominations. Learn more about John Elefante at www.johnelefante.com. Syntax Distribution, based in San Diego, California, is one of the top independent digital distributors representing more than 100 record labels. Syntax handles many top independent artists such as Tamela Mann, Propaganda, Marvin Winans, Sho Baraka, John P. Kee, Flame, and Braille among others. Their record label clientele includes Central South, CLG Distribution, Pinecastle Records, Crossroads Music, Humble Beast, among others. To learn more, visit www.syntaxdistribution.com. # # # Kansas
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Original Kansas Lineup Reuniting
... (Classic Rock) The original lineup of Kansas
will reunite for the first time in over 30 years at a 40th anniversary concert later in 2013. Kerry Livgren, Dave Hope and Robby Steinhardt will make guest appearances with Phil Ehart, Steve Walsh and Rich Williams during the celebratory event on August 17 in the Benedum Centre, Pittsburgh, PA. Kansas
are planning a two-set show. They'll be accompanied by a 35-piece symphony orchestra for the first part, then after an intermission they'll deliver a selection of classics. Drummer Ehart says: "We do a symphony set then we do a regular set. And in the meantime we have Dave, Kerry and Robby playing on different songs with the current band throughout the whole show. We've got some great stuff planned for the intermission too - it's gonna rock." more on this story Classic Rock Magazine is an official news provider for antiMusic.com. Copyright Classic Rock Magazine- Excerpted here with permission. Original Kansas
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GWAR Covers Kansas' "Carry On My Wayward Son"
... Goto commentsLeave a commentShare AV Club invited GWAR to cover Kansas
's class "Carry On My Wayward Son." GWAR is a satirical heavy metal band from Virginia that got started in 1984. The band is known for its lively graphic stage performances and politically taboo themes and lyrics. 2012 was a huge year for GWAR. The band recently changed revealed a new lead guitarist and announced a set of dates for their Fall or Chaos Tour. Kansas
is an American rock band from the 1970s and they are best known for their hit, "Dust in the Wind." Check out the cover below: GWAR Covers Kansas
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Kansas (1970-1983, 1986-)
Kerry Livgren (guitar, keyboards) 1970-1986
Steve Walsh (vocals, keyboards) 1971-1981, 1986-
Robby Steinhardt (violin, vocals) 1970-1986
Richard Williams (guitar) 1970-
Phil Ehart (drums) 1970-
Dave Hope (bass) 1970-1986
John Elfante (vocals) 1981-1986
Steve Morse (guitar) 1986-
Billy Greer (bass) 1986-
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They were interviewed for a VH1 Behind The Music, but the show was never produced because their off-stage lives were too dull.
They started out playing bars in the Midwest. They hated playing cover songs, but had to because the bar owners would not let them play originals. They got around it by playing their own songs and saying they were new songs from The Allman Brothers.
Topeka is the capital of Kansas. That's where they formed.
While they formed in Kansas, they've done the majority of their recording in Nashville, Tennessee, the capital of country music.
Morse, before joining Kansas, had been a commercial airline pilot. He had also played with Dixie Dregs and the Steve Morse Band.
Livgren is a born-again Christian. He recorded a solo album called Seeds Of Change that stayed on the Gospel charts for a year and a half.
The band began as Kansas, then changed their name to White Clover with the addition of Steinhardt. They changed it back before the release of their first album.
Steinhardt's father was the chairman of the music history department at the University of Kansas. When the family traveled to Europe, Robby played violin with several orchestras there.
Where Livgren found success as a performer of Christian music, Elefante became a producer of contemporary Christian music.
John Elefante produced at least one album for the band Scarecrow and Tinmen.
Robbie Steinhardt had a band in Tampa called Steinhardt/Moon for years. (thanks, chas - tampa, FL, for above 2)
Steinhardt is the only original member not from Topeka. He was the concertmaster of the Lawrence, KS High School orchestra. (thanks, Mark - Fort Worth, TX)
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