"I want to ride my life like a rocket from hell -- aim it for that far wall of the universe and break on through to a place with no story or name." - Bob Reuter
Bob Reuter, host of "Bob's Scratchy Records," died on August 3, 2013 at the age of 61. His voice and vision were an essential, irreplaceable part of KDHX and the St. Louis community.
Bob Reuter was one of the most talented, inspirational and uncompromising artists -- in the fullest sense of that word -- in St. Louis. The photographer, musician, writer and KDHX DJ left us all too soon. This song, "I Don't Think I Can Fly," featuring just Bob and his acoustic guitar, is one of his most powerful compositions.
The story of Bob Reuter and his transformation into the lead, howling spirit of Alley Ghost is well known by now. But what you might not know is that on his band's new 7" -- "Dana Dew" b/w "Brought Me to the Wire" -- he has never sounded more relentless, more alive and kicking, more like St. Louis' Poet Laureate of the North Side, South Side, Dark Side, Whatever Side Rock 'n' Roll Is On.
They're writing great songs, releasing albums and playing shows all the time. 2012 brought some fantastic releases from local St. Louis artists -- some brand new to the scene and others sounding better than ever.
As prolific as he is irascible, Bob Reuter ventured into the Space Parlour this Tuesday night for a live solo set. The St. Louis veteran may play an acoustic guitar, but he's a working class hero with a rocker's soul.