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.
A few tracks into Meatloaf's introduction to the world, a husky-voiced narrator asks, "On a hot summer night, will you offer your throat to the wolf with the red roses?"
Rope-swinging and drunk night swimming had to be what Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Chronicle, Vol. 1" was compiled for. A greatest hits collection that really does stand up to its claim, the album is sweating with the steamiest swamp rock ever put to tape.
Growing up in St. Louis in the 1970s, in the heyday of Peaches Records and KSHE "Real Rock Radio," I heard a lot of Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band.
It's pretty much impossible to pigeonhole New Orleans-based band the Revivalists into any one genre, because their music is truly a fusion -- a delicious mix of rock, soul, funk and jazz with a dash of reggae and even hip-hop thrown in.
A road song, a dream song, a song about discovering songs, from New York to Memphis to Florida to the wide-open spaces of the West -- and beyond -- "American Ride" by Willie Nile takes in more places, spaces and stories than you'd think could ever be expressed in a single, great rock 'n' roll song.