Artist Interview: Jack Blades on The Jamcast Print
Monday, 26 February 2007 04:55
In Session 1 of The Jamcast with Jack Blades, Ken and Jack discuss his transition from a guitar player to a bass player at a young age. You'll hear how Jack and Tommy Shaw hooked-up in 1989 in the Damn Yankees, and how they wrote "High Enough" at Tommy's New York apartment in 30-minutes. Plus, you'll hear how Ted Nugent tweaked the song. Listen to Session 1 >

Shaw-Blades INFLUENCE is due out on March 6 and is the duo’s first album since their recently re-released 1995 debut, HALLUCINATION. Like the debut--and unlike their history-carving decades as icons in the more hard-rock minded Styx, Night Ranger and Damn Yankees--the latest release is rooted in acoustic guitar and organic production, harvesting a decade of musical influences into 11 tracks (on which Blades and Shaw played all the music except for drums and the occasional keyboards). With classics from the ‘60s and ‘70s including the Mamas and the Papas’ “California Dreamin’,” Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” and Steely Dan’s “Dirty Work,” INFLUENCE offers a track-by-track chronology of the musical era that helped define modern rock.