Just on the heels of his 4th solo album, Black Butterfly, a new book is out about one of Classic Rock’s most iconic vocalists and keyboard players:
When They Call Out Your Name, Steve Walsh is a pictorial trek through his stellar career with stories from Steve himself, his peers, as well as quotes from radio. The foreword is by famed rock photographer Neal Preston, several of his photos are featured - some never before released. More full color photos from the author and other rock photographers.
The 70’s provided us with many faceless bands. REO Speedwagon, Journey, Foreigner, Kansas and many more. Because we didn’t associate faces with the band, it always came down to the music, and if it moved you. But the real engine was the vocalist. And if you look back at the guys selling the songs to us, the best of the bunch was the guy in Kansas. I could never remember any of their names, well, maybe Steve Perry, but I always loved the guy’s voice singing "Dust In the Wind" and the others. I knew his name was Walsh, because, well, I spent over a decade managing another Walsh…Joe. So then I hear about this book about THAT guy. Steve Walsh. And I read it. Wow, this guy was more than a singer, more than a front guy, more than a keyboard player. He is the real deal. Watching his life soar to upper rock star level, yet staying a humble and down to earth guy, is a story with intrigue, ups, downs and everything in between. I couldn’t put it down. More importantly, I’ll NEVER forget Steve Walsh’s name. He really put a face on one of those faceless bands. - David Spero (Executive at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, personal manager for Dickey Betts and more. Former clients include Joe Walsh, Michael Stanley, Ian Hunter, Harry Nilsson, Nicky Hopkins, Survivor, Billy Bob Thornton, Eric Carmen, Nelson, Cat Stevens and more)
More about Steve Walsh:
Steve Walsh's distinguished place in the music world runs the gamut from being a familiar, friendly voice on commercial radio for decades- to forging into new progressive territory.
His distinguished vocals on songs like Carry On Wayward Son and Dust in the Wind have been woven into the soundtrack of now three generations - over 30 million fans - all the while impressing new fans worldwide.
His vocals - that remain among Rock and Roll's best - are marked by emotional depth and talent beyond compare. Add a charismatic stage presence and keyboard wizardry into the mix, and it is easy to see why Steve is so respected by fans and his Progressive Rock peers.
So much so that progressive rock icons like Steve Hackett of Genesis and Steve Morse of the Dixie Dregs (who would later join Kansas and Deep Purple) asked Steve to play on their albums, as well as a host of other current and legendary progressive performers seeking his expertise.
His songwriting has been a step ahead from the beginning, and helped propel Kansas placement on the Billboard Charts with tunes like Point of Know Return (#28) and All I Wanted (#19). He also drove the band he formed, Streets into the top ten with If Love Should Go.
Still a chart topper in recent years too, with the documentary that aired repeatedly on VH1 and Palladia, Miracles Out of Nowhere, and his current album Black Butterfly is still receiving world-wide airplay and acclaim. Steve is grabbing the bar Kansas set during their peak and raising it yet another notch. Steve has a truly amazing level of musicianship that can take you to another place…