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STEVE WALSH - Shadowman

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Steve Walsh (vocals, keyboards)
Joel Kosche (guitar, bass)
David Ragsdale (violin)
Joe Franco (drums)
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Mixed by : Shawn Grove
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Steve Walsh has left an important mark in popular music, yet instead of resting on his laurels he continues to push his creativity. This spark has guided him throughout his career with the bands Kansas and Streets and as a solo artist. The keyboardist/vocalist/songwriter/producer is best known for known for his visionary work with Kansas. He sings lead on Kansas' biggest and best-known hits -- "Carry On Wayward Son," "Dust In The Wind" and "Point Of Know Return". Walsh was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, but his family moved to Kansas when he was a youngster. He ultimately joined forces with other Topeka musicians and they formed a band and named it after their home state. Kansas toured relentlessly and sharpened their original brand of distinctively American, hard-rocking progressive music. With 1974's self-titled debut album, Kansas started a winning streak that has continued for 30 years. 1976's 'Leftoverture' and 1977's 'Point Of Know Return' were enormously successful are deservedly recognized as rock classics, as are the previously mentioned hits they contained, "Carry On Wayward Son," "Dust In The Wind" and "Point Of Know Return". 1980 marked a turning point in Walsh's career. He left Kansas after 'Audio-Visions' and released his first solo album, 'Schemer-Dreamer,' which included some of his former bandmates as special guests. Slightly later he formed a straightforward rock band called Streets which released the albums '1st' in 1983 and 'Crimes In Mind' in 1985 before disbanding. Kansas split in 1983 but reformed three years later with Walsh on board and he's remained with the band ever since on albums such as 'Power,' 'In The Spirit Of Things,' 'Somewhere To Elsewhere' and the acclaimed live DVD 'Device Voice Drum'. Walsh also released his second solo album 'Glossolalia' during this time. The 2004 Kansas box set 'Sail On: The 30th Anniversary Collection 1974-2004' spans the band's entire career and features two CDs of hits and important album cuts and one DVD of rare television appearances, music videos, live footage and new interviews. With his new solo album entitled "Shadowman" Steve Walsh unveils another landmark of creativity. With the collaboration of such musicians as Joe Franco (Twisted Sister, Magellan) on drums, Joel Kosche (Collective Soul) on guitars and bass and with former Kansas David Ragsdale on violin on the song "After" and Symphony X's mastermind Michael Romeo caring for the orchestration on "After", "Shadowman" and "Hell is full of Heroes", Steve Walsh reaches a new height in his artistic expression focusing on a great songwriting and superb production (courtesy of Shawn Grove).
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