The late 80's were a uniquely rich period for hard rock in the United States. There were strong existing scenes on both coasts and many regional hotspots where the bands were incubating and developing in small groups and pockets. But no one could have predicted the emergence of King’s X as they burst out alone in the middle of the country with a singularly unique and distinct sound that is as fresh and exciting today as it was when they first garnered attention.
In this episode, Rob and Joël discuss what some consider to be King's X's high water mark, "Gretchen Goes to Nebraska." A 1989 concept album that established their distinctive "heavy melody" sound of gospel inspired singing, heavy guitar riffs, and clever arrangements; all interwoven with poignant lyrics of wonder, spirituality and introspection. It is an album with a lot of soul.
Rob and Joël explore what makes this album so engaging and uplifting, while journeying into the finer details of musicianship, production and creating what feels genuine.
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