Backstage with Kenny Lee Lewis/Steve Miller Band
The Steve Miller Band has been one of my all time favorite bands since I was a child. The first album I ever asked for was one from the Steve Miller band for my birthday in 1979. I had heard Fly Like An Eagle on KFRC and the lyrics opened my child eyes to the fact that not everybody had the normal things that I took for granted. Helping me realize the conditions of our world, it instilled in me the desire to help others. It set the foundation for my musical preferences towards artists that produce songs that have meaning and a message about life and the world we live in. I believe that through music, we can change the world for the better.
Earlier this year I had privilege of interviewing Kenny Lee Lewis on my Rock Talk USA radio show, which turned out to be one of the most interesting and informative interviews I have done so far. Not only has he been the bassist for the Steve Miller Band for over 35 years, but he is a song writer (including several songs on the Abracadabra album), a studio guitarist and also plays in a band (Barflyz Blues Band) with his wife.
What many don’t know is Kenny has been writing articles for Guitar Magazine for the past decade and has an article in the Smithsonian American Indian Magazine. Along with his magazine publications, Kenny has also written a movie script and released his first novel Skeleton Dolls in 2016; the first in a series of books to be released. If you like Steven King or Dan Brown, your going to love this book. I have read it and had a hard time putting it down! Kenny is working on the second in the series now and will have details of the release date soon.
With Kenny’s long history in the music industry and being quite the musical historian, I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge through my friendship; not just about the music industry, but life in general, his wisdom is a definite treasure. I am very thankful for our friendship and am looking forward to seeing him and his wife play in September.
I have now seen the Steve Miller Band ten times in concert, which makes them the band I have see more than any other (Def Leppard is second at nine times). So getting invited to be backstage last night, and getting to hang out in the Green Room with band members for the Peter Frampton and Steve Miller concert at the Concord Pavilion was an absolute dream come true!
You can find the entire Rock Talk USA interview with Kenny Lee Lewis HERE.
Please excuse the image quality. All images were taken with cell phones, not our normal camera equipment. Last night was about growing in our current friendships and making new ones.