Junstrom formed Skynyrd with his high school band mates in … Speaking of riffs, this tune offers another simple but memorable one, but Barnes' singing during the transcendent bridge may be one of .38 Special's finest moments. The great thing about it is it .38 Special is a prime example of an AOR band with deep roots in Southern rock. Growing up you saw Jimi In 2012 a no­tice was posted on 38 Spe­cial's web­site say­ing Van Zant would not tour with the band due to health is­sues re­lated to in­ner-ear nerve dam­age, al­though he would con­tinue to write and record with the band. he's always our brother. Brookins also left to work a… boy and you see the space where you're standing and where that guy is standing course, Hendrix blew everybody's mind. This track is perfect adolescent rock, and that's not meant as an insult. Two years later, the band signed with A&M Records and released its eponymous debut. stuff's not on my guitar." m_gallery_id = "14813956"; (adult prices range from $25 single day general admission to $60 two-day VIP) Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. ), ServisFirst the music biz in 2013 due to inner-ear issues? 10.11.20. In compiling this list, I tried to pick songs I could most imagine listening to back-to-back repeatedly during a road trip, and I don't misstep in choosing this track, another mid-tempo gem about failed love. I DO remember thinking it was a hit, and Cal's version was shorter/simpler; Even though it became an evergreen smash hit with 38 Special, I remember thinking it was a better song before the rewrite. You go home and you pick that guitar up and you say, "Wow. I've seen too many of those. Jerry has been an old friend of the band for many years and comes with an impressive pedigree as a titan in the southern rock field, a virtuoso guitarist and vocalist with a long history as a recording artist and bandleader in his own right. for 40 years. of? Top '80s Songs from Hard-Rocking Glam Metal Band Dokken, Top Jefferson Starship and Starship Songs of the '80s, Top '80s Songs of Australian Mainstream Rock Band INXS. guitars. Museum (404 Madison St.), Huntsville Depot, Alabama Constitution Village (109 Junstrom, the time off between recordings has served the band well. And that's what we wanted (the album) to sound like, like you were Combined with the clear-voiced power of frequent lead vocalist Barnes (who is one of rock's most criminally underrated singers), the sound is unmistakable and pleasing. All rights reserved (About Us). there. The band may not have initially aspired to be a highly accessible mainstream rock band and may wish on some level that transition had never happened, especially in light of those Southern rock roots. Thunder Beach® Motorcycle Rally announces 38 SPECIAL to headline Saturday, May 2nd Panama City Beach, FL ... Read More. 38 Few bands have used the talent from their individual components as skillfully as .38 Special does here. We'll see 14 year olds out More than three decades later, the band's dual-guitar riffing still packs an endlessly pleasant punch, and the sense of stinging heartache still rings quite true. mainstays, many of which Barnes sung, such as 1981's "Hold On Loosely" I was always a fan of that kind That said, this account doesn't match my recollection of the history of this song at all. Promoters across the nation jumped at the opportunity to book it. We can only wish mainstream rock even occasionally still sounded this good. posted: 3.06.20. In usual .38 Special style, the song offers a seamless fusion between tuneful, almost gentle verses and a memorable chorus fueled by driving guitar. Special will close out WhistleStop Weekend. m_gallery_pagetype = "embed"; like you're there. reminds us of us – we were the 14 year old guys high-fiving each other when we WhistleStop tickets Darren Tromblay It was 1981. Ultimately, "Hold on Loosely" contains one of rock's greatest if far too well-known guitar riffs and therefore must be included. and the lights and smoke. What's more, the band's finest tunes don't sacrifice a bit of muscular, inventive guitar work in order to attain commercial pop appeal. Rd.) He is best known for being a member of the band 38 Special, from its formation in 1974 until 2013. The band hails from Florida, and vocalist Donnie Van Zant is the brother of none other than Lynyrd Skynyrd 's Ronnie and Johnny Van Zant . Yeah, we stay in touch. It hasn’t always been easy, but … How much do you keep But it's actually their overplayed status coupled with their somewhat generic sound that forced my hand. quite a few radio hits. Richard Donald Barnes (born December 3, 1952) is an American rock vocalist and guitarist and one of the founding members of the Southern rock band 38 Special. https://www.liveabout.com/38-special-songs-of-the-80s-10363 Eminently hummable guitar rock just doesn't get much better than this. ∙ They released three consecutive Platinum albums, beginning with 1981’s Wild-Eyed Southern Boys. you can't really see the band. and 1982's "Caught Up in You." .38 Special Biography. Finally, 38 Special is proud to be introducing our newest member, legendary guitarist and vocalist Jerry Riggs! A fourth album was on the way, but vocalist and co-founder Don Barnes knew the band was treading on dangerous waters. Although purists may protest, this arena rock-oriented period and its hits represent the pinnacle of this fine band's career. Donnie Van Zant, the younger brother of Lynyrd Skynyrd founder Ronnie, began playing music himself during his teen years, forming the band Standard Production in 1968, which paved the way for Sweet Rooster, Donnie's first professional outfit that he formed in 1969 with guitarist Jeff Carlisi and bassist Ken Lyons, soon joined by drummer Steve Brookins. Southern rock was soaring in 1975, the year that Donnie Van Zant, brother of Lynyrd Skynyrd leader Ronnie Van Zant, co-founded .38 Special with singer-guitarist Don Barnes. Discover releases, reviews, credits, songs, and more about 38 Special - Flashback at Discogs. But what's a song that wasn't as big of a hit you're proud Don, you mentioned 38 Special hits arose from "personal experiences." Donnie kind of had the more bluesy voice and I had the He's doing fine. everything. Barnes performed lead vocals on many of the group's biggest hits, including "Rockin' into the Night," "Hold On Loosely," "Caught Up in You," "If I'd Been the One," "Back Where You Belong," "Like No Other Night," "Somebody Like You", "Teacher Teacher", "Back to Paradise", "You Keep Runnin' Away", "Fantasy Girl" and more. m_gallery_title = ".38 Special though the years"; Founded in Jacksonville, Fla during the mid-70s, the. another boring picture of just us onstage. m_gallery = "38_special_though_the_years"; Special's 2011 concert album "Live From Texas" is a little different in that But don't let go.". young musician? We’re reuniting the Simple Man family for a southern rock adventure! You think, "He's only a hundred feet from me. In their first album in six years, .38 Special comes back with a brace of tunes that recasts the band in contemporary terms. there and high-fiving each other when their favorite song comes up. The group known as .38 Special was established in Jacksonville, Florida in the 1970’s when Donnie Van Zant teamed up with Jeff Carlisi (guitar), Don Barnes (guitar, vocals), Ken Lyons (bass), Jack Grondin (drums), and Steve Brookins (drums.) 38 Special has had For 38 Special, it`s another season of survival.'' and all locations of Star Market (702 Pratt Ave. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/20). With the core of the group now sweated down to singer Donnie Van Zant, guitarists Don Barnes (back in the lineup for the first time since 1988) and Danny Chauncey and bassist Larry "L.J." Features 38 Special’s Gary Moffatt. 38 SPECIAL HEADLINES THUNDER BEACH SPRING RALLY 2020. I like "Chained Lightnin'." As usual, it demonstrates that .38 Special's songwriting, whether internal or aided by outside talent, offers a hopeful take on the subject that goes perfectly with the upbeat sound created by its gifted rock ensemble. Facebook. © 2020 Advance Local Media LLC. "If it's got truth, it can't be denied, and Road S.E.). Donald Newton Van Zant (born June 11, 1952) is an American rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist. When we put it The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. marriage. That's Carlisi left Sweet Rooster after graduating high school to study architecture at Georgia Tech and was replaced by Don Barnesin 1970. 38 Special | HOME; NEWS; ABOUT; TOUR; MEDIA. And I told the co-writer Jim Peterik, the guy from Survivor, he This twin-guitar attack courtesy of Barnes and Jeff Carlisi is simply one of the best in rock, full of ingenuity and technically sound. each other room to be themselves, and just stay together. (Source: .38 Special/Facebook) By Ed Payne | October 7, 2019 at 10:48 AM CDT - Updated October 7 at 10:57 AM (Gray News) – Larry Junstrom, who rocked us as a founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd and as the long-time bassist for .38 Special, has died at age 70. The guitar work, as usual, is alternately delicate and forceful, always deeply aware of melody in a way that few other hard-rocking bands have ever dreamed of. How did those experiences impact you as a Of Written by keyboardist Max Carl, guitarist Jeff Carlisi and Cal Curtis, the rock ballad was released as the album's second single in 1989 and became the band's highest-charting song in the United States. Formed by vocalist Donnie Van Zant in 1975 in Jacksonville, Florida, the band initially had a straight-ahead Southern rock sound, much like Lynyrd Skynyrd, the band of his older brother Ronnie. In deciding between this tune and "Caught Up in You," I considered the possible insanity of leaving off either one of these most popular .38 Special tunes from this best-of list. Still, it's this blend of almost mellow Southern rock grooves with arena rock guitar and a clever melodic sense that makes .38 Special so unique. .38 Special had released two albums and were about to issue a third when they got a rough mix of a song by the band Survivor called "Rockin' into the Night," which became their first hit when it was tacked on to that third album.That song was written by Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan of Survivor. Hey Folks, We are hopeful that things will be more like normal in 2021. Gates Ave. I like Imagine Dragons. HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- As a kid, Don Barnes frequently spun Little Richard 45s on his record player. in touch with co-founding 38 Special singer Donnie Van Zant, who retired from We are happy to announce that we have now posted some scheduled dates on our official site. As of 2014, the lineup con­sists of Don Barnes, gui­tarist Danny Chauncey, key­boardist Bobby Capps, drum­mer Gary Mof­fatt, and bassist Barry Dun­away. [Laughs.]. Don Barnes was the singer for Southern rock band .38 Special, taking the lead on the group's major 1980s hits "Rockin' into the Night," "Hold on Loosely," "Caught Up in You," and "If I'd Been the One. Any recent bands you I had told the photographer I didn't want another cover with about this title: 'Hold On Loosely'?" 38 Special (also, uncommonly, written .38 Special) is an American rock band that was formed by neighborhood friends Don Barnes and Donnie Van Zant in 1974 in Jacksonville, Florida. S.W. Nonetheless, both songs - from 1981's Wild-Eyed Southern Boys and 1982's Special Forces, respectively - skillfully embody this band's enchanting pop/rock hybrid. ), Huntsville Visitors Bureau (500 Church St. held at the Historic Huntsville Depot, address 320 Church St.. We still do it live and we have a big production with the simulated lightning are available via whistlestopweekend.com, as well as at EarlyWorks Children's Founded In Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, United States 38 Special is an American rock band. wrote "Eye of the Tiger" and all of that, "I'm having problems with my Max Carl sang lead vocals on this song. Like 38 Special, he was from Atlanta and knew them before he moved to LA. Barnes is far more than merely a competent lead singer, but his Everyman sensibility adds to the band's universal appeal. And it's too bad people can't celebrate each other's differences and give New Tour Dates being added for 2021. For the past nineteen years he’s held the throne for one of rock’s most enduring organizations. The cover art for 38 Zeppelin ... watching Jimmy Page in his prime Monumental. m_gallery_json = "https://blog.al.com/photogallery/4558/14813956.json"; The band's 1986 release, Strength in Numbers, was the classic lineup's swan song, and it's fitting that two truly sublime efforts, including this one, help to gracefully close the door. In 2013, after nearly a year of miss­ing per­for­mances, it was con­firmed that Don­nie Van Zant had of­fi­cially left 38 Spe­cial after 39 years, and w… and the sound and everything. .38 Special's simple, driving rock sound has the intriguing capacity to sound entirely at home in the '80s without sacrificing any of its effectiveness over the years. There's quite a few. ∙ Although Van Zant served as 38 Special’s singer during its Southern rock phase, the band’s hits were sung by guitarist Don Barnes, whose voice was better-suited to their arena-rock sound. For tickets and more info, go to This is rollicking, good-time driving music that also thoughtfully tackles romantic struggles in a personal manner ultimately far more profound than most pop music that purports to be about love. soundtrack with the lightning and all that and the mystery of the echo-y (C) 1982 A&M Records#38Special #CaughtUpInYou #Vevo m_gallery_permalink = "http://photos.al.com/4558/gallery/38_special_though_the_years/index.html"; We're still looking for him to return one day. (38 Special) is a band with a new sound and a veteran name and that`s an exciting prospect for all involved. all those songs were taken from personal experiences," Barnes says. Bank (401 Meridian St. N. #100), Redstone MWR (Building 1500, Weeden Mountain drummer Gary Moffatt and keyboardist/vocalist Bobby Caps. Rooted deeply in Southern rock and a hard-driving '70s rock sound, .38 Special actually did not become a distinct entity with its own sound until the band developed a smooth, tuneful hybrid of hard rock and melodic, guitar-oriented pop in the early '80s. Complete your 38 Special collection. It draws you into the photo, N.W. What's an example of that? Facebook; Instagram; YouTube; iTunes; Twitter You've got to see the people. Here's a chronological look at the most compelling .38 Special songs of the '80s, released during the decade's first half. paid six buck to see Led Zeppelin. The last remaining member left from the original lineup, Barnes founded 38 Special with childhood pal and former 38 Special lead singer Donnie Van Zant while living in Jacksonville in 1974. I want to do what that guy does." going through. "Second Chance" is a song by American rock band 38 Special, from their eighth studio album, 1988's Rock & Roll Strategy. That quality stems directly from a solid songwriting sense and a savvy yet never cynical understanding of what appeals to both pop and rock listeners. What do you think Take one from the back, behind the whole event, where the stage is way up there and hear the guitars. It's hard to speak of .38 Special without focusing on the importance of the guitar riff, and this - another standout tune from 1984's Tour de Force - does not disappoint on that front either. Come hit the high seas with... Read More. Nonetheless, I'm grateful for the winning formula displayed on this track and most of the band's other hits, and it's a sound that may fit a pattern but never sounds formulaic in the negative sense. Hendrix and Led Zeppelin in concert. It was a co-headlining, high energy show with classic radio hits that sold out every night - a great package. of Bad Company guitars in your face, the power of the dynamics. they just told him he needs to take it easy a little while. MUSIC; PHOTOS; VIDEOS; STORE; Check It Out. "Hold On Loosely" was taken from a bad marriage that I was details 38 Special performs at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Great Frederick Fair at the Frederick Fairgrounds, 797 E. Patrick St., Frederick. It was pivotal. Despite having three albums under its belt, a young southern rock band by the name of 38 Special was, at best, a menial blip on the radar of rock radio. Max Carl Gronenthal (born January 29, 1950) is an American rock singer, keyboardist, guitarist and songwriter.He is the co-lead singer of the classic rock band Grand Funk Railroad.In addition, he spent several years as the keyboardist and lead singer for the southern rock band 38 Special.Carl is known for having co-written and sung lead vocals on 38 Special's hit song, "Second Chance" (1989). "He left the band in 1987, just as the group's hot streak appeared to be coming to an end, but he came back into the fold in 1992 and continued to record and tour with the band into the 21st century. "Dude, you As for "Caught Up in You," it's certainly a pleasant listen but suffers, I think, from too great a resemblance to any number of mainstream rock songs about romantic devotion. m_gallery_blog_id = "4558"; Hero" and "Rock Band" games and all that. But they've had the exposure from "Guitar hear on the radio and enjoy? together for a record we wanted it to have an epic, almost like a movie Music video by 38 Special performing Caught Up In You. group's I like Bruno Mars. Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission. LARRY Junstrom, a founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd and longstanding bassist with band 38 Special, has died aged 70. m_gallery_type = "photo"; "Those songs" are 38 Special's fleet of sleek, ubiquitous classic-rock-station As long as it's not all Auto-Tuned and drumbeats. Hot Topics. Simple Man Jam. We still do 100 cities a year. It gets loud out here more radio-friendly voice. m_gallery_creation_date = "Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 9:15 AM"; we're really tiny. He always wanted us to aim our amplifiers at him, so he could When you have dreams as a young What does it take to make that 100 feet? current ranks also include guitarist/vocalist Danny Chauncey, bassist Larry Junstrom, Definitely my personal favorite .38 Special tune (though that's pretty damn hard to say, looking at this impressive list), this song contains the most concentrated form of all the things that made the band great. weren't even born when this song came out!" 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