are an informal
Q&A with the band. New questions and answers will appear
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"Iím a fan of
the Atlanta and Athens music scenes from the 70s and
80s. Drummer Randy Delay was associated with a number of
great indie bands during that time. I havenít heard of
him since. What happened?"
Michael and Butcho-
Randy passed away in 1993 after an extended
battle with cancer. Butcho and Michael played with
Randy in a later line-up of Ravenstone and agree he was
one of the top drummers in the Georgia music scene
during those decades.
did studio session work and performed in concert with a
number of groups including the Georgia Satellites, the
Hellhounds, the Desperate Angels and Drivin-N-Cryin.
be heard on
"Honeysuckle Blue" and the Georgia Satellites' "Keep
Your Hands To Yourself.Ē
is missed by friends, family and fans.
2. How old is too old to play rock?
Butcho - When the hearse drives up to the doorstep. I
guess it's a few minutes before that. Just enough time
to say goodbye.
Michael - I think it's like
most things. You stop doing it when it stops feeling
Willi - Old rockers never die. They just go into
Ralph - When it's too loud. I'm sorry, did you say
Dwight - There's no upper age limit as long as you can
afford the proper prosthesis to maintain that rebellious
3. Is rock dead?
Michael - No, but sometimes it has a fever and a runny
nose. Rock has been pronounced DOA so many times I've
lost count. It keeps coming back from the dead like
Dracula. In the early 60s, critics ass kicked rock when
the Pelvis got a crewcut and started singing GI Blues.
About the same time, Chuck Berry was in prison for
violating the Mann Act. Then ol' Jerry Lee, god bless 'em,
married his 13-year-old cousin and a whole lotta
jailbait shaking was going on. But then along came the
British invasion and everything changed almost over
Ralph - No, but it probably needs reading glasses.
Butcho - It's alive in garages and little neighborhood
dives everywhere. It's back to its roots where it will
always be. Whether it's in fashion is, of course, in
cycles. But it'll never go away. A good rock song is one
of the treasures of the world.
Dwight - One of my friends argues that sedimentary rocks
are dead because of the lack of exercise. However when
I point out that all rocks are sedentary and get
very little exercise, the question quickly shifts to "If
it takes a chicken and a half a day and a half to lay an
egg and a half, how long does it take a monkey with a
wooden leg to kick the seeds out of a dill pickle?" That
question is much more fundamental to the relationships
that bind us together as a band.
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