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Jacksonville, FL

Kansas Biography

"I don't think we fit anywhere, and I'm very proud of that. Meaning that the band, to me, defies easy categorization, and that's something I personally hold very highly. I like that fact. I'd just call us an American progressive rock band, which I guess is different from the British approach because of the blues influence." A plaintive basis for discussion from guitarist and keyboardist Kerry Livgren on this crucial rock event that finds Kansas reconvening for a full-on reunion album for 2000.   And the man's words ring true. Kansas, with 30 million albums sold over 30 years, prove that their unique brand of heartland art rock can, and indeed does, live on. Somewhere To Elsewhere, recorded at Grandy Zine Studios on Livgren's farm in Berryton, Kansas, underscores and emphasizes that fact in fine fashion, the band creating dynamic progressive rock that indeed takes the listener elsewhere, back to the multi-platinum strings and strains of 'Carry On My Wayward Son' and 'Dust In The Wind', and forward to the front edge of creative music-making this collective has produced since 1970. Kansas has indeed kept nearly continuously busy for the past 30 years, challenging audiences with sights and sounds with only a two year break between 1983 and 1985; and since 1991, playing a minimum of 100 dates a year. But Somewhere To Elsewhere is a big event in the long history of this esteemed progressive collective, bringing back each and all recent contributors and original members, including lead singer Steve Walsh, frontman and violinist Robbie Steinhardt (essentially the band has had a unique two frontman configuration), and chief writer of the album Kerry Livgren, back after a 17-year absence.   The result is a record that flames and flares with Kansas chemistries. Seven alumni are involved, including two very different guitar minds, three lead vocalists (Steve Walsh takes most of the leads, although original frontman Robbie Steinhardt takes two, while Billy Greer takes one), rounded out with two different bassists, a drummer, and the band's signature violin, the aforementioned Robbie Steinhardt being the original at this unique post.
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