you introduce the band members and how you met them ?
Ronnie Farrell : vocals
Johnny Barnes : guitars
Randy Smith : guitars,bass,backing vocals
Bob Bird : guitar
Chris Turbis : piano & Hammond organ
Chuck Radek : drums
Jessica Tilton : background vocals
tell us about the band 's career since '87 and about your
brother who was one of the founding member and to whom the
album "Above the law" is dedicated ?
Johnny Barnes, Bob Bird and myself started a band together
when we were about 13 years old. At the time I knew all the
leads to Freebird, pretty impressive a 13 year old you would
think, but very common where we're from. Nevertheless
teaming up with Johnny and Bob would later strengthen our
friendship as my older brother Jimi Huges (same mother,
different father) decided to start his own band after
dealing with differences in musical genres from attempts
with local musicians accompanied by Chuck Radek on Drums,
The Smith & Wesson Band was formed.
After several years of local notoriety we decided to get
involved in the Hollywood scene where we didn't exactly feel
like we would fit in, but we went over well with the style
of music we introduced to the listeners. I guess people
didn't know what to think of us in LA, but it didn't stop us
from being noticed by up and coming producer at the time Jay
Baumgardner. Jay took us in to his studio NRG and we began
recording our tunes seeking a record deal.We landed a deal
with Polydor thru Left Bank and released our debut album
simply entitled "THE REGULATORS", changing the
name of Smith & Wesson to avoid possible litigation with
the gun company. A tour followed. After just the first leg
of the tour tragedy struck when my brother Jimi was shot and
killed. Long time loved leader of the Regulators was gone
just like that. There is just to much contaversy involved in
his death to go into it deep, but let me say Jimi loved life
and his creator who provided it."We were like ants when
you scatter their trail". Recovery from that may never
come but we had to push on, push on in his name.
So we started writing right away, first of course came sweet
sustain. That one just kind of fell out. It was easy to
write, but very difficult to perform and record. especially
the remix, let me tell you it's a good thing we had a little
extra time for that because I think Jimi himself, at least
in spirit mixed that one, talk about flying faders. Any way
we did remix and remaster the record and we added a bonus
track for Europe called "Lead Foot". We recorded
"Lead Foot" in our own studio with some young
special guests, a band called "Dreamkill" I am
managing and producing. Be on the lookout for these guys
their coming out rock solid with a great new sound a bit
different than the Regulators.We also add some new added
guitar parts and background vocals by the lovely Jessica
Tilton. We met Jessica when we were looking to add some
female vocals to our act. She was the one no doubt that at
least I was looking for, I fell in love with her right away.
thus completing the current line up.
about your first album being re-released on Polygram ?
We are planning to re-release the first record we did on
Polygram as well as some past masters including Jim. Also we
are ready with a whole new batch of tunes for the next
record. We will have to see when will be the next possible
release for that.
the extra song "Leadfoot" recorded ?
We remixed and remastered the album at our studios in LA, we
refer to as the Regulation station. That's also were we did
Leadfoot start to finish.
you change the album's name ?
To give it a fresh start and a new look for the people of
your main influences ?
I would have to say Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Company, Foghat,
plus many more.
you explain the fact a Californian band became one of the
most successfull southern rock bands ?
That's a tough Question. we never considered ourselves to be
southern rock but I guess our way of life and our influences
just shows that must have made the difference in a LA based
your best memory on stage ?
Skynyrd in New England, Allman bros in New York, and
deffenantly Sturgis many times
your favorite bass player ?
Paul McCartney, Flea is today's best in my book.
kind of gear do you use on stage and in the studio ?
63 Fender Precision, and Am amplification.
plan a tour in France, or in Europe ?
Plans exist for a tour in Europe next summer if you all
would have us, we would really like to be there.
you'll spend the rest of your life on a desert island. Which
albums would you take with you ?
Another tough question. this time I will have to say Skynyrd
"One more from the road", "Frampton comes
alive", Clint blacks greatest, Travis tritt. ahh to
difficult to say.
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