Chris Harkness on Al Staehely for Honky Tonk Happy Hour
Al Staehely is a fascinating character. He was a very successful singer/songwriter in the ‘70’s. Writing songs and singing for several bands, including: Spirit, The Staehely Brothers and The Nick Gravenites – John Cipollina Band. Staehely recorded on projects for Epic and Polydor Records and has had his songs recorded by artists including Keith Moon and Bobby Gentry (yes – Bobby Gentry).
Al Staehely is currently working with Texas Music Hall of Famer Freddie Krc on a re-release of a 1982 project which was only released in Europe on Polydor Records. The record was originally called Staehely’s Comet but will be re-titled for it’s USA release on SteadyBoy records in the Fall of 2010.
Chuck Savage interviews Al Staehely – Part One
Al Staehely lives a different life today than he did in his early career. Al is a successful music attorney in Houston with an impressive client roster including: the late great Stevie Ray Vaughan, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Topp, J.C.Crowley, Foghat, Andy Johns, Kings X, Blue October and Tejano musical groups La Mafia, Fama and Mazz. Al Staehely was also a co-owner of Viceroy Music Inc., based in New York with offices in Houston and Germany. Viceroy’s artist roster included: Alvin Lee, Mick Taylor, Steve Lukather, The Stranglers and Houston based blues rock band Sunset Heights and many others. Read more about Al Staehely’s law practice at http://www.music-lawyer.com/bio.html
Chuck Savage interviews Al Staehely – Part Two
We were honored to have Al Staehely perform on a recent episode of Honky Tonk Happy Hour. Al is as great live in 2010 as he was back in the 1970’s. He performed several songs for us and I have included one of his original compositions in this article for all my readers to enjoy. The song is entitled feeling the heat and it tells a very colorful story of a young Texas boy’s experience in New York City on the 4th of July.
Al Staehely performs “Feelin The Heat” on a recent episode of Honky Tonk Happy Hour
Chris Harkness for MM55productions July 11, 2010