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"Steve Winwood": RockLine Radio Interview, air date November 26, 1990

RockLine Radio Interview, air date November 26, 1990

ANNOUNCER: Live, via satellite, from Hollywood and Nashville, it’s RockLine, the show where you interview the biggest stars in rock 'n' roll. Hello again, I'm Bob Coburn. Tonight, Rockline is an evening with Steve Winwood, so get your questions ready, and call us toll free in the US and Canada at 1(800) 344 ROCK; that’s 1(800) 344-7625; one number toll-free from anywhere in North America. Steve Winwood’s illustrious career in rock 'n' roll has included stints with the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith; all upper echelon bands. But to me, Steve’s biggest contribution to music is his soulfulness. He’s never forgotten his R&B roots; in fact, it’s an integral part of his music, and Refugees of the Heart, his new CD, bears that out. It’s a pleasure to welcome live from Nashville, Tennessee, Mr. Steve Winwood. Steve, good evening, and welcome.

STEVE: Hi Bob, thanks a lot.

ANNOUNCER: It’s a pleasure to talk to you tonight. I hear you're in the studio where you recorded much of this album; must be almost like home away from home for you.

STEVE: I know, I thought it was a touch of deja-vu.

ANNOUNCER: (laughs). Now, you live in Nashville. How long have you called that home, now?

STEVE: About 3 years, or even 4 years, on and off. But I haven't been down here that much before, but about that long.

ANNOUNCER: I hear you like it there a lot, not only the city itself, but the atmosphere and the musical heritage that exists, not only in Nashville, but Memphis and the rest of the state of Tennessee.

STEVE: That’s right. There’s a lot of history, you know, rock 'n' roll history in this area, and I'm quite an amateur historian; I like all that stuff.

ANNOUNCER: A lot of people would like to know the answer to the question I'm going to ask you now. When will you tour North America? We want to see you play live again.

STEVE: We've got plans to tour starting at the beginning of May, for I think, about 9 weeks. It’s not a long tour by some standards; I hope it will be pretty comprehensive.

ANNOUNCER: I understand you're going to be playing in Australia, and then Japan after that; you have not played in Australia before, have you?

STEVE: No, never been to Australia. I'm looking forward to it very much.

ANNOUNCER: I imagine so. Now you self-produced this album, didn't you? Why did you choose to go that route, and what was the difference in terms of control, and actually being in the studio, and you calling the shots?

STEVE: Well, it’s still very much a team effort, making an album. I was lucky enough to be able to work with a great team, you know, Tom Rodauchi, and everyone who worked on it. I think I had fairly definite ideas on the direction I wanted this album to go, and so really that’s why I took more production control.

ANNOUNCER: The first song we're going to hear tonight is from Refugees of the Heart. It’s a song that you co-wrote with Jim Capaldi. Where did you write that, and how did the song come together? I heard it was one of the latter tunes in the album.

STEVE: That’s right. We'd almost completed the album, but I felt there was something missing. In order to keep the album balanced, I tried to get a more up tempo song. I called Jim and asked him to come up and work with me on this, and he did, and we really wrote it in a day, which surprised us both a bit, but we're both really pleased with the outcome, we're happy with the song.

ANNOUNCER: Now, you were both in England at the time?

STEVE: That’s right, yes, we were. We were working in the studio, we recorded all the other tracks. We were, in fact, in the studio, and we had one day during which we weren't in the studio, and during we wrote “One And Only Man”.

ANNOUNCER: Now Jim Capaldi plays drums on a couple other songs, but on this song, it’s just the two of you again, isn't it?

STEVE: That’s right, yes. I like working like that. I've done quite a bit of stuff before, working like that, in an overdubbing kind of way, and I enjoy working like that as much as I enjoy working with lots of other musicians.

ANNOUNCER: Let’s listen to it right now, from Refugees of the Heart, from Steve Winwood, “One And Only Man”, from RockLine.

“ONE AND ONLY MAN”

ANNOUNCER: “One And Only Man”, Steve Winwood, Refugees Of The Heart. Every caller who gets on the air tonight with Steve will receive either an autographed copy of Steve’s brand new CD or a limited edition of Refugees Of The Heart in a black heart pouch, all courtesy of Virgin Records.

STATION BREAK

ANNOUNCER: Welcome back to RockLine, evening with Steve Winwood. Our first caller is Amber in Fountain Valley, CA listener to KLOS. Hi, Amber.

AMBER: Hi Steve, hi Bob.

STEVE: Hello, Amber.

AMBER: Steve, with such an early start in rock 'n' roll, did any other members of your family have any musical talent?

STEVE: Yes, I was in a band with my brother. That was the Spencer Davis Group. He now works at CBS. He’s in the A&R Department, which involves musical talent, I'm told. (laughter). And my father was a musician, and my grandmother on my father’s side and my grandfather on my mother’s side were musicians.

ANNOUNCER: So, sounds like most of the family there. Amber, thanks for starting us off. We're gonna talk with John. John is in Landsdown, Pennsylvania, and is a listener of 94 WYSP, Philadelphia. Hi.

JOHN: Hi there.

STEVE: Hi, John.

JOHN: Good to hear you again, Steve. I have two questions for you tonight. I noticed going back at least as far as the Arc of a Diver album, you've been writing with a guy by the name of Will Jennings, and the first question is, who is he, how did you start working with him, and what is it that you like so much, working with him?

STEVE: Will Jennings and I have been writing together since 1980, and we met really through kind of an uninteresting way, through publishers. We started working on the Arc of a Diver album, and we just hit it off from that point. Our writing has developed since then. I think writing relationships are maybe a little different from some other working relationships, and it’s important that you understand each other very well. We share a great relationship and we just like working together with good friends.

ANNOUNCER: And what about the story that I heard that he got some misinformation about some habits that you did not have and the first time he came over to meet you, he didn't want to ride in a car with you; is that true?

STEVE: This is true. I think he'd read something in a rock 'n' roll yearbook of 1970 that said some rather unpleasant things about me, so he didn't really want to get in a car with me, and I couldn't really understand what he was talking about, cause I hadn't really read the book at the time, and it was only quite a while after that he told me, it was like a year or two after, he said “By the way, that first time we met, I read this thing about you in a rock 'n' roll yearbook,” which shall remain nameless.

ANNOUNCER: I'm glad you were able to set the record straight with him. John, do you have another question?

JOHN: Yes. You have been living in Nashville for couple years now. In fact, I know, you're married to an American woman. I was wondering what effect has living in Nashville home of country music, had on your music?

STEVE: That’s correct. My wife Genia is from quite near here. Nashville has a lot of music. It’s best known for its Country music, but it also has a lot of great music here, a lot of history of rock 'n' roll, including places like Muscle Shoal, and Memphis. When I was growing up, I used to listen to a lot of music from here. I love delving into the history of music, and of rock 'n' roll, and that’s part of the reason why I like being here so much. It’s also good to work; there’s some great musicians here, some good studios and everything; I like it here very much.

ANNOUNCER: John, thank you for the call. We're going to talk with Jay from Greenville, South Carolina, a listener of Rock 101.1. You're on the RockLine, Jay.

JAY: Hi, how are you doing tonight?

STEVE: Hi, fine thanks, Jay.

JAY: My question is, how did you get involved in last year’s production of Tommy?

STEVE: Well, I was just asked by a friend of mine who actually has worked for The Who for along time, by the name of Bobby Prednin. I think they were trying to think of people to do the various parts, and they decided they wanted to ask me. It was a great part, the blind song too, I felt it suited what I do than some of the other parts. It was a lot of fun, and it was for a good cause. I enjoy edit very much.

ANNOUNCER: Thank you, Jay. We're going to play a song from Arc of a Diver right now, “While You See A Chance”. Steve, in one of your previous visits, you mentioned that the song fades in because you accidentally erased part of it, and then couldn't recapture the moment, and just left it that way. I noticed a couple of things on the new CD seem to fade in; you didn't do that again, did you?

STEVE: (laughs) No, thankfully there weren't too many of those kind of accidents.

ANNOUNCER: Let’s go ahead and listen to it now. This is “While You See A Chance”. Steve Winwood on RockLine, global satellite network.

“WHILE YOU SEE A CHANCE”

ANNOUNCER: Great song, from about 10 years ago, from Arc of a Diver, “While You See a Chance”. Steve Winwood, my guest for the entire 90 minutes tonight on RockLine. Jodie, in Laconia in New Hampshire, listener of Rock 103 in Manchester, you're on the RockLine with us, Jodie.

JODIE: Hi I just want to know if Steve could explain to me which side of writing he seems to be more involved with. I've noticed over his solo career he seems to be in less pain now, and I just wondered where he feels it’s evolved, and where it’s going, what direction he’s going to.

STEVE: Hi, Jodie. Yes, I'm certainly a lot happier than I have been. I'm a very happy man at the moment, and I hope the songs reflect that. I've got a family, and I'm happily married, and I think these things kind of come across in songs. Sometimes without trying, sometimes even more subconsciously. I think these things come across. It sounds like they do, from what you say.

ANNOUNCER: And this new CD would be representative of where you're going, as it’s the latest thing, and is current for you right now?

STEVE: That’s right, yeah.

ANNOUNCER: Jodie, thank you very much. We're gonna go to Tokyo and speak with Alan, a listener of Bay FM 78. Hi, Alan.

ALAN: Hi Bob, hi Steve.

STEVE: Hi, Alan.

ALAN: Here’s my question. When I hear your music, Steve, you seem very self-confident. How did you obtain that level of confidence? Don't you get nervous sometimes?

STEVE: Yes, maybe I just cover it up quite well. It depends – there’s so many aspects of making music. Live radio interviews is just one aspect I suppose, which is one of the slightly more unnerving aspects, sometimes, but it’s all interesting. Certainly I get unnerved by some things. In fact, I get more nervous during rehearsals than I do going out and playing in front of a lot of people. Sometimes playing in front of a few people can be more difficult than playing in front of a lot of people. It’s interesting.

ANNOUNCER: That can be the case when actually you have closer contact, more one-on-one with the people watching, than a huge crowd, where there seems to be more anonymity in that situation.

STEVE: That’s absolutely right, yeah.

ANNOUNCER: Alan, thanks for calling. We're gonna take a timeout. We'll return with Steve Winwood in just one moment, more songs from Refugees of the Heart, more from out of the past, with Steve.

STATION BREAK

ANNOUNCER: Time for another song now, from Refugees Of The Heart, Steve Winwood. This is the song that opens the CD, “You'll Keep On Searching” on RockLine.

“YOU'LL KEEP ON SEARCHING”

ANNOUNCER: “You'll Keep On Searching”, Steve Winwood, from Refugees of the Heart, on RockLine. Time for more of your phone calls. Paul is on the line from North Augusta, Georgia, listening to 96 RXR. Paul, Steve Winwood for you.

PAUL: Hi Bob, hey Steve.

STEVE: Hi, Paul.

PAUL: First of all, I want to thank you for all the great music you've given us over the last few years, including the new album.

STEVE: Well, thank you for listening.

PAUL: My question is, how you came to work with Randall Bramlett on your last tour.

STEVE: You're Randall’s part of the world, there, are you not? Randall worked with me on the last tour, and when we were recording here in Nashville, we called him. We had a great band, a great bunch of guys, and Randall came along, and we rolled the tapes, and caught, I think every early takes, in not first takes, and he just played fantastic, he really impressed us, he played so well.

ANNOUNCER: He does sound really, really good on the CD. Paul, thanks for the call. Our next caller is in Jacksonville, North Carolina. His name is David, and he’s listening to 105 FM WXQR. David, you're on the RockLine with us.

DAVID: Hi Steve, how are you doing?

STEVE: Hi, David. Fine, thanks.

DAVID: I've been enjoying your music as far back as the Spencer Davis Group, and hope you continue for years to come.

STEVE: Oh, you go back a long way then, almost as far as I do.

DAVID: My question to you is, will there be a box set of you and your music in the future?

STEVE: That's a good question. At the moment, there's a slight rattle company problem inasmuch as my work is split up on two record companies, so there’s a slight logistical problem there of getting everyone together. I would think there will be at some point, but there’s no real plans for that at the moment.

ANNOUNCER: In the meantime, there’s a good sampling of CDs from Spencer Davis available, and of course Blind Faith is on CD, and the Traffic things came out very nicely on CD as a matter of fact.

STEVE: Yeah, that's right, they sound good.

ANNOUNCER: David, thank you for calling. We're gonna move to Vancouver now, and speak with Ian, 99.3 The Fox is our station up there. Ian, you're on.

IAN: Hi, you guys.

STEVE: Hi, how are you doing?

IAN: Fine. Steve, if I had to pick an all-time favorite song, I'd choose “Can't Find My Way Home”, your Blind Faith version there. My first question is, I was wondering your opinion of the new House Of Lords version of that song, and if you had any influence in them getting rights to the song or anything.

STEVE: I had no influence on anything. They covered the song, and yeah, it’s pretty good, pretty good.

ANNOUNCER: I'm sure they'll be really glad to hear that, it’s like a stamp of approval. Ian, what’s your other question, please?

IAN: I was also wondering how your friendship is with Eric Clapton, and if you'd consider pairing up with him again. I know so many of us fans really enjoyed the work you've done with him.

STEVE: I see Eric from time to time, but he seems to be quite busy doing things. Either he’s on tour or I am, and I guess I don't keep in touch as much as I should. But we get together from time to time but there’s no talk or plans about doing anything, but I'm always happy to play with Eric. He’s a great pal and a fantastic musician, and I love the stuff he’s been doing lately.

ANNOUNCER: Larry Byrom did some nice work on this CD and you know Steve, you're a really good guitarist as well; why don't you play more?

STEVE: I did the song “One And Only Man”. I like to play guitar, but I guess I just try and do too much, that must be it.

ANNOUNCER: We're going to listen to the song we were talking about a minute ago, “Can't Find My Way Home”, written by Steve Winwood, from the Blind Faith CD.

“CAN'T FIND MY WAY HOME”

ANNOUNCER: That song still stands tall as one of the all time greats. “Can't Find My Way Home” from Blind Faith, written by Steve. Next question for Steve Winwood is Lannie, in Fullerton, California, listener of 95.5 KLOS. Lannie, you're on the RockLine with us.

LANNIE: Hello, Steve, how are you doing?

STEVE: Hi, Lannie. Fine, thanks.

LANNIE: Good. I've got a question, I understood when you were younger, growing up in England, you played the organ in churches. If so, I wanted to know how that musical influence has crept up in your material from Spencer Davis all the way up to your contemporary music.

STEVE: In fact, I was a choir boy when I was growing up. I didn't play much organ, but I occasionally play organ – well, I haven't done it for awhile, but I was doing about 4 or 5 years ago. Church music does have an influence. I'm not sure whether it did really in Spencer Davis Group, but certainly in Traffic, and even probably right through the solo stuff, like Arc of a Diver, and on. I've always tried to use certain different influences, and certainly that kind of church music has always been an influence on me.

ANNOUNCER: Lannie, good call. Let’s go to Canada; Hamilton is where we're headed now. Jason, listener of CKOC, is on the RockLine now. Hey there.

JASON: How are you?

STEVE: Hi Jason, fine thanks.

JASON: What my question is, just wondering, your new album, Refugees of the Heart, how it became that you got the name for the album.

STEVE: It was a line from a song we had called “Another Deal Goes Down”. There was a verse in there, the second verse, that goes, “On the street, the refugees from a war that was lost in the heart”, which was obviously too long for a title, so we thought that Refugees of the Heart made a good title, it kind of summed up the album for me.

ANNOUNCER: It’s kind of an abbreviation of that line. You called that a sinister song, haven't you?

STEVE: Yeah, that’s right.

ANNOUNCER: What do you mean by that?

STEVE: It’s a song about the street and the inner city, and about drug abuse and crime and everything. It was sinister before we'd even written it. We were just messing around with an idea for the song, and before we'd even written it, we referred to it as the sinister one, because it just sounded a little bit sinister.

ANNOUNCER: We're gonna listen to it after a brief time out.

STATION BREAK

ANNOUNCER: Welcome back to RockLine. Steve set up the song very nicely on the other side of the break, and told us how part of it became the title to Refugees of the Heart. Let’s listen now to “Another Deal Goes Down”.

“ANOTHER DEAL GOES DOWN”

ANNOUNCER: “Another Deal Goes Down” from Refugees of the Heart by Steve Winwood. Our next call is from Tokyo, listener of Bay FM 78. This is Hiroiyo, good evening, welcome.

HIROIYO: Hi.

STEVE: Hi.

HIROIYO Uh, can I ask you a question?

STEVE: Please do, yeah, go ahead, feel free.

HIROIYO You've been quite active in the music world, since you were young. What musicians influenced you the most, when you were young?

STEVE: I was influenced by a lot of jazz and pop songs, Rock music of the day, like Buddy Holly, some Elvis influenced me. I also had an older brother, he played jazz, so I was kind of influenced by a lot of jazz musicians at the time. Then also, I started listening to a lot of Blues and R&B; Ray Charles was a great influence, and really, people covering quite a broad spectrum of music, really, from Little Richard, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, that kind of thing influenced me a lot. I've always tried to combine different kinds of music.

ANNOUNCER: And have been able to do that. Hiroiyo, thank you for the call. We're gonna go across the Pacific now to Woodland Hills, California, to speak with Randi. She’s listening to 95.5 KLOS. Hello.

RANDI: Hi, Steve.

STEVE: Hi, Randi.

RANDI: How are you?

STEVE: Fine, thank you. And you?

RANDI: I'd like to consider myself your number one fan. I met you two years ago, at Universal, and I thank you for helping me to stay sane, so to speak. I want you to know your music is still helping.

STEVE: Glad to hear that.

RANDI: And I want to know, what was your inspiration behind the song, “In The Light Of Day”?

STEVE: “In The Light Of Day” was really – when Will and I wrote the song, it was really a fantasy of ours. At that time, there was a lot of trouble in South Africa, and it was our idea of what Nelson Mandela's dream was, while he was in prison. It was really just a fantasy of ours, but that’s what we based the song on.

ANNOUNCER: That is one of the standout songs on Refugees of the Heart, and we would have played that, except it’s close to 10 minutes long, and it would have taken up so much of the time. You should seek that out on the CD if you haven't heard it, it’s outstanding. We're gonna go back to John Barleycorn Must Die and play a Traffic song featuring Steve right now. This is “Empty Pages”, on RockLine.

“EMPTY PAGES”

ANNOUNCER: From John Barleycorn Must Die, Traffic, “Empty Pages”. We're taking a time out. We're coming back with more of Steve Winwood.

STATION BREAK

ANNOUNCER: We're back ... Now to Ken in Philadelphia, listening to WYSP. Hello.

KEN: Hi, Steve.

STEVE: Hi, Ken.

KEN: I want to know, what stopped you from releasing another Back In The High Life or Roll With It? Was there any reason, maybe a personal reason, for releasing a rhythm 'n' blues album?

STEVE: You mean Refugees of the Heart is, you think, more rhythm 'n' blues than Roll With It, is that what you mean?

ANNOUNCER: Is that what you mean?

KEN: Yeah, that’s what I mean.

STEVE: Well, I'm not sure whether I agree. I think Refugees of the Heart does reflect more the ‘60s and ‘70s, probably a different aspect of the ‘60’s and ‘70’s. But it’s probably because I feel that there are elements in the music from the early ‘70s that is in someway missing from some of the music of the ‘90s, and I think I tried to bring that out in this Refugees album.

ANNOUNCER: Well stated. Ken, thanks for the call. We're gonna move to London, Ontario, and talk with Joe. He’s listening to CFPL, FM 96. You're on the RockLine, Joe.

JOE: Good evening, gentlemen.

STEVE: Hi, Joe.

JOE: Hello. My question is, on Back In The High Life, the song “Split Decision” how did you get together with Joe Walsh?

STEVE: I met him over in England a couple times, through a mutual friend. I think we were in New York. He was in New York, and I'd seen him around, and we'd talked quite some time before about doing something together, about writing a song together. We wrote "Split Decision” together, and he also played on “Freedom Overspill”. He’s a great guy; in fact, I wondered if this person called Joe might even have been him, it’s funny he should mention that. (laughter)

ANNOUNCER: I love Joe, and he has a new deal with Epic, and he’s working on new songs right now. The word is, some of these are outstanding songs, and we wish him the best.

STEVE: Yeah, we do.

ANNOUNCER: Joe, thank you for your call. Lorraine is in Washington, D.C., listening to 106.7 WJFK, and she’s waiting to talk to Steve Winwood. You don't have to wait any longer, Lorraine.

LORRAINE: Hi Bob, hi Steve. How are you?

STEVE: Hi, Lorraine. Fine, thanks.

ANNOUNCER: I'm good, yeah.

LORRAINE: I have to tell you Steve, first of all, I am your biggest fan. And the question I have tonight is, in the song, “Come Out And Dance”, did you consciously put in the line, “Take it while you see a chance”,did that come from a previous song, “While You See A Chance, Take It”?

STEVE: Yeah, it was a bit of a quote from an earlier song. I was just saying earlier, when we were out there, that “While You See a Chance” was the first song I wrote with Will Jennings, and so that song’s very close to our hearts, so we always try and recall a bit of that from time to time.

ANNOUNCER Lorraine, thanks for being on, glad you got a chance to be on tonight. We're gonna play another song from Refugees of the Heart by Steve Winwood. This is “Running On”, on RockLine.

“RUNNING ON”

ANNOUNCER: “Running On”,Steve Winwood, from Refugees of the Heart, on RockLine. Let’s take a call from Anchorage. It’s Jeffrey, listener of KWEL, you're on the show with us, Jeffrey.

JEFFREY: Hi B.C.,hi Steve.

STEVE: Hi, Jeffrey.

JEFFREY: Hey have you done any movie soundtracks, and if so, are you planning on doing more in the future?

STEVE: No, not soundtracks as such. I've done a few songs, that have been used in movies, but not soundtracks as such. That’s more a different kind of thing, although I'd like at some point to do that kind of thing. But the incidental music is something I haven't done much of, although I've done some things for a couple of sports programs in Britain. But if the right movie and the right offer comes along, I shall certainly consider doing some songs for movies.

ANNOUNCER: Jeffrey, thanks for being on the RockLine with us. We're gonna go to Tokyo one more time, and talk with Kayko. She’s listening to Bay FM 78. Hi.

KAYKO: Hi.

STEVE: Hi, Kayko

KAYKO: Hi, Steve. You're always active with other bands, but since Blind Faith, you pursued a solo career. Why is that, and what are the differences between solo and working with a band?

STEVE: I think I understood the first, but – I wonder if you could repeat the first bit of your question for me, please.

KAYKO: Why did you pursue a solo career?

STEVE: That kind of happened at the end of Traffic, which was about 1974. I think I'd gotten a little tired of a record and a tour, and then another record and a tour, and I wanted to play with some different people, and to do more session work, and just to break out of that kind of monotony. That’s not to say that they were – there’s been some fantastic days in Traffic, and in all the bands I was in. But I just wanted to explore a bit more, and to do certain things. It’s great being in a band, it is a great thing, but also, the freedom of being a solo artist is also good. So, I think it kind of balances out.

ANNOUNCER: Kayko, thank you very much. We're taking a time out then we're gonna go way back in the past and dig something out of the archives from Steve Winwood and the Spencer Davis Group.

STATION BREAK

ANNOUNCER: Welcome back to RockLine, home stretch with Steve Winwood. Let’s go way back into the past. Spencer Davis Group “Gimme Some Lovin’ ” on the global satellite network.

“GIMME SOME LOVIN’ ”

ANNOUNCER: What a great song. “Gimme Some Lovin’ ”, Spencer Davis Group, featuring Steve Winwood. Steve, do you recall the title of the original album that was on? I'm usually pretty good at that kind of thing, but I can't remember.

STEVE: I'm trying to think. Was it Autumn ’66, I think that’s what it was.

ANNOUNCER: I think that may be it. Autumn ’66.

STEVE: Mind you, I'm murder with dates. But I think it was Autumn ’66.

ANNOUNCER: Let’s take a call from Annandale, Virginia. Sean is on the line. He’s a listener of 106.7, in Washington D.C., WJFK. Sean, you're on.

SEAN: Hi, Steve.

STEVE: Hi, Sean.

SEAN: I had a question. Like, I read in a Phil Collins magazine that you and Phil had collaborated on a cover of "Burn Down The Mission" that was going to be released soon, and I was wondering if it had already been released, or if it was gonna be released pretty soon?

STEVE: Goodness me – um, I can't really tell you, to be honest, whether he’s releasing that or not, but I did play on that, and I did some work for Phil, I think it was about over a year ago. I think there was a commemorative album or something that was being put together, but whether that’s being done now, I don't know, but that’s what "Burn Down The Mission" was done for.

ANNOUNCER: Yeah, I remember hearing about that too. Let’s hope that comes out. Quickly, one more call. Max from Seattle, listening to FM 100 KISW. Quickly please, Max.

MAX: Yes, I feel that your music has had continual success because your music has a lot of emotion in your music, unlike a lot of groups that may have a top 10 song but they don't have the continuation. What do you feel is the main cause of your continuing success?

STEVE: Well -thanks, first of all. It’s very difficult – I suppose I try and keep sight of what made me make records in the first place. Which was just that I like music, and I love playing and singing, and trying to keep that in mind all the time, when I make records or write songs.

ANNOUNCER: Max, thank you for calling. Thanks to everybody, for listening and calling. Our RockLine address is P.O. Box 4383 Hollywood, CA 90078… Special thanks tonight to Ron Weisner and Corrine Alicia of Ron Weisner Entertainment, to Sue Sawyer and Jeff Nawman of Virgin Records, to Michael Bornheim and Dale Moore at the Emerald Sound Studios in Nashville, and thanks to them for hosting RockLine, with Steve Winwood section tonight, he was in Nashville this evening. And, of course, our guest, Steve Winwood. Steve, it’s been a great hour and a half and thank you so much for it. Good luck with the tour, and come back again, OK?

STEVE: Thanks a lot Bob. I enjoyed it a lot. Thank you.

ANNOUNCER: I'm B.C., and I'll be seeing you again in a week.