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I’ve Been Out There: On the Road with the Legends of Rock ‘N Roll

In November of 2015, we spoke with Houstonians Grady Gaines and Rod Evans. They’re the co-authors of a book called I’ve Been Out There: On the Road with the Legends of Rock ‘N Roll. Back in the 1950s, Gaines was the musical director and saxophonist for a popular backing band called The Upsetters. He and his […]

Ive Been Out ThereIn November of 2015, we spoke with Houstonians Grady Gaines and Rod Evans. They’re the co-authors of a book called I’ve Been Out There: On the Road with the Legends of Rock ‘N Roll.

Back in the 1950s, Gaines was the musical director and saxophonist for a popular backing band called The Upsetters. He and his band toured with Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Etta James, The Supremes, and many other popular artists of the era. And Gaines still performs in Houston today.

Evans is the former editor-in-chief of Health and Fitness Sports Magazine.

We talk with both men about Gaines and the impact backing bands like The Upsetters had on rock ‘n roll.

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