Joseph Fidler Walsh, 20 November 1947, Wichita, Kansas, USA. Guitar hero Walsh started his long and varied career in 1965 with the G-Clefs. Following a spell with local band the Measles, he found major success when he joined the James Gang in 1969. Walshs growling, early heavy metal guitar technique was not unlike that of Jeff Becks, and the Walsh sound had much to do with the achievements of the James Gang. He left in 1972 and formed Barnstorm with Joe Vitale (drums) and Kenny Passarelli (bass). The self-titled album promised much and made a respectable showing in the US charts. Despite the follow-up being credited to Joe Walsh, The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get was still Barnstorm, although the band broke up that same year. The Smoker
became his first gold album and featured some of his classic songs such as Meadows and Rocky Mountain Way. On the latter he featured the voice bag, from which his distorted voice...
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