Progressive rock is generally considered an English affair, focusing on the likes of Yes and King Crimson. However, in America, its best known exponents are Kansas. Although the band are best known for their US radio staples 'Carry On Wayward Son' and 'Dust In The Wind,' their musical range runs much deeper. A unique blend of European prog and American blues, Kansas are capable of an extended symphonic epic followed by a shorter, gritty blues song. Yet even those tracks are never simple three‐chord tunes and virtually everything the band has recorded has a progressive touch. Such is the beauty of Kansas’ music.
About The Author
Kevin Cummings is a musician and writer. He holds a master’s degree in music theory and a bachelor’s degree in music education. His varied career includes positions as a college music instructor, a technical writer and over two decades as a church musician. An active composer, Kevin maintains a website offering original music, recordings and arrangements, as well as transcriptions of Kerry Livgren’s music. Through it all, he has been a progressive rock nerd, especially concerning the music of Kansas. He lives in Elmira, New York.
Author: Kevin Cummings