It’s been a big week for former Toto singer Bobby Kimball with the release of his brand new album “Where Not In Kansas Anymore.” A tip of the hat to his old band and a move to slightly different territory even though it’s sounds very much like Toto in spots.
The new project is project is co-written by Kimball and John Zaika who also produced the album. The first “Too Far Behind” is an amalgamation of Blues, Rock, Pop and that thunder that gets us speeding tickets. Another favorite is “Hey, It’s Me” demonstrates that the Bobby Kimball story is further inspirational through the lens of time. He just turned 70 and has had a few dips through the years but this track shows the vigor of a 20-year-old taking a stand.
Kimball told us that many steps lead him to being in Toto and he knew a few of the guys a few years before that debut album was ever released. (Clip)
When talking to Bobby Kimball it’s impossible not to ask about Toto. As we prepare to do a special on all the Toto albums we asked him to share an anecdote on their second album “Hydra” from 1979 and he over modulated our mic again when talking about the tune “Mama.” (Clip)
Thanks to former Toto singer Bobby Kimball for chatting with us. His new album is, “Were Not In Kansas Anymore.” It’s bright, inspirational, Power/Pop at it’s best. There is not a weak track on the album. I’ve been playing the tunes “Scam” and “Some They Do” in my car. I love those multi-layered big tasty tunes with that sense of purpose and the production by John Zaika is brilliant.
We are hoping to get some of the Toto boys next to chat about that new tour for the summer, a new album and 40th Anniversary tour in 2018 and Steve Lukather is working on his autobiography. – by John Beaudin
John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 33 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio.