Kansas: “People of the South Wind”

ALBUM: Monolith

YEAR: 1979

WRITER: Kerry Livgren

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Former Kansas lead singer and organist Steve Walsh explains why the Kerry Livren composition “People of the South Wind” represented a move back to the roots for Kansas when it came out in 1979. That was a great song, I thought, Kerry came in with. We had lived in Georgia for four or five years and here he comes with a song about the Midwest. And I thought that was great, because the old stuff, like ‘Cheyanne Anthem’ on Leftoverture, which I think is one of his best lyrics ever, was about the Indians. So I thought it was great. It was a great recapturing by him of our Midwestern roots.”

Steve Walsh celebrates his 66th birthday today (June 15th).


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