After more than four decades, 38 Special continues to bring their signature blast of Southern Rock to more than 100 cities every year. At each performance, thousands of audience members are amazed by the explosive power of the band. Along with their die-hard fans, 38 Special’s many gold and platinum records stand in testament to the endurance of the legendary powerhouse. With sales in excess of 20 million records, most people associate the band with their arena-rock pop smashes, “Hold On Loosely,” “Rockin’ Into the Night,” and “Caught Up in You.” Their timeless hits are immediately recognizable from the opening chord, and many remain as radio staples – paving the way for their present-day touring.
Guitarist and vocalist Don Barnes says it’s all about maintaining that intensity in their live shows. “We never wanted to be one of those bands that had maybe gotten a little soft or complacent over the years. We’re a team, and it’s always been kind of an unspoken rule that we don’t slack up, we stack up. We go out there every night to win,” Barnes said. “This music keeps our wheels on the road. We’re a band that’s tried to stay honest with what has driven us over the years. We started out with nothing but bold determination to make our own history and to endure. Looking back now, it has been our greatest accomplishment and we’re very proud to have persevered and attained that level of success and longevity. For us, it’s the ultimate validation.”
Along with Barnes, the band includes bassist Barry Dunaway, drummer Gary Moffatt, and keyboardist/vocalist Bobby Capps. The most recent addition to the band is legendary virtuoso guitarist and vocalist Jerry Riggs. When 38 Special takes the stage, it’s always a celebration of camaraderie and brotherhood, complete with a long history of classic songs, as well as surprisingly fresh new material.
Since 1976, the band has released more than 15 albums. And from the start, they’ve toured relentlessly, bringing their signature brand of ‘muscle and melody’ to fans worldwide.
“The magic’s still there,” adds Barnes. “It’s an emotional high for us to keep ‘bringing it’ after all these years. When those lights go down and we all walk up those steps to the stage and hear that crowd roar, it’s a real rush to the head. It feels like we’re getting ready to strap ourselves in and it just takes off from there.”
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