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Colla, Stephens have ‘News’ to ‘Cheer’ about

By From page B3 | January 04, 2013

FAIRFIELD — Two local musical success stories, Johnny Colla, a Huey Lewis and The News founding member, and Leigh Stephens, founding member of the 1960s band Blue Cheer, have collaborated on a song for Stephens’ forthcoming release, “A Rocket Down Falcon Street.”

While the two musicians never met when they both lived in the area, they struck up a friendship a couple of years back when Colla invited Stephens to a Huey Lewis and The News show.

At the time, Stephens was in the midst of his recording project and had the idea of putting a saxophone on one track. Colla not only delivered the track, but ended up co-producing and mixing the song as well. It’s tentatively titled “Red Straits In The Sunset.”

Back in the 1960s and a few years apart, Stephens played in a local band called The Tallyrands, while Colla  was in the band The Yewess Army.

Colla said he was in awe of all the high school rock bands a few years ahead of him, including Stephens’ band, saying, “They were as close to real hippies as Solano County got!”

You can find out more about Colla at www.johnnycolla.com. Stephens’ website is www.leighstephens.net.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.
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