Chas West has been one of the most sought after vocalists in rock and roll, having performed as a member of Foreigner, Bonham and the Jason Bonham Band, Tribe Of Gypsies, Resurrection Kings, Lynch Mob, Tango Down, and more. Jimmy Burkard is a Detroit native and veteran guitar player who has shared stages with the likes of Billy Idol, Rudy Sarzo, Alice In Chains’ Mike Inez, The Monkees’ Peter Tork, and many more. Jimmy has also been known to play with legendary band Sweet. Chas and Jimmy play together in The Moby Dicks and, of course, they deliver blues-infused rock and roll with West Bound. West Bound has a new single out called “Don’t Stand In My Sunshine” and they are preparing to release a full length follow-up record to their 2019 debut, Volume 1.
In this interview, Chas and Jimmy stop by to tell the story of how “Don’t Stand In My Sunshine” was written and what they have planned for us in the future. The conversation covers topics like the songwriting process, the new record label, and the best ways to endure a career in rock and roll.
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Hello everyone! My name is Scott Itter, but some know me as Dr. Music. I am a music journalist and photographer out of the Chicagoland area, and I have been in practice for over 20 years. I grew up in the 70’s with two big brothers that showed me all kinds of rock and roll. As I grew older I ventured out into different genres like jazz, funk, folk, and whatever else I could wrap my ears around. As I read every liner note and every Circus and Hit Parader like they were the Old and New Testament, I came to realize that I just love sound and appreciate all the people that create it.
I later became a stay-at-home dad and started honing my writing and photography skills to keep my mind from turning into mashed peas. My kids are now adults, my mind is only slightly mushy, and I am thrilled to have the honor of presenting my work to you!