The dynamic Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame band, The Sixth Generation, started performing in 1966 and released their first chart-topping song called “This Is The Time” in 1967. The band is living a dream that began when they attended high school together. The dream was interrupted for 40 years while they went to college, started and raised families and tended to careers, but since they got back together in 2010, their hit songs “That Was The Time,” “Rock On England” and “Dance On The Wind” have captured the hearts of people far and wide across the world.
The Sixth Generation, made up of Dave Walenga (drums, vocals), Ron Hamrick (keyboards, vocals), Paul Davies (bass, vocals) and Fred Hulce (keyboards, vocals), have built an expansive and loyal fan base known as “Generators.” The band’s mission statement must be to take their listeners on an amazing musical journey…for as long and as far as possible. And boy have they succeeded!
Much like their 2012 album “That Was… This Is”, the new 2015 single “Livin’ in a Small Town”, is another extraordinary walk with an incredible cast of musicians who know how to play good old rock n’ roll. The Sixth Generation takes “new modern-day” song formulas and throw it out the window, which is what makes this band so special…that and their awesome vocal and musical talents. There is nobody else like them around currently and I hope they keep it up for a long time to come.
These guys are having a blast, trading lead vocals and harmonies on energetic folk-rock, quirky rockabilly, and pop-influenced music that shimmer with the respect and esteem the members clearly hold for each other. From today’s perspective, The Sixth Generation are a reminder that music, particularly rock n’ roll music, which had moved through all sorts of dark phases in the 70s and mid-80s, was above all supposed to be about having fun, both for the audience and for the performers. The members of the The Sixth Generation sure were having fun recording their songs and performing their music, which when I really think about it, is what makes listening to this music, after too long an absence, such a pure, unadulterated joy!
When I listen to the peaceful, easy-flowing melody and harmonies on “Livin’ in a Small Town”, I understand why the members belong to this group regardless of age. It was, and is the music that binds them together. It is the music that was, and is the heart of their friendship. It probably was never about fame or what could have been in another place or time. When The Sixth Generation gathered, and then decided to stay together, for all this time, it was about one thing…the music. Thank God!
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