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Topeka, Kansas, United States (1970 – 1983, 1985 – present)

Kansas is a band that formed in Topeka, Kansas, United States in 1970. The band is best known for their international hit singles “Carry on Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind”, from 1976 and 1977 respectively.

The band’s classic lineup consisted of Steve Walsh (vocals, keyboards), Richard Williams (guitar), Kerry Livgren (guitar), Robby Steinhardt (violin, vocals), Dave Hope (bass) and Phil Ehart (drums). The band currently consists of Walsh, Ehart, and Williams alongside Billy Greer (bass) and David Ragsdale (violin).

The debut album, ‘Kansas’, was released in March 1974, nearly a year after it was recorded in New York. It defined the band’s signature sound, being comprised of a mix of American-style with complex, symphonic arrangements featuring changing time signatures similar to British art rockers. Steinhardt’s violin was a distinctive element of the group’s sound, which set them apart from other groups of the era. The band slowly developed a cult following, due to promotion by pop/rock impresario Don Kirshner and extensive touring for their debut album. Two follow-ups, ‘Song for America’ and ‘Masque’, both came out in 1975 and brought them additional acclaim, the releases showing the band’s philosophical-based lyricism in songs such as the myth-inspired “Icarus (Born On Wings Of Steel)”.

Kansas released its fourth album, ‘Leftoverture’, in November 1976, which produced a massive hit single in “Carry on Wayward Son” and brought comparisons to other records such as Yes’ ‘Fragile’.

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