RIP Robby Steinhardt of Kansas

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  1. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
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  2. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    RIP. Kansas and Robby's violin was an important part of my university's soundscape.
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  3. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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    Sad to hear . A talented musician and a great band . R.I.P.
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  4. Jeff67

    Jeff67 Country Gent

    Nov 3, 2019
    Crockett, Texas
  5. bhatta

    bhatta Gretschie

    Jun 29, 2020
    Such a great band.
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  6. MrWookiee

    MrWookiee Synchromatic

    Jun 17, 2020
    SoCal, USA
    Oh man, such a great musician and band! RIP Robby. You and your fiddle changed a lot of perceptions about what rock music could be.
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  7. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    He was the Hagrid of Rock n Roll:


    One of my faves:

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  8. stevo

    stevo Friend of Fred

    May 1, 2012
  9. toddfan

    toddfan Synchromatic

    Mar 12, 2012
    I lived in Lawrence KS and got to see Kansas many times in the local clubs right before they got their recording contract. They were a killer live band then...also, got to see then on the Song for America tour and wow...what a great group of musicians. Robby was an essential component of that group (as were Steve, Kerry, Phil, Rich and Dave). 71 is WAY too young to leave us.
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  10. JC higgy

    JC higgy Gretschified

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
  11. Butch Ammon

    Butch Ammon Gretschie

    Jan 3, 2016
    Richmond, VA
    Oh man... I heard about this today.... RIP Robbie Steinhardt. :(

    I remember back in the 70's when my (aging, very elderly) grandmother gave me her prized, heirloom, concert violin that she played thousands of concerts with in NY City back around 1915, 1916, etc... I looked at it like, "okay, so it's a 4 string guitar without frets...". She taught me the tuning, the fingerings, and that was it. I took it from there. The first band I realized had a beautiful violin as a part of the sound was KANSAS. So, I learned to play along to Robbie Steinhardt's violin parts by ear, without ever having taken a lesson.

    He was incredible and was actually seriously skilled, as in Philharmonic Orchestra quality type of skills! But he decided to join up with other members who equally had the idea of creating progressive rock music with a violin, and the rest is history.
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  12. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    I knew the band when they were White Clover when I was stationed at Forbes AFB in Topeka. They lived all together in an old house. Robby joined them couple of years after I transferred overseas. His violin work suited the band well. Sad to hear when someone my age passes. RIP Robby.
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