The magic of “America”

Catching up with Dewey Bunnell, founding member of the band America

You know them for their hit songs “You Can Do Magic,” “A Horse With No Name,” and “Sister Golden Hair.” Now you have a chance to see the band America perform those songs you know and love, live. This Sunday, at 7:30 p.m., Greektown Casino is presents their a show at The Music Hall.

Dewey Bunnell, one of the founding members of America, joined “Live In The D” co-host Jason Carr to chat about his musical journey.

Dewey says the longevity of America is music. He says at the end of the day, they get old and fade away, but the music seems to stay young.

“A Horse With No Name” was written by Dewey, and he says he wrote it about the sights and sounds of the desert and getting out into nature in general. He says the horse was just a vehicle to get out there, and says people still ask why the horse was not named.

When it comes to Yacht Rock, Dewey says he does not know where the category came from but is proud to be in it. He says when you have been around for 52 years, you see a lot of changes in the business.

After 50 years on the road, Dewey says playing in Europe and Israel, at ancient Roman amphitheaters, is spectacular because they have been preserved. However, he says they have played in a variety of places in South America, Asia, and Australia, and they love small restored theaters in towns all around the country, so it is hard to pick one venue as a favorite.

Dewey says when he thinks of Detroit, Iggy Pop and Motown music come to mind. He adds that Detroit was always on their tour calendar and they enjoyed it.

Watch the video above for the full interview.


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