If you grew up in the 70s, you were probably a fan of Steely Dan whose mix of humor, jazz, and pop made for numerous singles and albums that defied description but were always in the groove. If any band could have possibly followed the path suggested by The Beatles final studio album, Abbey Road, Steely Dan probably came closest.

Epi fan Ricki Lee Jones recently penned a tribute for Rolling Stone to Steely Dan's late founder Walter Becker who passed away over Labor Day weekend. Check it out:

"They introduced a new idea into the musical conversation of the time. It was the idea that intelligent music was cool. In a year where drum solos lasted minutes, quarter hours even, and singers screamed – a lot. Steely Dan made it cool to be educated. It is safe to say that they are the beginning of college rock."

Also read our exclusive interview with Ms. Jones about her new favorite archtop, the Epiphone Olympic and visit her website for tour details.