Rich Hopkins of The Sidewinders/Sand Rubies on the Difference Between Phoenix and Tucson

By William Michael Smith (for Houston Press/Rocks Off Houston)

Living most of his adult and professional life in Tuscon, Arizona, former Sidewinders/Sand Rubies front man Rich Hopkins has recently relocated to Houston.

For those who don't remember, Hopkins and his mates in the Sidewinders hit the charts at the tail end of the '80s with "Witch Doctor" (1989) and immediately followed up with "We Don't Do That Anymore" (1990). They got lots of spins on VH1 and MTV.