Phil Ehart qualifies as a big influence on me too Lar. Kansas' first 4 albums, and especially the first 3, really spoke to me. After Leftoverture, I kind of lost interest in the band. "Down The Road" is one of the all time great driving songs.
Oh that's right lol, welcome Kyle.
The best way to do art, is to dispense with good and bad...and just get on with it.