Monday, September 8, 2014

Grinderswitch - Redwing (1977 us, awesome southern blues rock, 2010 edition)



Grinderswitch was a southern rock band formed in Warner Robbins, Georgia. They recorded for Capricorn Records, but never rose to same success as their label mates, The Marshall Tucker Band or The Allman Brothers Band.

Grinderswitch was formed in 1973, while original members Dru Lombar, Larry Howard, Joe Dan Petty and Rich Burnett lived together in farm, practicing and writing songs. Joe Dan Petty was working for The Allman Brother Band at the time and supported other members of Grinderswitch, before they got a record contract.

After Capricorn Records signed them, first album "Honest to Goodness", came out in 1974. It started never ending touring for them, taking brakes only to record new albums. Grinderswitch performed side by side with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Wet Willie, The Charlie Daniels Band and other southern rock’s greatest stars. Macon Tracks album came out in 1975 and contained their best known song "Pickin' the Blues".

In mid 70’s the band joined Stephen Miller whose musical adventures included John Lee Hooker, Al Kooper, Tom Fogerty, Elvin Bishop, Allman Brothers among others, he also recorded three albums with Linn County in late 60’s. With Stephen Miller on keyboards and vocals, Grinderswitch released three studio albums “Pullin' Together” 1977, “Redwing” 1977 and “Have Band Will Travel” in 1981 and as producer. There is also 1977 recorded unreleased album under the name "Chasing Wild Desires".
Tracks
1 Red Wing 4:30
2 You And Me 2:53
3 That Special Woman 2:31
4 Taste Of Love 7:16
5 This Road 4:08
6 Wings Of An Angel 3:35
7 Watermelon Time In Georgia (Harlan Howard) - 2:20
8 I Bought All The Lies 2:59
9 Faster And Faster 3:05
All songs written by Grinderswitch except where stated.

Grinderswitch
Dru Lombar - Guitar, Vocals
Stephen Miller - Keyboards, Vocals
Rick Burnett - Drums
Larry Howard - Guitar, Vocals
Joe Dan Petty - Bass, Vocals

Related Acts
1968 Linn County - Proud Flesh Soothseer
1969 Linn County - Fever Shot 
1970  Linn County - 'Till The Break Of Dawn
1969-70/72  Elvin Bishop - Party Till The Cows Come Home

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3 comments:

  1. Really amazing album,one of their best....

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  2. Fully agree with kobilica. Do you also have their 'Unfinished Business'?

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