Tuesday, April 2, 2019

McKendree Spring - Second Thoughts (1970 us, marvelous folk rock with prog touches)

Named after Connecticut-raised frontman Fran McKendree, the Columbus-based 4-piece Mckendree Spring (with Martin Slutsky, Larry Tucker and Michael `Doc’ Dreyfuss) began performing a residency at NY’s Bitter End venue in 1969. A hybrid of country, blues and folk, the group had several years developing their blend on the North American circuit, although their recording successes were somewhat overshadowed by their top-billing cohorts such as The Everly Brothers and James Taylor; subsequent tours alongside Frank Zappa/Mothers Of Invention, Billy Preston and Average White Band followed.

The eponymous Mckendree Spring (1969) laid the foundations for their Top 200-breaking sophomore effort, Second Thoughts (1970), cover highlights on the sets included Tom Rush’s `No Regrets’, Bob Dylan’s `John Wesley Harding’ and James Taylor’s `Fire And Rain’.
1. Fire And Rain (James Taylor) - 3:44
2. Susie, Susie (Fran McKendree) - 1:58
3. Friends Die Easy (McKendree Spring) - 3:57
4. Got No Place To Fall (Fran McKendree) - 3:30
5. Oh Now My Friend (Fran McKendree) - 3:47
6. Cairo Hotel (Adam Mitchell) - 4:48
7. Because It's Time (Fran McKendree) - 2:09
8. 'Lani (Fran McKendree) - 2:52
9. For What Was Gained (Eric Anderson) - 7:46

The McKendree Spring
*Fran McKendree - Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards
*Martin Slutsky - Guitar
*Larry Tucker - Bass
*Michael Dreyfuss - Violin, Keyboards, Violin, Viola
*Adam Mitchell - Synthesizer, Harmonica, Keyboards
*Fran Michel Adam - Harmonica, Piano, Moog Synthesizer

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