Thursday, August 10, 2023

The Staton Brothers Band - The Staton Brothers Band (1972 us, beautiful harmonized folk rock)

Produced by John Simon, 1972's cleverly-titled "The Staton Brothers Band" with several of these tracks were quite good in an imitative way.  Largely written by Jeffrey Staton, 'S.F. To La', 'Take It Back' and 'I Need To Be Alone' showcased lots of strumming acoustic guitars, catchy melodies, and four-part harmony vocals.

The time the Staton Brothers record was released there was a major record strike on the west coast and as a result, no distribution.  The record climbed the charts in the SF Bay area, but no one was able to get a copy of it.  The records sat undistributed for over two months. 
The band did tour all over the US and focused largely on the east coast.  When they returned from the tour, no records had been distributed.
Jeff Staton who is now Jeff Jones went on to not only tour with Stephen Bishop and Art Garfunkel, and now has mainly focused on writing.  He wrote several songs for Alabama - Calling All Angels - which went gold, Brooks & Dunn, and is currently writing and composing in Nashville, TN.
Mike Staton also lived in Nashville, recorded several CD's, and was the driving force behind the local Rockabilly Radio Show in Nashville. 
Donny Mederos not only plays with the Blues Defenders, he is also the bass player for Mississippi Blues Man Johnny Rawls on the west coast. 
Bad Cat
1. S.F. To L.A. - 3:05
2. Take It Back - 3:03
3. April - 4:00
4. No One Listens   -  3:14
5. I Need To Be Alone - 3:21
6. Four Days Gone (Stephen Stills) - 4:22 
7. Mobile Blues (Mickey Newbury) - 3:04
8. One Man Woman - 2:10
9. Mother Nature's Son (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) - 3:59
10.Ooh Did I Miss Her  - 2:42
11.Night In The City (Joni Mitchell) - 4:04
12.Bridge Of Your Faith - 5:56
All songs by Jeffrey Staton except where stated

The Staton Brothers Band
*Hal Atkinson  -  Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals, Percussion, Congas
*Donny Mederos  -  Bass, Backing Vocals, Dobro Guitar
*Jeffrey Staton (Aka Jeff Jones)  -  Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Piano
*Michael Staton  -  Vocals, Lead Guitar 
*John Simon - Orchestral Arrangements