Blood Oranges

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Blood Oranges, 1991

The Blood Oranges were an American alternative country band that formed in the late 1980s.[1]

The founding members were Jim Ryan (multi-instrumentalist and vocals), Bob Kendall (bass guitar) then replaced by Liz Wood (later Liz Crawley) (bass guitar, vocals), Mark Spencer (guitar), and Ron Ward (drums). Cheri Knight took over in 1990 after Crawley moved to Wisconsin. Between 1990 and 1994 they released two full albums (Corn River, The Crying Tree) and one EP (Lone Green Valley). Trouser Press described them as "one of America's finest and least formulaic roots-rock combos."

In 1995, Mark Spencer left the band to tour with Lisa Loeb. The group disbanded. Jim Ryan and Cheri Knight have gone on to other musical projects, and the band reunited to record the song "Gathering Flowers for the Master's Bouquet" for the 2003 soundtrack of the movie The Slaughter Rule.


  • Corn River
  • Lone Green Valley
  • The Crying Tree


  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "The Blood Oranges - Biography - AllMusic". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 15 October 2013.