Cry of Love (band)

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Cry Of Love
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Background information
Origin North Carolina
Genres Hard rock, Southern rock
Years active 1989–1997
Labels Columbia Records
Associated acts The Black Crowes, Lynch Mob, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Warrant
Past members Audley Freed
Robert Kearns
Jason Patterson
Pee Wee Watson
Kelly Holland
Robert Mason

Cry Of Love was an American rock band, formed in 1989 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The group released their debut album in 1993 (Brother), produced by John Custer before playing the Monsters of Rock festival the following year. After this show, their frontman Kelly Holland was fired from the band on October 14th 1994 by Audley Freed & John Custer. For unknown reasons, the public were subsequently informed that he had left the band. They scored a number-one hit on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart with "Peace Pipe" in 1993.

Ex-Lynch Mob and current Warrant singer Robert Mason was recruited as Holland's replacement some three years later. Together they recorded a new album in 1997 (Diamonds & Debris), but the band split shortly afterwards.

Former band member Audley Freed was recruited to the Black Crowes in 1998, and he played with the band until October 2001. He also played on Crowes' lead singer Chris Robinson's second solo album in 2004, and on the subsequent tour.

Their former bassist Robert Kearns later played with Lynyrd Skynyrd, after the death of Ean Evans, until early 2012. Freed and Kearns formed a band named Big Hat that also includes Keith Gattis - vocals/guitar; Peter Stroud - guitars; Fred Eltringham - drums; Ike Stubblefield - keyboards. Freed and Kearns (along with Stroud and Freed's multi-talented wife, Jen, were in 2013 part of Sheryl Crowe's touring band).

Former singer Kelly Holland died from a severe abdominal infection on February 24, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. [1]

Line-up[edit]

  • Audley Freed - Guitar (1989–1997)
  • Robert Kearns - Bass, Vocals (1989–1997)
  • Jason Patterson - Drums (1989–1997)
  • Pee Wee Watson - Vocals, Guitar (1989–1990)
  • Kelly Holland - Vocals, Guitar (1991–1994; died 2014)
  • Robert Mason - Vocals, Guitar (1996–1997)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Brother (April 1993)
  1. "Highway Jones" (A. Freed, K. Holland) 5:12
  2. "Pretty As You Please" (A. Freed) 3:47
  3. "Bad Thing" (K. Holland, A. Freed, J. Custer) 3:07
  4. "Too Cold In The Winter" (K. Holland, A. Freed) 3:54
  5. "Hand Me Down" (A. Freed) 3:47
  6. "Gotta Love Me" (A. Freed, K. Holland, J. Custer) 3:25
  7. "Carnival" (A. Freed) 5:10
  8. "Drive It Home" (A. Freed, K. Holland, J. Custer) 4:06
  9. "Peace Pipe" (A. Freed, K. Holland) 3:58
  10. "Saving Grace" (A. Freed) 6:23
  • Diamonds & Debris (August 1997)
  1. "Empty Castle" 4:29
  2. "Hung Out To Dry" 4:46
  3. "Sugarcane" 3:26
  4. "Fire in the Dry Grass" 5:24
  5. "Georgia Pine" 4:28
  6. "Warm River Pearl" (Mike Wilson) 4:27
  7. "Sweet Mary's Gone" 4:26
  8. "Revelation (Rattlesnakes & Queens)" 3:17
  9. "Bring Me My Burden" 5:23
  10. "Sunday Morning Flood" 7:08
  11. "Diamonds & Debris" 3:58
  12. "Hung Out Redux" 1:19
  13. "Garden of Memories" (Mike Wilson) 4:07

Singles[edit]

  • "Bad Thing" (1993) U.S. Mainstream Rock #2;[2] UK #60[3]
  • "Peace Pipe" (1993) U.S. Mainstream Rock #1
  • "Too Cold in the Winter" (1994) U.S. Mainstream Rock #13
  • "Sugarcane" (1997) U.S. Mainstream Rock #22

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/02/24/3650673/kelly-holly-lead-voice-of-cry.html
  2. ^ Billboard, Allmusic. passim
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 129. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.