Grinderswitch was an American southern rock band. They recorded a number of albums for Capricorn Records in the 1970s, but never achieved the same widespread recognition enjoyed by some of the label's other artists, such as The Allman Brothers Band and Marshall Tucker Band. They also recorded for Atlantic. In the UK they are perhaps best known for their recording "Pickin' the Blues", which was used for many years by the disc jockey John Peel as the theme tune for his BBC radio shows.
The nucleus of the band for most of its lifetime consisted of Paul Hornsby (keyboards), Dru Lombar (lead guitar, lead vocals), Joe Dan Petty (bass guitar, vocals), Rick Burnett (drums) and Larry Howard (guitar, vocal). The lineup for their first album was augmented by Dickey Betts (guitar) and Jai Johanny Johanson (congas).
- 1974 Honest to Goodness (US)
Tracks: 01. Kiss The Blues Goodbye (Dru Lombar) - 4:57 02. Can't Keep A Good Man Down (Dru Lombar, Larry Howard, Joe Dan Petty, Rick Burnett) - 3:55 03. How The West Was Won (Larry Howard) - 5:23 04. Eighty Miles To Memphis (Joe Dan Petty) - 3:01 05. Catch A Train (Dru Lombar) - 4:43 06. Roll On Gambler (Larry Howard) - 5:17 07. Homebound (Dru Lombar) - 6:47 08. Peach County Jamboree (Dru Lombar) - 3:49 Bonus: 09. You're So Fine (live version) (Lance Finnie, Willie Schofield, Bob West) - 3:28 Personnel: - Dru Lombar - lead guitar, slide guitar, lead vocals - Larry Howard - electric & acoustic guitars - Joe Dan Petty - bass, backing vocals - Rick Burnett - drums, congas, percussion + - Paul Hornsby - piano, organ, producer - Richard Betts - guitar (01) - Jaimoe (Jai Johanny Johanson) - congas (02,03)
- 1975 Macon Tracks (US)
- 1977 Pullin' Together (US & UK)
Tracks: 01. Higher Ground 02. I'm Satisfied 03. That Kind Of A Woman 04. Kill The Pain 05. You're So Fine 06. Open Road 07. Fact Of Life 08. Nobody Can 09. As Sure As Tomorrow
- 1977 Redwing (US) U.S. No. 144
Tracks: All tracks written by Grinderswitch except where noted. 01. Redwing - 4:27 02. You And Me - 2:50 03. That Special Woman - 2:28 04. Taste Of Love - 7:14 05. This Road - 4:05 06. Wings Of An Angel - 3:33 07. Watermelon Time In Georgia (Harlan Howard) - 2:18 08. I Bought All The Lies - 2:56 09. Faster And Faster - 3:05 Personnel: - Dru Lombar - lead guitar, slide guitar, lead vocals - Steve Miller - keyboards - Larry Howard - electric & acoustic guitars - Joe Dan Petty - bass - Rick Burnett - drums, percussion + - Paul Hornsby - producer
- 1979 Right On Time (US)
- 1981 Have Band Will Travel
Tracks: 01. One Hour Into Sunday 02. A Real Good Sign 03. The Warm Kind 04. Ashes And Stone 05. Golden Minutes 06. Lady Luck 07. Open Road 08. The Fever 09. Bound And Determined