Eli Radish Band

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Eli Radish Band
Genres Outlaw Country, Rock
Associated acts Danny Sheridan, David Allan Coe, Bandaloo Doctors, David Crosby, Bonnie Bramlett, Ringo Starr, The Who, The Doors

The Eli Radish Band were pioneers of "outlaw country" and "alt-country" music. Deana Adams said in her 2003 rock history book Rock 'n' roll and the Cleveland connection:

They were country when country wasn’t cool. They were country rock when there was no such thing. Eli Radish practically defined the term “alternative.[1]

The group signed with Capitol Records in 1969 and released their only album I Didn't Raise My Boy To Be A Soldier which featured updating of World War I & II era type patriotic/anti-war songs.

After recording for Capitol Records, then Olympia Records and even with rumors of a live concert still in the can at Sun Records, the group had disbanded by the late 1970s. However, various members still influence the entertainment business today.


Eli Radish founder and bassist Danny Sheridan has continued to compose and produce songs for David Crosby, Scarlet Rivera, actress Amy Madigan and other CD, TV and film projects. He helped to launch his then girlfriend Nina Blackwood's MTV career, and Sheridan continues to produce her national radio shows[2] and oversee her SiriusXM career.[3] He co-hosted a talk show on 97.1 KLSX-FM in Los Angeles and is a frequent speaker on various songwriter and music industry panels, often performing for charity events including Farm Aid and the Los Angeles Musician's Picnic.[4] His own hard rock / blues based Bandaloo Doctors gave ex-wife Bonnie Bramlett’s career a comeback, and Sheridan has performed several acting parts on TV and in film.[citation needed]

Eli Radish incorporated the drumming skills of Skip Heil from South Euclid, Ohio in its inception, through its recording years and into the final days when members went their separate ways. Skip now resides in the wine country of northern California, continuing his songwriting activities. Rick "Muskrat" Kennedy plays acoustic solo shows at various resorts. Pedal steel player/guitarist Tom "The Foss" Foster tours the U.S. with several groups, and violinist "Little" Eva Karasik, who has recorded on a number of CDs including Jorma Kaukonen's Quah, now performs with the San Francisco Opera.[5] In 1969 Eli Radish was signed with legedary rock and roll promoter and manager Roger Abramson. During these years throughout the 1970s, Roger Abramson included the band on concerts with many nationally known groups from The Doors to Country Joe and the Fish.

When David Allan Coe began writing a string of hits that included “Would You Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone)” for a then teen-aged Tanya Tucker, and the tune, “Take This Job And Shove It”, Coe called on Sheridan to join him on his tours. Coe's hits include “You Never Even Call Me By My Name”, “Willie, Waylon, And Me” and "Longhaired Redneck".


  • I Didn't Raise My Boy To Be A Soldier (LP, Album)(1969) Capitol Records


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