Grinderswitch

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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.[1] 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.

History[edit]

The nucleus of the band for most of its lifetime consisted of 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), Jai Johanny Johanson (congas) and Paul Hornsby (keyboards, produced). Vocalist Joe Dan Petty had been a member of the Allman Brothers Band road crew. Former Elvin Bishop Band keyboardist Stephen Miller joined the band starting with their "Pullin' Together" album.

Discography[edit]

1974 Honest to Goodness (US)[edit]

Tracks:

  1. "Kiss The Blues Goodbye" - (Dru Lombar) - 4:57
  2. "Can't Keep A Good Man Down" - (Dru Lombar, Larry Howard, Joe Dan Petty, Rick Burnett) - 3:55
  3. "How The West Was Won" - (Larry Howard) - 5:23
  4. "Eighty Miles To Memphis" - (Joe Dan Petty) - 3:01
  5. "Catch A Train" - (Dru Lombar) - 4:43
  6. "Roll On Gambler" - (Larry Howard) - 5:17
  7. "Homebound" - (Dru Lombar) - 6:47
  8. "Peach County Jamboree" - (Dru Lombar) - 3:49

Bonus:

  1. "You're So Fine (live version)" - (Lance Finnie, Willie Schofield, Bob West) - 3:28

Personnel:

  • Dru Lombar - lead and slide guitars, lead vocals
  • Larry Howard - electric and acoustic guitars
  • Joe Dan Petty - bass, backing vocals
  • Rick Burnett - drums, congas, percussion
Additional Personnel
  • Paul Hornsby - piano, organ, producer
  • Richard Betts - guitar (1)
  • Jaimoe (Jai Johanny Johanson) - congas (2, 3)

1975 - Macon Tracks (US)[edit]

All tracks written by Dru Lombar, Joe Dan Petty, Larry Howard and Rick Burnett except where noted.

Tracks:

  1. "Mail Train Blues" - 3:55
  2. "Put It All In Today" - 4:09
  3. "Now I'm Lovin' You" - 4:04
  4. "Happy Like Me" - 3:25
  5. "The Best I Can" - 2:53
  6. "Let The South Wind Blow" - 4:12
  7. "Drifter" - 4:13
  8. "Get It While It's Hot" - 3:30
  9. "Pickin' The Blues" - (Lloyd Copas) - 5:01 This song is credited to Cowboy Copas on the album, but Dru later said it was actually an Elmore James jam.

Personnel:

  • Dru Lombar - lead and slide guitar, lead vocals
  • Larry Howard - lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Joe Dan Petty - bass, backing vocals
  • Rick Burnett - drums, percussion
Additional Personnel
  • Charlie Daniels - fiddle, banjo
  • Paul Hornsby - piano, clavinet, organ, production

1976 - Pullin' Together (US & UK)[edit]

Tracks:

  1. "Higher Ground"
  2. "I'm Satisfied"
  3. "That Kind Of A Woman"
  4. "Kill The Pain"
  5. "You're So Fine"
  6. "Open Road"
  7. "Fact Of Life"
  8. "Nobody Can"
  9. "As Sure As Tomorrow"

Personnel:

  • Dru Lombar - lead and slide guitar, lead vocals
  • Stephen Miller - keyboards and vocals
  • Larry Howard - lead and acoustic guitar, vocals
  • Joe Dan Petty - bass, vocals
  • Rick Burnett - drums
Additional Personnel
  • Jimmy Hall - harmonica
  • Jerry Joseph - congas
  • Paul Hornsby - producer

1977 - Redwing (US)[edit]

All tracks written by Grinderswitch except where noted.

Tracks:

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
  • Stephen Miller - keyboards
  • Larry Howard - electric & acoustic guitars
  • Joe Dan Petty - bass
  • Rick Burnett - drums, percussion
  • Paul Hornsby - producer

1977 - Unfinished Business (released in 2000)[edit]

Tracks:

01 How Come It Is?
02 Moving On Back To You
03 The Warm Kind
04 Your Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone
05 Dr Hectors Traveling Show
06 I Count The Tears
07 If The World Was My Guitar
08 Thats What You Get
09. Lady Luck
10. Wheel Of Fortune

Personnel:

  • Dru Lombar - lead guitar, lead vocals
  • Stephen Miller - keyboards, vocals
  • Larry Howard - lead guitar, vocals
  • Joe Dan Petty - bass, background vocals
  • Rick Burnett - drums
  • Austin Pettit - guitar on track 10
  • Paul Hornsby - producer

1980 - Right On Time (US)[edit]

Tracks:

01 Movin On Back to You
02 Lady Luck
03 Confusion
04 80 Miles to Memphis
05 Slow Movin Dancer
06 Brand New Feeling
07 When The Rain Comes Down
08 How Come it is

Personnel:

  • Dru Lombar - lead guitar, lead vocals
  • Stephen Miller - keyboards, vocals
  • Chris Anderson - lead guitar, vocals
  • Joe Dan Petty - bass, background vocals
  • Rick Burnett - drums
  • Produced by Grinderswitch

1981 - Have Band Will Travel[edit]

Tracks:

01. One Hour Into Sunday (June Black) - 3:14
02. A Real Good Sign (Dru Lombar) - 3:19
03. The Warm Kind (Steve Miller) - 3:49
04. Ashes And Stone (David Anderson, Owen Davis) - 4:45
05. Golden Minutes (Steve Miller) - 3:50
06. Lady Luck (Dru Lombar) - 3:28
07. Open Road (Rick Burnett, Steve Miller, Joe Dan Petty, Dru Lombar) - 3:17
08. The Fever (Dru Lombar) - 4:11
09. Bound And Determined (Steve Miller, Dru Lombar) - 3:14

Personnel:

  • Dru Lombar - lead guitar, slide guitar, lead vocals
  • Stephen Miller - keyboards, vocals
  • Austin Pettit - guitar, background vocals
  • Joe Dan Petty - bass, background vocals
  • Rick Burnett - drums
  • Produced by Dru Lombar and Steve Miller

2005 - Ghost Train From Georgia[2][edit]

Tracks:

01. Where'd You Learn To Love Like This?
02. Who's Been Cheatin' On Who
03. When Two Hearts Beat As One
04. Ghost Train From Georgia
05. Holding On To Someone Letting Go
06. Two Wheel Ride
07. Close Enough For Love (For Me)
08. Homebound
09. Help Me Lord
10. Miss Understanding
11. Dixie Flyer

Personnel:

  • Dru Lombar - lead guitar, slide guitar, lead vocals
  • Eddie Stone - keyboards, background vocals
  • Jack Corcaran - guitar
  • Steve Miller - bass, background vocals
  • Wally Condon - drums
  • Produced by Dru Lombar and Wally Condon

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