McKendree Spring in 1970
|Origin||Glens Falls, New York, United States|
|Years active||1969–1976, 2009-|
Dr. Michael Dreyfuss
McKendree Spring is a progressive folk-rock band, active mainly in the early 1970s. The band consisted of Fran McKendree (vocals and guitar), their first bass player was Larry Tucker (shown in the picture) then Fred Holman took over bass, Dr. Michael Dreyfuss (electric violin, viola, Moog, Arp, Mellotron), Martin Slutsky (electric guitar). Christopher Bishop replaced Holman on bass as of the 1973 release Spring Suite. Some of their music ventured into avante-garde or experimental territory, such as "God Bless the Conspiracy" from their album 3, with its violin/viola/synthesizer solo by Dreyfuss.
Steve Anderson (bass and vocals) and Alan Stoker (drums and vocals) were added for the "Live at the Beachland" live performance recording and 2007 release. In addition, Dave Morrison (harmonica) also played on the live album.
In the summer of 2010, Christopher Bishop (bass and vocals) rejoined the group for the recording of 5 songs for "McKendree Spring: Recording No. 9". This recording also featured Alan Stoker (drums/percussion/vocals), Paul Hollowell (keys) and Fred Mollin (synth).
The band reunited for one final show at the legendary Douglas Corner club in Nashville, May 2013, which was video recorded and released in Dec. 2015 on DVD as McKendree Spring: Times Like These. Fran McKendree, Mike 'Doc' Dreyfuss, and Marty Slutsky, the three founding members of the band, are supported by bassist Chris Bishop, keyboardist Paul Hollowell [Dolly Parton], Nashville standouts Alan Stoker (drums and vocals) and Rock Williams on sax, along with harmony singing by Carol Anderson and Sharon Ferrara Slutsky.
- McKendree Spring (1969) (Decca DL 75104)
- Second Thoughts (1970) (Decca DL 75230)
- McKendree Spring 3 (1972)(Decca DL 75332)
- Tracks (1972) (Decca DL 75385)
- Spring Suite (1973) (MCA 370)
- Get Me to the Country (1975) (Pye 12108)
- Too Young to Feel This Old (1976) (Pye 12124)
- Live at the Beachland Ballroom (2007) (McKendree Spring Records 700261208701)
- Recording No. 9 (2010) (McKendree Spring Records 845121029130)
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