McKendree Spring

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McKendree Spring
McKendree Spring in 1970
McKendree Spring in 1970
Background information
OriginGlens Falls, New York, United States
Genresfolk rock
Years active1969–1976, 2009-
MembersFran McKendree
Dr. Michael Dreyfuss
Christopher Bishop
Martin Slutsky
Carson Michaels

McKendree Spring is a progressive folk-rock band, formed in 1968 and particularly active in the early 1970s.[1][2] The band, originally known as McKendree Spring Quartet, formed at Adirondack Community College in Queensbury, New York.[3] The group's leader was Fran McKendree (vocals and guitar); their first bass player was Larry Tucker then Fred Holman; Dr. Michael Dreyfuss (electric violin, viola, Moog, Arp, Mellotron); and 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.[4][5]

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.

According to the official site, Michael Dreyfuss died on September 25th, 2017.

Fran McKendree died on June 10th, 2021 after a long journey with cancer.

McKendree Spring was among hundreds of artists whose material was destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.[6]


  • 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)
  • Times Like These (2015) (McKendree Spring Records)


  1. ^ Mayer, Ira (1972-06-11). "Article 2 -- No Title; McIlwaine To Jake's Jewels". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 July 2009.
  2. ^ "McKendree Spring Get Me to the Country". The Village Voice. 1975-04-14. Retrieved 14 July 2009.
  3. ^ Glens Falls Post-Star 5 August 1968, p. 2
  4. ^ Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 20 May 1972. p. 14. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Michael "Doc" Dreyfuss, Electronic Violist and Violinist Extraordinaire!". Archived from the original on 16 September 2006. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  6. ^ Rosen, Jody (25 June 2019). "Here Are Hundreds More Artists Whose Tapes Were Destroyed in the UMG Fire". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  7. ^ McKendree Spring discography, allmusic. Retrieved 15 July 2009.

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