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Blackfoot - Alive In America

Blackfoot - Alive In America

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Blackfoot is an American Southern rock band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 1969. The band’s classic lineup consisted of guitarist and vocalist Rickey Medlocke, guitarist Charlie Hargrett, bassist Greg T. Walker, and drummer Jackson Spires.

During the spring of 1969, Rickey Medlocke and Greg T. Walker met New York City native Charlie Hargrett in Jacksonville and organized the band “Fresh Garbage”. Early in 1970 the band relocated to New York’s Manhattan borough.

By late 1975, the group was living back in Gainesville, Florida. During 1977, they communicated with Black Oak Arkansas’ manager, Butch Stone, who hired them as the backing group for one of his clients, Ruby Starr, who had been a backup singer for Black Oak but was now becoming self-employed. After the stint with Ruby ended during 1978, they met Brownsville Station manager Al Nalli and his partner Jay Frey, who got them a contract with Atco Records.

Blackfoot Strikes, produced by Al Nalli and engineered by Brownsville Station drummer Henry Weck, was recorded in Nalli’s basement studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan and was completed by January 1979. It was destined to be the band’s most commercially successful effort. The song “Train, Train”, written by Rickey’s grandfather, “Shorty” Medlocke, became their first success and best known song. “Highway Song” proved to be another success for them later that year.

The group toured frequently during 1979; late during the year they opened for the band The Who at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, while developing their next album, Tomcattin, which was released during 1980. This recording was made July 2, 1979 in Denver Colorado at the Rainbow Music Hall during the band’s Strikes tour.

Tracklist:

1. I Can’t Be So Bad (I Want To Talk To You)

2. Pay My Dues

3. I Got A Line On You

4. Wishing Well

5. Left Turn On A Red Light

6. Baby Blue

7. Road Fever

8. Trouble In Mind

9. Train, Train

10. Highway Song

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