Friday, November 02, 2007


Howdy pardners, i've been in a Southern mood this last week or so, and although i don't usually deviate too much from the straight & narrow, apart from the occasional sideways tangent, i thought i'd treat all y'all to a six pack of Southern fried sizzlers for tonights post.
So kick back on y'porch, uncork a bottle of Makers Mark and prepare yerselves for some swamp boogie rawk'n'rollin'.
Up first, from the not really that Southern state of Missouri, the self titled debut album from 1977 from the somewhat obviously named Missouri. These Kansas City boys rawk out with catchy abandon and no shortage of catchy finesse. Led by Ron West, brother of Shooting Star's Gary West, these boys put in two hard years of touring off the back of the minor success of this album and it's minor hit single "Movin' On", leading eventually to a major label deal which yielded the follow up album "Welcome Two Missouri" in '79. Unfortunately due to the fickle finger of fate, they lost their deal with Polygram shortly after the release of LP No2, and despite sticking around until 1984, they released no further music. This is great stuff, and another tragic tale of "what might have been...". If you like this one ROBOTS FOR RONNIE blog has that 2nd album sitting waiting for you.

MISSOURI - Missouri (1977) USA

Next, we're proud to bring you the 3rd album by Louisiana four piece Potliquor, this is "Louisiana Rock & Roll" which came out in 1973 on the Janus label. A great rump shaking bluesy rock'n'roll quartet, this is another gem of a band who've never been given the plaudits they deserved. When the history of Southern Rock gets written these boys deserve their own chapter, i bet it'd be one hell of a tail. There's some gospel, country and Hard Rock diversions here, just to keep it interesting, but what they do best is rootsy gutbucket Southern rock'n'roll, and they deliver here in spades, with some of their most memorable material being on this here record.
You can find their 2nd album "Levee Blues" and their 4th, "Potliquor" over at ROBOTS FOR RONNIE too. Tell 'em NILOOB sent ya.

POTLIQUOR - Louisiana Rock & Roll (1973) USA

Way back to 1972 now for the 2nd album by Georgia four piece Eric Quincy Tate. Yup, it's a band, not a solo artist. Apparently "Eric" was from Eric Burdon, singer with THE ANIMALS, "Quincy" was from Quincy, Massachusetts, and "Tate" was the surname of a Navy buddy of the bands leader Donnie McCormick. The album "Drinking Man's Friend", came out on the home of 70's Southern Rock, Capricorn Records out of Macon Georgia, and that should be all you need to know before you click the download link. If not, let me further tempt you by saying this is a brilliant unassuming little record made by awesome musicians who can play the hell out of just about any style without overdoing it and deliver unpretentious down home stuck in your head for days rock'n'rollin' with passion and soul. Go forth and download.

ERIC QUINCY TATE - Drinking Man's Friend (1972) USA

Here's a little something for all y'all now which should float the boats of all those who enjoyed the recent DOC HOLLIDAY post, this is a "solo" album by their keyboard player Eddie Stone. Now, normally i wouldn't be getting too worked up by a keyboardists solo album, but Eddie's amassed some of the finest players in the South to join him on this outing, and it's quite a record let me tell you. Joining him on this one are ALL the other members of Doc Holliday, Ronnie Hammond from ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION, several members of THE OUTLAWS, and folks from MARSHALL TUCKER BAND, MOLLY HATCHET, STILLWATER, MOTHER'S FINEST, The BAMA BAND and GRINDERSWITCH, amongst others. As well as Stone's excellent original songs, there are several co-writes with Doc Holliday's Bruce Brookshire and covers of songs by JOHN FOGERTY and COWBOY. What'cha waiting for?

EDDIE STONE & FRIENDS - Eddie Stone & Friends (2004) USA

Now, you should all be well aware of the mighty Point Blank, they released several of the key Southern Rock albums of the 70's before heading off in a more radio friendly direction which maintained their Texan roots right into the early part of the 1980's. After many years apart, they reconvened for a charity concert in 2005 and have stuck at it, returning to recording this year with the aptly titled "Reloaded". This one cherry picks the highlights from their early career and gives them a kick up the ass 2007 style, this is the actual recorded sound of the South rising again!

POINT BLANK - Reloaded (2007) USA

Finally, here's a newer act which you should really acquaint yourselves with, ten piece rawk gods White Cowbell Oklahoma. Yes, i did say ten piece, these guys have four, yes four guitar players! Apparently their live show includes naked go-go dancers, chainsaws and fire breathing, haven't had the pleasure of checking them out live, but it must be quite an experience going by the unholy sound on this here debut Mini LP from 2002. The sound is classic, the delivery is much more modern, if SKYNYRD had grown up on KISS and LIZZY, they might've sounded like this.

WHITE COWBELL OKLAHOMA - White Cowbell Oklahoma Mini LP (2002) USA

That's all for tonight, fear not, things'll be back to "normal" in time for the next post, which i'll try and get done for midweek next week, lot's of Hard Rawk, NWOBHM and Heavy Metal nuggets still to come. Hope you enjoy this Southern diversion, i'll look forward to your comments on this one!


Blogger Luc said...

Hello, very good stuff. I don't know the last disc.
About Eric Quicy Tate and their discography:

1) Eric Quincy Tate (Cotillion,1970)
Great album, just reissued on CD with bonus. Soul blues with horns.

2) Drinking Man's Friend (Capricorn, 1972)

3) EQT (GRC, 1975) Excellent album: live + studio.

4) Can't Keep A Good Band Down (SLI, 1977). Very good live.

5) Six Pack (SLI, 1978). Live. 6 tracks.

6) Rock And Roll Transfusion (Chicken Scratch, 1989). Live.

7) Vintage Vinyl, Vol. One. Compilation with 4 unrealeased tracks. 3 are live and incredibely good.

8) Thirty-Seven (Emphasis, 2007). Completed by a set by Donnie McCormick: "1st Set" (Emphasis, 2007)

Saturday, November 03, 2007 1:39:00 PM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

Thanks for the info Luc, i knew of the 1st 4 and the last 1 but not about the 3 in between, more to add to the "wants list" i think.
I only recently discovered the band and got their 2nd & 3rd albums, i'm really enjoying them.
"EQT" will be coming up soon here, i've alreasy ripped it, so look for it here in the not too distant future if you enjoyed "Drinking Mans...".
Thanks again for the lowdown Luc.

Saturday, November 03, 2007 2:17:00 PM  
Blogger Luc said...

About Missouri, there is a compilation, "Revisited", from 2003 with a new song.

About Point Blank. It was at first released by French label Dixiefrog. What is the US label?

Saturday, November 03, 2007 2:42:00 PM  
Blogger Luc said...

And Eddie Stone did a first CD in 1999: "Right Tonight" (White Clay)with members of Stillwater (Mike Causey, Rob Walker), Chris Hicks, Paul Hornsby, Tim Brooks, Spencer Kirpatrick (Hydra) and more.

Saturday, November 03, 2007 2:44:00 PM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

Thanks again for the additional background info Luc. I'm on the hunt for that first Eddie Stone album right now, i'm loving "& Friends" right now.
I don't know what the US label is for the Point Blank album i'm afraid, this one's on Dixiefrog as you said.
I've been trying to track down some stuff by the band Mose Jones, do you know of them Luc?
I believe theey released 3 albums in the '70's.

Saturday, November 03, 2007 10:17:00 PM  
Anonymous nightsblood said...

Don't know any of these albums (not familiar w/ Southern Rock) but did want to say thanks again for all the great metal posts lately. I've been poking around in the blog archive and have found some pretty cool stuff (e.g., that Chemical Alice EP and the live Angel Witch material).

Saturday, November 03, 2007 11:53:00 PM  
Blogger Luc said...

Mose Jones:
1) Get Right (MCA, 1973)
2) Mose Knows! (MCA, 1974)
3) Blackbird (RCA, 1978)

Drummer Bryan Cole sent me a sampler with 2 tracks of Mose Jones in live and the band sounds different.
I interviewed him and the interview is available (in English) at

They were firend with Lynyrd Skynyrd.

1) You can read others interviews at by musicians of Point Blank, Hydra, Grinderswitch, Stillwater, Winters Brothers Band, Black Oak Arkansas, Southern Rock Allstars, Rebel Pride, or by producer Paul Hornsby.
2) I can send to you the Eddie Stone thru YouSendIt or with another tool.

Sunday, November 04, 2007 3:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Steamhammer said...

man,this just keeps getting better and better!

Sunday, November 04, 2007 10:40:00 AM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

Wow, thasnks again for all the info Luc, i've only been able to find one Mose Jones song thus far, i forget the name of it, an instrumental which was interesting, quite jazzy sounding.
I'll certainly be checking out those interviews, thanks for the tips. If you could upload that other Eddie Stone album i'd very much obliged to you my friend.
Thanks agaiin for taking the time to respond.

Sunday, November 04, 2007 11:43:00 AM  
Blogger Luc said...

How to send you the Eddie Stone?
Could you give me your email address?

Mine is

Monday, November 05, 2007 4:18:00 AM  
Blogger xmac said...

Love the point blank, great that they are back together again,found an amazing video of them on you-tube, incredible guitar work.Thanks for sharing

Monday, November 05, 2007 4:32:00 AM  
Blogger Luc said...

Guitarist Buddy Whittington (who plays with Point Blank and John Mayall) has just released his first CD (self titled). It's blues rock.

Monday, November 05, 2007 5:30:00 AM  
Blogger Luc said...

About Point Blank, I just get an email from drummer Buzzy Gruen saying is performing again with Point Blank.
I hope I'll have the opportunity to meet him physically during the next European trip of the band. Last summer, I met the musicians of Point Blank and we got very interesting interviews from Rusty anf Buddy. These guys are very nice.

Monday, November 05, 2007 10:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks again bigfootkit for sharing all these music gems with us.I'd like to ask you if you have Full Moon(US Hard Rock) -"State of Artist" for uploading.Keep Rockin'

Tuesday, November 06, 2007 7:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Nils Tibor said...

Thank you very much for Missouri and Point Blank.
Great stuff.


Tuesday, November 06, 2007 1:01:00 PM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

Glad you enjoyed 'em Nils.
Anonymous, i do indeed have that Full Moon album, i'll look it out & get it upped soon.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007 9:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Matt said...

A NWOBHM request: Split Beaver - When Hell Won't Have You. I purchased a download of this from a Russian site & all the files are messed up. I found a link on Time Traveler's page, but it's dead. Has anyone out there got this? A re-up would be greatly appreciated.
Many Thanks
oh... I second that Full Moon request.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007 9:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said... for all of eric quincy tate's music on CD and DVD..............Thanks Dave

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