During the 70s and early 80s, Southern Rock was a
seemingly unstoppable force, a Confederate charge played by real men with true
grit under their fingernails and trail dust in the turn-ups of their ol’ blue
jeans. It began with The Allman Brothers Band and was more than ably reinforced
and carried forth to a worldwide audience by Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Outlaws and
Another leading name with arguably the heaviest
sound in the genre was Blackfoot hailing from Jacksonville, Florida. Lead by
the irrepressible and larger than life Rick ‘Rattlesnake’ Medlocke, Blackfoot’s
string of hit albums from ’79 to ’82 cemented their Southern credentials and in
the absence of Lynyrd Skynyrd due to their fatal plane crash of ‘77, became
leaders of the movement.
By the mid-80s however, West Coast ‘hair metal’ and
a breezier AOR sound were in vogue and with Blackfoot now all but
disintegrated, Medlocke decided to record a solo album. At the insistence of
the label the Blackfoot moniker would remain even though none of the other
members of the band were present for the recording. Instead, Medlocke recruited
musicians from leading US funk-rock band, Mother’s Finest with whom he had
struck-up an affinity following his return to the South.
Released in ‘87, ‘Rick Medlocke And Blackfoot’ is a
different animal to classic Blackfoot but considered by Medlocke to be one of
the finest recordings bearing his name. Featuring a cover of Three Dog Night’s
top ten hit ‘Liar’ written by prolific hit maker Russ Ballard, along with a
version of Mother’s Finest’s, ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Tonight’, musically it’s Medlocke
with the trail dust brushed off, stretching his muscles and delivering a slick,
shiny cadillac of an album.
Fully Mastered Collector’s Edition of the Blackfoot
leader’s only solo album.
Features musicians from Mother’s Finest and
includes Three Dog Night’s hit, ‘Liar’.
12 page booklet with story of the album sleeve-note
by Malcolm Dome from brand new interview with Rickey Medlocke.
Release Date: 17/06/2013