Fuller started the band in and McGrail named it after a fictional 19th century temperance union featured in the Errol Flynn cowboy film Dodge Gimme Another Chance - Pure Prairie League - If The Shoe Fits.
The band has had a long run, active from the early s through the late s. The band was revived in and again in and as of continues to perform over concerts a year in venues across the nation. Concerts for have already been booked. Although the band has its roots in Waverly, it was actually formed in Columbus, Ohioand had its first success in Cincinnati. D Blackfoot and Robin Suskind a popular guitar teacher in the University of Cincinnati neighborhood on guitar and mandolawith John David Call joining the band later that year.
Call's steel guitar added country credibility to the band's playlist and sparked guitar duels with Fuller that created Every Tub - Count Basie - Count Basie signature sound of the band. They rose to popularity as the house band at New Dilly's Pub in the Mt. Adams section of Cincinnati. Jim Caughlan, who had played guitar and drums with Fuller, Call and McGrail in earlier bands, took over on drums and Jim Lanham from California replaced Stokes on bass.
Early on, the Pure Prairie League was looking for national artist representation and they made contact with a well-known Cleveland-based rock and roll promoter, Roger Abramson. At the Gimme Another Chance - Pure Prairie League - If The Shoe Fits of the group's roadie who had also roadied for the James Gang Jim "Westy" Dont Fear It - Delicate Instruments / Octo Octa - Dont Fear It EP, Abramson saw the band at New Dilly's Pub and later signed them to a management contract.
Abramson was able to land a contract with RCA Records. He then placed Slow Death - Various - CBGB (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Prairie League as an opening act with many of the concerts he produced at that time. Their eponymous first album used a Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post cover showing a trail-worn cowboy, named Luke, who would appear on the cover of every Pure Prairie League recording thereafter.
Bustin' Out begun in the summer of was produced by Ringe and featured the songs of Fuller and Powell. Bustin' Out was released in October Shortly afterward, the group returned to Ohio and Fuller had to face trial for charges of draft evasion in Kentucky.
Before conscientious objector C. At this point, RCA dropped the band and their future looked bleak. By Augustthe band members were in Cincinnati and managed to persuade Call to return. Fuller, though out of prison by now, was working the late shift in a community hospital to satisfy his C. He was eventually given a full pardon by President Gerald Ford.
Reilly took over as the band's leader and brought in his friend Larry Goshorn vocals, guitars to replace Fuller in November Goshorn had played in a popular Ohio band called The Sacred Mushroom. Pure Prairie League hit the road and began playing gigs constantly, mostly in the Northeast, Gimme Another Chance - Pure Prairie League - If The Shoe Fits , and Southeast.
As " Amie " grew in popularity, radio stations began receiving requests for it. It peaked at No. Highway was the band's highest 'charter' at No. InCall left because of increasing back troubles. In there was a mass exodus as the Goshorns left to form their own group, The Goshorn Brothers, and Powell, the last remaining original member, retired from the road to run his pig farm in Ohio. But the group soldiered on as Reilly quickly brought in temporary members, California country rocker Chris Gimme Another Chance - Pure Prairie League - If The Shoe Fits vocals, guitar and the group's soundman, Jeff Redefer guitarto play a few shows until new, permanent players could be located.
In Septemberauditions led to the hiring of Vince Gill vocals, guitars, mandolin, banjo, fiddle. Further auditions brought in Steven Patrick Bolin vocals, guitars, flute, saxophone in January Sax player Jeff Kirk accompanied the band on some of their dates during the tour. Casablanca Recordswho at this time was trying to play down its reputation as primarily a disco label, signed Pure Prairie League and other non-dance acts to its roster in However, as fate would have it, Casablanca ultimately went bankrupt and was sold to Polygram Records.
Polygram then dropped most of Casablanca's roster, including Pure Prairie League. Both Gill and Wilson left in early and Gill pursued a successful solo country career.
Despite the lack of a recording contract, the group still found itself in demand as a live act and played in clubs and at outdoor festivals. Tim Goshorn returned in and Mike Hamilton vocals, guitars, from Kenny Loggins ' band also joined the same year and was Les Sunlights - Les Roses Blanches for 6 months until mid Longtime drummer Billy Hinds retired from the road in Sax player Dan Clawson took over for Garth in and Gary Burr vocals, guitars was there from to Mementoswhich contained re-recordings of their best known material plus four new songs, was released on the small Rushmore label in December and was recorded back in Ohio, where the band had returned to their home base.
In the band decided to call it quits. Fuller, who had already joined a reformed Little Feat inplayed with Pure Prairie League for their final shows in the spring of A decade later Warzone - Various - Hardmosh - Indonesian Hardcore CompilationPure Prairie League was back with a lineup of Fuller, Connor, Reilly, Burr, Fats Kaplin pedal steel guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, accordion, washboard and Rick Schell vocals, drums, Gimme Another Chance - Pure Prairie League - If The Shoe Fits . After two years, Burr was succeeded by Curtis Wright vocals, guitars in June The group began work on a new album inyet abandoned the sessions and separated again after Schell became busy with other projects.
After a long battle with cancer, Michael Connor died on September 9, Their first album in 18 years, this release appeared on the small Drifter's Church label. Since this time, Pure Prairie League has continued to tour, playing a handful of shows every year. Mike Reilly was sidelined in after he was forced to undergo a liver transplant. Jack Sundrud from Poco came in to sub for Reilly. Rick Plant also did a brief stint with them on bass before relocating to Australia in late In MayReilly appeared at a few shows The Love Of 99 - Debbie Duveen & The Millbanks - Neon Classic played guitar yet was unable to come back full-time until As of Mayit was announced, via the Pure Prairie League website, that Fuller would not be appearing at all of the band's shows that year since he decided to take a break from touring.
He ended up leaving the group again altogether by In MayScott Thompson vocals, drums, percussion replaced Rick Schell, who departed to continue to grow his real estate business.
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