Strikes

Strikes

by Blackfoot
     
 

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After missing the boat with Lynyrd Skynyrd (for whom he played drums early on), guitarist/singer Rick Medlocke formed Blackfoot, arguably the first all-Native American rock group. The band struggled for almost a decade, playing run-of-the-mill Southern rock that they eventually injected with extra volume and attitude before signing with Atco

Overview

After missing the boat with Lynyrd Skynyrd (for whom he played drums early on), guitarist/singer Rick Medlocke formed Blackfoot, arguably the first all-Native American rock group. The band struggled for almost a decade, playing run-of-the-mill Southern rock that they eventually injected with extra volume and attitude before signing with Atco, for whom they recorded their 1979 breakthrough Strikes. Known as a ferocious live unit and probably the heaviest of Southern rock bands (see opener "Road Fever"), Strikes also proved that Blackfoot could write great melodies for the gloomy "Left Turn on a Red Light" and the inspired cover version of Free's "Wishing Well." But the band's biggest hit would come in the form of the seven-minute "Highway Song," a tune that was admittedly very reminiscent of Skynyrd's "Freebird" and that helped drive the album to gold status. Also of note is the harmonica performance of Shorty Medlocke (Rick's grandfather) on his own blues, "Train, Train."

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Atco
UPC:
0075679041920
catalogNumber:
38112
Rank:
663

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Performance Credits

Blackfoot   Primary Artist
Cub Koda   Harmonica
Donna Davis   Vocals,Background Vocals
Cynthia Douglas   Vocals,Background Vocals
Charlie Hargrett   Acoustic Guitar,12-string Guitar
Pat McCaffrey   Keyboards
Rick Medlocke   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar
Shorty Medlocke   Harmonica
Jakson "Thunderfoot" Spires   Drums,Vocals
Pamela Vincent   Vocals,Background Vocals
Henry Weck   Percussion
Greg T. Walker   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Rick Medlocke   Composer
Shorty Medlocke   Composer
Nalli   Producer
Henry Weck   Producer,Engineer
Scott Anthony   Composer
Zenon de Fleur   Composer

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