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Grinderswitch - Have Band Will Travel (CD)




Crossroad Production





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Southern Rock (US)

Original release 1981
Re-issue Crossroad Productions 2010

Grinderswitch was a southern rock band formed in Warner Robbins, Georgia. They recorded for Capricorn Records, but never rose to same success as their label mates, The Marshall Tucker Band or The Allman Brothers Band.

Grinderswitch was formed in 1973, while original members Dru Lombar, Larry Howard, Joe Dan Petty and Rich Burnett lived together in farm, practicing and writing songs. Joe Dan Petty was working for The Allman Brother Band at the time and supported other members of Grinderswitch, before they got a record contract.

After Capricorn Records signed them, first album Honest to Goodness, came out in 1974. It started never ending touring for them, taking brakes only to record new albums. Grinderswitch performed side by side with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Wet Willie, The Charlie Daniels Band and other southern rock’s greatest stars.

Macon Tracks album came out in 1975 and contained their best known song Pickin' the Blues. Pullin' Together was released in 1976 with critical acclaim and included live favourites Higher Ground and You're So Fine.

In late 70’s when disco started to rose its ugly head, like with many other bands, Grinderswitch’s record sales suffered and they finally broke up in 1982 after releasing 5 albums between 1974 and 1982. There is also 1977 recorded unreleased album under the name Chasing Wild Desires, that hopefully sees release in the future.


Joe Dan Petty Vocals, Bass
Stephen Miller Keyboards, Vocals
Rick Burnett Drums
Dru Lombar Guitar, Vocals
Austin Pettit Guitar, Vocals

01. One Hour into Sunday
02. A Real Good Sign
03. The Warm Kind
04. Ashes and Stone
05. Golden Minutes
06. Lady Luck
07. Open Road
08. The Fever
09. Bound and Determined