Country rock band Pure Prairie League originally took shape back in the the mid-60s in Waverly, Ohio. Their hits "Amie" and "Let Me Love You Tonight" are a staple on classic rock radio stations. The band may have slowed down for a time but they're back and better than ever. And as of 2014, Pure Prairie League is still going strong - playing nearly 100 shows annually!
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Pure Prairie League Background
Pure Prairie League started with Craig Fuller (guitarist/vocalist/songwriter); Jim Lanham (bass player); George Powell (vocalist/guitarist); and Tom McGrail (drummer). McGrail was credited with giving the band its name, which was cleverly adapted from the film Dodge City, starring Errol Flynn. In their native Ohio, Pure Prairie League grew their fan base, gigging around Cincinnati prior to cinching a record deal with RCA Victor. Following some lineup changes, the band stepped into the studio and produced their first official eponymous album. The album dropped in the spring of 1972. Unfortunately for the band, the album didn't make any waves commercially and the group once again underwent some shifts in the fold. The band soldiered on and released Bustin' Out in 1972 as well. Again, the album's sales were disappointing and RCA discarded them. Not to be discouraged, they continued to peddle their music in the Midwest.
In 1974, the band's tour efforts didn't go unnoticed and radio stations picked up their infectious tune, "Amie." The song was released as a single and RCA eventually renewed their contract with Pure Prairie League. As a re-release, Bustin' Out fared well on the charts in rocketed to the Top 40. Eventually, it claimed gold certification. Two Lane Highway came next in 1975, which netted a Top 40 slot. If the Shoe Fits was issued in 1976 and yielded a version of Buddy Holly's "That'll Be the Day." Dance served as the group's fifth album and although it only graced the Top 100, it did manage to land on the country charts for the first time. The band continued to record for the remainder of the 70s and welcomed 1980 with Firin' Up, which earned a spot in the Top 40 of the LP charts. The band kept at it throughout the 80s but by the close of this decade, the group called it quits. About a decade later, Pure Prairie League resurfaced again with a refreshed lineup. They started to work on a new record in 2002 but the project didn't make it to fruition until three years later when All in Good Time came out. As of 2012, Pure Prairie League is comprised of Donnie Lee Clark, Mike Reilly, John David Call and Scott Thompson.
Pure Prairie League Albums
Pure Prairie League's albums include: Pure Prairie League (1972); Bustin' Out (1972); Two Lane Highway (1975); If the Shoe Fits (1976); Dance (1976); Takin' the Stage (1977); Just Fly (1978); Can't Hold Back (1979); Firin' Up (1980); Something in the Night (1981); Mementos (1987); and All in Good Time (2005).
Pure Prairie League Trivia
The Pure Prairie League supports several charitable organizations, including the BurghSTOCK Concert Series based in Pittsburgh.
Pure Prairie League Concert Experience
Way before YouTube and iTunes, people depended on their radios and live stage shows for introductions to music of the day. It didn't matter that there were just a few stations to choose from. While that idea is hard to grasp in today's day and age, for music lovers of the era, the radio, as well as the stage, were a godsend.
No matter what your preference for music, Pure Prairie League deliver an effervescent live show that bubbles with energy and electricity that can't be achieved through speakers. The band preserves the music of soft rock/country rock while simultaneously adding a breath of fresh air to these timeless decades. Pure Prairie League promise a night you'll never forget as they showcase their talents along with the contagious energy of the group through their country music!
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