Blackfoot (band)

Blackfoot (band)

Infobox musical artist
Name = Blackfoot

Img_capt = Blackfoot perform at the Poncan Theatre in Ponca City, Oklahoma on June 21, 2008. Photo Credit: [ Hugh Pickens]
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Origin = Jacksonville, Florida
Genre = Southern rock, hard rock, Heavy Metal, Southern Metal
Years_active = 1972-1996 2004-present
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Associated_acts = Lynyrd Skynyrd, Uriah Heep
Current_members = Bobby Barth
Greg T. Walker
Charlie Hargrett
Michael Sollars
Past_members = Rickey Medlocke
Jakson Spires
Ken Hensley
Christoph Ullmann
Jerry James

Blackfoot is a Southern rock band from Jacksonville, Florida. They were formed in 1972 and were contemporaries of Lynyrd Skynyrd, and tried for years to make it as a Southern rock band, although they were more popular as a hard rock outfit. [cite web
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] They had a number of hit albums in the 1970s and early 1980s (including "Strikes" (1979), "Tomcattin'" (1980), and "Marauder" (1981)) before their popularity started to wane. They had broken up by 1984, though not before former Uriah Heep keyboardist/songwriter Ken Hensley had joined the group during their last couple of years together.

Frontman Rickey Medlocke revived the name in 1987 with a new backing group and released two additional albums ("Medicine Man" and "After The Reign"). "Medicine Man" was not a commercial success but is generally considered the finest Blackfoot album.

In 1996, Medlocke disbanded the group, and rejoined Lynyrd Skynyrd this time as a guitarist.

In 2004 a second resurrection of Blackfoot took place with founding members Jakson Spires, Greg T. Walker and Charlie Hargrett. Medlocke was not available, however, and the frontman role was given to Bobby Barth. Tragedy struck in March 2005 when Spires died suddenly of an aneurysm, but the band decided to persevere for the time being. Following the will of Spires, Austrian drummer Christoph Ullmann was hired as permanent drummer. In 2006, the band toured and was backed up by Jay Johnson on guitar and vocals. A live DVD was released in 2007. In 2007, the band is touring and consists of bassist Greg T. Walker, guitarist Charlie Hargrett, guitarist and lead vocalist Bobby Barth, and drummer Michael Sollars. In April 2007, Blackfoot released Johnson.

Band Members and Former Members

*Rick Medlocke, vocalist, lead guitarist
*Jakson "Thunderfoot" Spires, drummer, vocalist
*Leonard Stadler, bassist
*Greg T. Walker, bassist, vocalist
*Charlie Hargrett, lead guitarist
*Ken Hensley, guitarist, pianist, keyboardist, vocalist
*Shorty Medlock, harmonica
*Doug Bare, keyboardist
*Rikki Mayr, bassist
*Gunner Ross
*Mark Woerpel
*Bobby Barth, guitarist, vocalist
*Christoph Ullmann, drummer
*Jay Johnson, guitarist, vocalist
*Tim Stunson, bassist
*Dewitt Gibbs, keyboards
*Neal Casal, guitarist
*Jerry "Wyzard" Seay, bassist
*Frank Thomas, drummer
*Jerry James, guitarist
*Stet Howland, drummer


tudio albums

* "No Reservations" (1975)
* "Flying High" (1976)
* "Strikes" (1979)
* "Tomcattin" (1980)
* "Marauder" (1981)
* "Highway Song Live" (1982)
* "Siogo" (1983)
* "Vertical Smiles" (1984)
* "Ricky Medlocke And Blackfoot" (1987)
* "Medicine Man" (1990)
* "After the Reign" (1994)
* "Live On The King Biscuit Flower Hour" (1999)


* "Greatest Hits" (2002)


External links

* [ Official Site]
* [ Greg T. Walker]
* [ Bobby Barth]
* [ Charlie Hargrett]
* [ Southern Rock Allstars]
* [ Review of Blackfoot - Train Train: Southern Rock's Best (Live) DVD]
* [ Live Concert Recording of Blackfoot at the Hollywood Palladium on August 10, 1989]

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