Pure Prairie League and Firefall at Harvester
450 Franklin Street
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Despite significant personnel changes, Pure Prairie League maintained itself as a successful country-rock band during the 1970s and early ’80s, releasing ten albums and enjoying hits — including “Amie” and “Let Me Love You Tonight” — with different configurations of the group.
Pure Prairie League was formed in Columbus, Ohio, in 1969 by singer/songwriter/guitarist Craig Fuller, singer/guitarist George Powell, bass player Jim Lanham, and drummer Tom McGrail, who gave the band its name, which was the name of a women’s temperance group in the 1939 Errol Flynn movie Dodge City. Pure Prairie League built up a following in Ohio, playing around Cincinnati for a year before earning a record contract with RCA Victor. By that time, McGrail had left and been replaced by Jim Caughlin, though Billy Hinds had also drummed with the band for a time. Adding steel guitar player John David Call, the group went into the studio and recorded its self-titled debut album. The cover depicted a Western character named Luke, drawn by Norman Rockwell, which appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post in 1927. Luke would turn up on all the band’s subsequent album covers, giving them a distinctive visual conception.
For tickets and more information, visit harvester-music.com or call 540-GUITARS (484-8277).