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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Plum Nelly Photos & New CD

Plum Nelly
Plum Nelly
Plum Nelly
Plum Nelly
Plum Nelly
Plum Nelly
Check out these pictures of Plum Nelly. As many know, Plum Nelly was a band that original 13th Floor Elevators Bassist, Benny Thurman, was in. He played fiddle; his natural instrument. Bennie said, "I wasn't too much on bass, I was a fiddle player, violin. I couldn't play bass worth a darn, but I said I'd learn. It was hard, but I got a big ol' jazz bass from John Ike [Walton]. I could keep up and was on a lot of the fast rock stuff, but then they got into those romantic love songs, with Roky singing."
Plum Nelly
Plum Nelly
Plum Nelly
Plum Nelly

Tennessee native Billy Stoner started Plum Nelly as a duo with Jerrie Jo Jones in 1973, creating a stir at the Kerrville Folk Festival and winning the New Folk Contest that year. Shortly after, Bennie Thurman, Ernie Gammage and Johnny Richardson were added to the group. Stoner’s songs were at the core of the Plum Nelly catalog although the rest of the band, individually and collectively, wrote material.

Plum Nelly
Plum Nelly
Plum Nelly
Plum Nelly

Not long after Plum Nelly’s inception in 1974 and following a string of successful gigs at Castle Creek, Soap Creek Saloon, the Alliance Wagon Yard and other “upper-echelon” Austin hot spots, they began working at the largest and most famous club of the era, the Armadillo World Headquarters. In addition to headlining their own shows, Plum Nelly appeared with national acts like the Charlie Daniels Band and the Flying Burrito Brothers and local faves Greezy Wheels.

Finally, Plum Nelly has a CD out! Never- before-heard tracks from the “mystery tape,” Nashville sessions, and rare live performances fill out this 15-song collection. From 1974 until 1977 PLUM NELLY was a staple in Austin’s progressive country scene playing iconic venues such as the Armadillo World Headquarters, Soap Creek Saloon and the Kerrville Folk Festival. Aside from two cuts on Kerrville Folk Festival compilations, none of this material has ever been heard by the public. The CD is rightly titled “Used to be a Redneck.” Visit the Plum Nelly CD Baby Store by clicking the picture of the plum below.

Plum Nelly
Plum Nelly




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2 comments:

Unknown said...

I remember them best for "silver threads"

Wayne White said...

I remember them best for "silver threads"