Band of the Week Winners  560 - 579

Week #560 

June 18, 2021 

00:00 / 04:20

Normaltown Reunion performing "Brown Sugar"

Winner:  Tom English, Archdale, NC.  Co-winners:  Andy Johnson, Athens, GA;  Kip Shepherd, Huntsville, AL;  Darryl White, Melbourne, AU;  Chris Hartstonge, London, UK;  Matt Morris, Winston-Salem, NC;  Kenneth Rogers, Atlanta, GA;  Steve Fleming, Seattle, WA.

Hint: this band was a loosely compiled group of Athens musicians that gathered for a one-and-done performance in June of 1983 at the Watt on Broad. It was Doug's brainchild, based on his longtime habit of frequenting a Normaltown tradition at Allen's on Wednesday nights. While this band included the musicians who were part of that group, it also included several musicians who had performed with that Wednesday night group at one time or another. The front man was an Athens music legend who, sadly, passed away a few years ago. We'll award a bonus of 5 points to everyone who can identify that Athens icon. Good luck everybody!!

Week #561 

June 25, 2021 

00:00 / 03:23

the Lyres performing "Never Do it Better"

Winner:  Tom English, Archdale, NC.  Co-winners:  Andy Johnson, Athens, GA;  Kip Shepherd, Huntsville, AL;  Darryl White, Melbourne, AU;  Matt Morris, Winston-Salem, NC;  Mitch Harris, Athens, GA;  Chris Hartstonge, London, UK;  Steve Fleming, Seattle, WA;  Craig Williams, Portland, OR;  Dan Matthews, Watkinsville, GA;  Kenneth Rogers, Atlanta, GA;  LH Sales, Atlanta, GA.

Hint: this band called Boston home. It was among the first bands associated with the Ace of Hearts label to come play the Watt on Broad in the mid 1980's. They formed in 1979 but didn't release their first record until 1984. They were active until 1989, when the front man/keyboardist moved to California for a year. Upon his return to Boston the band re-formed for a period in the early 1990's, then they were dormant until 1999. They released several studio albums, EP's, CDs and compilations during their career. Good luck everybody!! 

Week #562 

July 2, 2021 

00:00 / 03:06

the Michael Guthrie Band performing "Junior, Behave Yourself"

Winner:  Tom English, Archdale, NC.  Co-winners:  Darryl White, Melbourne, AU;  Andy Johnson, Athens, GA;  Mitch Harris, Athens, GA;  Celeste Dickson, Athens, GA;  Kip Shepherd, Huntsville, AL;  Kenneth Rogers, Atlanta, GA; Matt Morris, Winston-Salem, NC;  Chris Hartstonge, London, UK

Hint: this band sits on the fence , in the sense that they've been featured as a local band and as an out-of-town band. The reason for that is they moved to Charlottesville, Virginia just about the time I moved back to Georgia from Richmond. The issue is moot; they can call both towns home and so can I. Either way, they have been making good music since around the late 60's, although there have been personnel changes along the way. The one constant through the years has been the guitarist/lead vocalist, who still performs in Athens in one concatenation or another. Good luck everybody!!

Week #563 

July 9, 2021 

00:00 / 03:48

the Silos performing "Just This Morning"

Winner:  Darryl White, Melbourne, AU.  Co-winners:  Tom English, Archdale, NC;  Matt Morris, Winston-Salem, NC;   Andy Johnson, Athens, GA;  Kip Shepherd, Huntsville, AL;  Mitch Harris, Athens, GA;  Chris Hartstonge, London, UK

Hint:  this band formed in New York in 1985, when their first LP was recorded. That effort has  since been followed by 16 more, although the two founding members split in 1990 with the front man purchasing the rights to the name. The release of their third album led to an appearance on Letterman and a tour in support of the record and this recording. Good luck everybody!!

Week #564 

July 16, 2021 

00:00 / 05:18

Empty Biscuit performing "Bottom of the Sea"

Winner:  Tom English, Archdale, NC.  Co-winners:  Chris Hartstonge, London, UK;  Andy Johnson, Athens, GA;  Matt Morris, Winston-Salem, NC; Darryl White, Melbourne, AU;  Mitch Harris, Athens, GA;  Kip Shepherd, Huntsville, AL; Craig Williams, Portland, OR;  Kenneth Rogers, Atlanta, GA.

Hint: this duo was two members of an Athens band that I had worked with after I left the Watt in February of 1990. The front man had prospect of selling some of his songs to publishers in New York, so he arranged for the percussionist and me to join him in performing for a very select audience of big city music industry persons in hopes of securing some contracts of that nature. The high hopes didn't pan out but the audience was very polite and encouraging, which is usually what can be expected in situations of that ilk. Good luck everybody!!

Week #565 

July 23, 2021 

00:00 / 05:36

Fetchin' Bones performing "Twister"

Winner:  Tom English, Archdale, NC.  Co-winners:  Darryl White, Melbourne, AU;   Andy Johnson, Athens, GA;  Matt Morris, Winston-Salem, NC;  Kip Shepherd, Huntsville, AL; Chris Hartstonge, London, UK;  Melissa Kemmerly, Atlanta, GA;  Dan Matthews, Watkinsville, GA;  Kenneth Rogers, Atlanta, GA.

Hint: this was one of the North Carolina bands that came to play the Watt on Broad in its heyday and developed a loud and loyal following when it did. They established relationships with REM and other Athens bands which eventually culminated in them receiving much-coveted opening slots for some of those bands. During their career they released 5 studio albums, along with one live effort. Good luck everybody!!