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The Bosom Blues Band - Bosom Blues (1969)

Richmond, VA, psych-blues outfit the Bosom Blues Band were led by singer/guitarist Larry McCullough, a local folkie who in 1966 was coaxed into joining the Soothsayers, a local combo influenced by the British beat boom and featuring guitarists Allen Gay and Duck Baker, bassist Harold Grieg, and drummer Dickie Parrish. As McCullough introduced his new bandmates to the original American R&B records that inspired their heroes, the Soothsayers honed an earthy yet epic sound inspired by both traditional blues and contemporary rock & roll -- 78 rpm collector Lynn Anderson soon replaced Parrish on drums, and after briefly moving to organ, Baker left the group altogether, later enjoying acclaim for his solo acoustic records. Following his departure, the Soothsayers renamed themselves the Bosom Blues Band, and in 1967 cut an LP's worth of material at the local Recordings Incorporated studio. The following year, they auditioned for Vanguard Records' Sam Charters, who offered a limited deal that the group rejected. the Bosom Blues Band dissolved soon after, with McCullough later resurfacing in Zion Crossroads. In 2003 the Bosoms' "Hippie Queen" finally saw release via the third volume in the excellent Aliens, Psychos & Wild Things series. --- Jason Ankey

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