Foghat-Fool for the City 40th Anniversary- Lonesome Dave Peverett, Rod Price


Foghat were four British electric bluesmen who comprised the most successful  limb of the sprawling Savoy Brown musical family tree. Lead guitarist Lonesome Dave Peverett, drummer Roger Earl, and bass player Tony Stevens had all played with Kim Simmonds and Chris Youlden in Savoy Brown until the end of 1970, eventually adding slide guitarist Rod Price for their1972 Dave Edmunds-produced debut. Rock and Roll, Energized, and Rock and Roll Outlaws followed in rapid succession even while Foghat toured tirelessly in the US. Fool for the City, with the title song plus “Slow Ride“, dominated American FM airplay from its release this week in 1975 all through the following year( #20 Billboard ), and a predictable live album sold over 2,000,000 copies.

This is a bittersweet edition of In the Studio: Medium Rare, because both of my guests, Foghat co-founding guitarist/singer/songwriter Lonesome Dave Peverett and slide guitarist/songwriter Rod Price, have passed away, Peverett in February 2000 of cancer & Price in a fall in 2005. These veteran London boogie men left behind a legacy of  rock radio staples from the Seventies, including their cover of Muddy Waters’ “I Just Wanna Make Love to You”, Big Joe Turner’s “Honey Hush“, their million-seller in September 1975 “Fool for the City” and “Slow Ride”, “Drivin’ Wheel”, and “Stone Blue” from just the five year period 1973-78.- Redbeard

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