Real Music (Airborn ARP 9170) 1974
Another welcome project from Chris Hughes, the man behind groups like Majesty and Christbearer. Uncle John’s Band finds Hughes this time in the folk trio format along with Kay Ponder and Lou Davidson. Pleasant out-doorsy acoustic vibes alternating between jangly America-ish strumming with tambourine percussion and gently finger picked ballads, often with creative harmonies. Probably the only place on earth you’re gonna find ‘Kum Ba Yah’ followed by ‘Dead Skunk’ (which features some immaculately crooned PUs). Nice renditions of ‘Get Together’ and Chicago’s ‘Beginnings’ (with Christianized lyrics). Several originals as well including Hughes’ ‘Melancholy Traveler’ which has appeared on each of his albums. The group took their name from Chaplin John Trobaugh at Huntingdon College, at Montgomery, Alabama. Produced by Ed Kilbourne. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
Sorry I have not found this album at this time, I did a search for the track list, but it was difficult because of the Grateful Dead’s – ‘Uncle John’s Band’ which was introduced in concerts in 1969 and was on the 1970 Workingman’s Dead. I did not find the track list.