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Grinderswitch

Artist Bio

In 1973 four young musicians moved to a farm outside of Warner Robbins, Ga. For 10 months the band wrote and rehearsed material for what was to become their first album on the rising Capricorn label. The album "Honest to Goodness", The band GRINDERSWITCH. With the release of their first album came non stop touring with The Allman Bros Band, The Marshall tucker Band, The Charlie Daniels Band, Wet Willie and Lynyrd Skynrd. For the next 3 years the band stayed on the road and released the critically acclaimed "Macon Tracks" and "Pullin Together". Then in 1976 after returning from a major European tour with MTB and Bonnie Bramlett ,Grinderswitch entered the studio to record what would become their biggest Album "Redwing" but there was problems with the label and the album was shelved. The band sat without work or any future prospects of breaking the stalemate for 6 months.

Times were tough but they stuck together and in 1977 "Redwing" was released on the newly formed Rabbit/Atco label. The band was impressed by the amount of promotion the new album was receiving and went into the studio and recorded 10 tracks for an album with the working title "Chasing Wild Desires" Then came DISCO. All of a sudden the Southern Music scene just disappeared.

Grinderswitch went on to release a couple of Indie label releases but by 1983 they knew it was over. Dru Lombar, Vocalist/Guitarist took a break from the road and moved back to his home of Jacksonville, Fl. Working at a local Studio he honed his engineering and production skills but the road was in his blood and in 1986 DR HECTOR AND THE GROOVE INJECTORS was born.

Over the next 15 years Lombar recorded and released 6 CDs on the FL based Blues Indie "Kingsnake Records". Now after 25 years the decision has been made to reform a new version of Grinderswitch. The band will be playing songs from their 70's releases as well as new material being recorded for future release.

Dear Friends and Fans of Grinderswitch: our Brother of the Road, Mentor of the Blues and friend of all, Dru Lombar has left his earthly home. This great musician and entertainer will surely be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dru's family, band mates(past and present), all those who knew Dru personally and all those who listen to his music. Now our divine creator can have his turn to enjoy the Blues as only Dru could play. His music lives on.

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