Foghat

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Foghat
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Group members in 1973, as pictured on the back cover of their second album. Clockwise from top left: "Lonesome" Dave Peverett, Tony Stevens, Roger Earl, Rod Price.
Background information
Origin London, England
Genres Blues rock, boogie rock, hard rock
Years active 1971–1984, 1986–present
Labels Bearsville, Atlantic, Rhino
Website foghat.net
Members Roger Earl
Craig MacGregor
Bryan Bassett
Charlie Huhn
Past members Dave Peverett
Rod Price
Tony Stevens
Nick Jameson
Erik Cartwright
Kenny Aaronson
Rob Alter
Eric Burgeson
Brett Cartwright
Jeff Howell
Phil Nudelman
Billy Davis
Dave Crigger

Foghat is an English rock band formed in London in 1971.[1][2][3] The band is known for the use of electric slide guitar in their music.[4] The band has achieved eight gold records, one platinum and one double platinum record, and despite several line-up changes, continues to record and perform.

History

1970s

The band initially featured Dave Peverett ("Lonesome Dave") on guitar and vocals, Tony Stevens on bass and Roger Earl on drums, after all three musicians left Savoy Brown in 1970. Rod Price, on guitar/slide guitar, joined after he left Black Cat Bones in December 1970. The new line-up was named "Foghat" (a nonsense word from a childhood game played by Peverett and his brother[5]) in January 1971. Their 1972 debut album, Foghat, was produced by Dave Edmunds and featured a cover of Willie Dixon's "I Just Want to Make Love to You", which received considerable airplay, especially on FM stations. The album also included a remake of Savoy Brown's bluesy ode to the road "Leavin' Again (Again!)", and "Sarah Lee", a classic blues burner featuring Price's slide guitar solo. The band's second self-titled album was also known as Rock and Roll for its cover photo of a rock and a bread roll, and it went gold. Energized came out in 1974, followed by Rock and Roll Outlaws and Fool for the City in 1975, the year that Stevens left the band due to their endless touring schedule. Stevens was replaced temporarily by producer Nick Jameson in 1975 for the recording of Fool for the City. During the next year, Jameson was replaced by Craig MacGregor, and the group released Night Shift in 1976, a live album in 1977 and Stone Blue in 1978, each attaining gold status in record sales. Fool for the City spawned the hit single "Slow Ride" (which reached No. 20 in the United States and No. 14 in Canada), but the greatest sales figures were reached by Foghat Live, which went double platinum.[6] More hits followed: "Drivin' Wheel", "I Just Want to Make Love to You" (from the live album), "Stone Blue" and "Third Time Lucky (First Time I Was a Fool)". Price left the band in November 1980, unhappy with the group's still constant touring and the shift away from the hard boogie sound toward a more new wave-influenced pop direction. By February 1981, after months of auditions, he was replaced by Erik Cartwright.[citation needed]

1980s

After 1978, Foghat's record sales began to slip, and their last album for the Bearsville label, Zig-Zag Walk (1983), only briefly touched the charts at No. 192. MacGregor quit in 1982 and Jameson returned to play on In the Mood for Something Rude and Zig Zag Walk before being replaced by Kenny Aaronson (1983) and then Rob Alter (1983–1984). MacGregor returned in 1984.[citation needed]

The band briefly disbanded in 1984 after Peverett left and returned to England. Earl, along with MacGregor and Cartwright, reformed with a new singer/guitarist, Eric (E.J.) Burgeson, and continued touring as Foghat into the early 1990s. MacGregor (1986–1987, 1991), Cartwright's brother Brett Cartwright (1987, 1988–1989) and Jeff Howell (1987–1988, 1989–1991) alternated on bass during that period, while Phil Nudelman (1989–1990) and Billy Davis (1990–1993) took over from Burgeson. Dave Crigger joined on bass in 1991-1993.[citation needed]

1990s

Peverett had returned to the US by 1990 and formed his own version of the band, Lonesome Dave's Foghat, which featured Bryan Bassett (ex-Wild Cherry), Stephen Dees (bass) and Eddie Zyne (drums). Dees and Zyne had played with Hall & Oates, among others. Former Molly Hatchet bassist Riff West replaced Dees in 1991, and Price made several guest appearances.[citation needed]

In 1993, the original line-up reunited at the urging of producer Rick Rubin. Although Rubin ultimately proved to be unavailable to produce their comeback project, the group went ahead and released a studio album titled Return of the Boogie Men in 1994 and the Road Cases live album in 1998. Their final album of the decade, King Biscuit Flower Hour (taken from the syndicated radio show of the same name), was released in May 1999 and consisted of live recordings from 1974 and 1976.[citation needed]

After being back together for six years, the original line-up once again ended after Price decided to retire from touring for good. Bassett (who had been playing with Molly Hatchet), from Lonesome Dave's Foghat, was brought in on guitar.[citation needed]

2000s

Current Foghat members Craig MacGregor (left) and Charlie Huhn (right) performing with Foghat

The 2000s saw the deaths of founding members Peverett and Price. Peverett died on 7 February 2000 from complications from kidney cancer at the age of 56.[6]

Charlie Huhn (formerly of Humble Pie and Ted Nugent) was brought in to replace him on lead vocals and guitar. This line-up of Earl, Stevens, Bassett and Huhn recorded the 2003 album Family Joules.[7]

Price died on 22 March 2005 at the age of 57, due to a fall resulting from a heart attack.[4] Later that year, original bassist Stevens left the band and was replaced by former bassist MacGregor.[8]

The 2010 version of Foghat consisted of Earl, MacGregor, Huhn and Bassett. Former Rainbow and Black Sabbath drummer Bobby Rondinelli had temporarily replaced Earl for a summer 2010 concert, while Earl was recovering from surgery. At another Foghat concert that summer, after Earl had returned to the band, bassist Jeff Howell temporarily replaced an ill MacGregor. Foghat's next album, Last Train Home (released 15 June 2010), was the culmination of a dream shared by Earl and Peverett. It contained some of their favourite blues songs, three originals ("Born for the Road", "Last Train Home" and "495 Boogie"), and two songs by special guest performer and longtime friend Eddie Kirkland, who was 86 years old at the time. He had played with Foghat as a guest in 1977 at Foghat's "Tribute to the Blues" show at New York City's Palladium, and remained a good friend of the band until he was killed in a car accident on 27 February 2011.

Also performing on Last Train Home were Howell (bass), Colin Earl (piano) and Lefty Lefkowitz (harmonica). According to Earl, the album was "a testimony to Lonesome Dave. We always planned to do this. I am so fortunate to have partners in band members Charlie Huhn and Bryan Bassett who share the same passion for the blues. It was not hard work putting this album together; playing this kind of music is joyous. We had a blast!"[8]

On 9 July 2013, the band released the Christmas song "The Word of Rock n' Roll" a (an instrumental version of "Winter Wonderland") as a single on 5 November 2013, followed by the Live in St. Pete DVD in December 2013.

On 10 November 2015, Foghat announced that they would start work on a new studio album, completely fan-funded through PledgeMusic. The album, titled Under the Influence, was released on 24 June 2016.

Longtime bassist MacGregor was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in 2015. The cancer was first detected at an earlier stage in 2012, but MacGregor was not informed until 2015. Following this incident, he became a proponent of a bill that would require physicians to communicate test results with patients promptly. Although he is still officially a member of Foghat, the effects of chemotherapy made him unable to play music and former Pat Travers bassist Rodney O'Quinn currently fills in for him on tours.[9]

Personnel

Band members

Lineups

1970–1975 1975–1976 1976–1981 1981–1982 1982–1983
  • Dave Peverett - rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Rod Price - lead guitar, slide guitar
  • Nick Jameson - bass
  • Roger Earl - drums
  • Dave Peverett - rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Rod Price - lead guitar, slide guitar
  • Craig MacGregor - bass
  • Roger Earl - drums
  • Dave Peverett - rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Erik Cartwright - lead guitar
  • Craig MacGregor - bass
  • Roger Earl - drums
  • Dave Peverett - rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Erik Cartwright - lead guitar
  • Nick Jameson - bass
  • Roger Earl - drums
1983 1983–1984 1984 1984–1986 1986–1987
  • Dave Peverett - rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Erik Cartwright - lead guitar
  • Kenny Aaronson - bass
  • Roger Earl - drums
  • Dave Peverett - rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Erik Cartwright - lead guitar
  • Rob Alter - bass
  • Roger Earl - drums
  • Dave Peverett - rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Erik Cartwright - lead guitar
  • Craig MacGregor - bass
  • Roger Earl - drums

Disbanded

  • Eric Burgeson - rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Erik Cartwright - lead guitar
  • Craig MacGregor - bass
  • Roger Earl - drums
1987 1987–1988 1988–1989 1989–1990 1990–1991
  • Eric Burgeson - rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Erik Cartwright - lead guitar
  • Brett Cartwright - bass
  • Roger Earl - drums
  • Eric Burgeson - rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Erik Cartwright - lead guitar
  • Jeff Howell - bass
  • Roger Earl - drums
  • Eric Burgeson - rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Erik Cartwright - lead guitar
  • Brett Cartwright - bass
  • Roger Earl - drums
  • Phil Nudelman - rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Erik Cartwright - lead guitar
  • Jeff Howell - bass
  • Roger Earl - drums
  • Billy Davis - rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Erik Cartwright - lead guitar
  • Jeff Howell - bass
  • Roger Earl - drums
1991 1991–1993 1993–1999 1999–2000 2000–2005
  • Billy Davis - rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Erik Cartwright - lead guitar
  • Craig MacGregor - bass
  • Roger Earl - drums
  • Billy Davis - rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Erik Cartwright - lead guitar
  • Dave Crigger - bass
  • Roger Earl - drums
  • Dave Peverett - rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Rod Price - lead guitar
  • Tony Stevens - bass
  • Roger Earl - drums
  • Dave Peverett - rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Bryan Bassett - lead guitar
  • Tony Stevens - bass
  • Roger Earl - drums
  • Charlie Huhn - rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Bryan Bassett - lead guitar
  • Tony Stevens - bass
  • Roger Earl - drums
2005–present
  • Charlie Huhn - rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Bryan Bassett - lead guitar
  • Craig MacGregor - bass
  • Roger Earl - drums

Timeline

Discography

Albums

Year Album US Album Chart
1972 Foghat 127
1973 Rock and Roll 67
1974 Energized 34
1974 Rock and Roll Outlaws 40
1975 Fool for the City 23
1976 Night Shift 36
1977 Live 11
1978 Stone Blue 25
1979 Boogie Motel 35
1980 Tight Shoes 106
1981 Girls to Chat & Boys to Bounce 92
1982 In the Mood for Something Rude 162
1983 Zig-Zag Walk 192
1994 Return of the Boogie Men -
2003 Family Joules -
2003 Decades Live -
2007 Foghat Live II -
2010 Last Train Home -
2016 Under the Influence -
2017 Live at the Belly Up -

Compilations

  • Best of Foghat (1989)
  • Best of Foghat Volume 2 (1992)
  • Best of Foghat (Rhino Special Edition) (1992)
  • Slow Ride and Other Hits (1997)
  • Anthology (1999)
  • Hits You Remember Live (2001)
  • Live 2000 (2001)
  • Essential (2002)

Singles

Year Single US Singles Chart
1972 "I Just Want to Make Love to You" 83
1972 "Maybelline" -
1973 "What a Shame" 82
1973 "Ride, Ride, Ride" -
1974 "Eight Days on the Road" -
1975 "Slow Ride" 20
1976 "Fool for the City" 45
1976 "Night Shift" -
1976 "Drivin' Wheel" 34
1977 "I'll Be Standing By" 67
1977 "I Just Want to Make Love to You" (live) 33
1978 "Stone Blue" 36
1978 "Sweet Home Chicago" -
1978 "Easy Money" -
1979 "Third Time Lucky (First Time I Was a Fool)" 23
1980 "Stranger in My Home Town" 81
1981 "Wide Boy" -
1981 "Live Now - Pay Later" 102
1982 "Slipped, Tripped, Fell in Love" -
1982 "Ain't Livin' Long Like This" -
1983 "Zig-Zag Walk" -
2003 "I'm a Rock 'n Roller" -
2010 "Louisiana Blues" -
2016 "Upside of Lonely" -

References

  1. ^ "Foghat Billboard Singles". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ultimate Music Database". Umdmusic.com. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Foghat Billboard Albums". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Robertson, Jessica (24 March 2005). "Foghat's Rod Price Dies. British "magician of slide" suffers fatal accident". Rolling Stone. 
  5. ^ "The Official Foghat Website". Foghat.com. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Dave Peverett, 56, of the Rock Band Foghat". The New York Times. Associated Press. 14 February 2000. 
  7. ^ "Foghat Exclusive Interview with Charlie Huhn". Travellersintime.com. 
  8. ^ a b "The Official Website of Foghat!". Foghat.net. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Archives". Articles.philly.com. Retrieved 22 July 2017. 

External links

  • Official Website of current Foghat
  • 2007 Roger Earl Interview
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