Pure Prairie League

The Northern Lights Theater 1721 W Canal Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53233
Price: $30/$25/$20

Saturday, October 5 at 8 p.m.

From their beginnings in mid–sixties Ohio as a group of friends playing cover tunes, to the present–day unit featuring founding member/pedal-steel innovator John David Call, veteran bassist Mike Reilly, propulsive drummer Scott Thompson and guitar ace Donnie Clark, Pure Prairie League continues to embellish the rich 43-year history of one of Country-Rock’s pioneering forces. As one reviewer recently wrote: “PPL’s sound combines sweet memories with edgy, contemporary muscle. Their vocals are as strong as Kentucky moonshine and the musicianship and performance skills are as sharp as a straight razor.”

Their eponymous first album—featuring the Norman Rockwell/Saturday Evening Post cover that introduced fans to PPL’s trademark cowpoke “Sad Luke”—has been hailed as a “major early influence in the emerging popularity of Country-Rock music.” Their second effort, the multi- platinum Bustin’ Out brought us the Craig Fuller—penned classic “Amie,” along with other gems of the genre.

With Two Lane Highway, nine more albums and countless shows, a legacy was forged and enriched during the 1970s and ’80s, highlighting contributions from several noteworthy members, including original co-founder George Ed Powell, Cincinnati’s legendary Goshorn Brothers, Country Hall of Famers Gary Burr and Vince Gill, award-winning writer Jeff Wilson (three Top-20 singles) and a host of other guest appearances from Chet Atkins, Johnny Gimble, Emmy Lou Harris, David Sanborn, Eagle Don Felder, Nicolette Larson and many more.

Now in their fifth decade, Pure Prairie League continues to lead the way for the new generation of Country/Rockers such as Keith Urban, Nickel Creek, Wilco, Counting Crows and so many others that cite PPL as a major influence.

As crisp and clean as spring water and as comfortable as a well-worn cowboy shirt, Pure Prairie League still brings it all back home.