June 18 street date. During the 70s and early 80s, Southern Rock was a seemingly unstoppable force, a Confederate charge played by real men with true grit under their fingernails and trail dust in the turn-ups of their ol’ blue jeans. It began with The Allman Brothers Band and was more than ably reinforced and carried forth to a worldwide audience by Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Outlaws and Molly Hatchet. Another leading name with arguably the heaviest sound in the genre was Blackfoot hailing from Jacksonville, Florida. Lead by the irrepressible and larger than life Rick ‘Rattlesnake’ Medlocke, Blackfoot’s string of hit albums from ’79 to ’82 cemented their Southern credentials and in the absence of Lynyrd Skynyrd due to their fatal plane crash of ‘77, became leaders of the movement. By the mid-80s however, West Coast ‘hair metal’ and a breezier AOR sound were in vogue and with Blackfoot now all but disintegrated, Medlocke decided to record a solo album. At the insistence of the label the Blackfoot moniker would remain even though none of the other members of the band were present for the recording. Instead, Medlocke recruited musicians from leading US funk-rock band, Mother’s Finest with whom he had struck-up an affinity following his return to the South. Released in ‘87, ‘Rick Medlocke And Blackfoot’ is a different animal to classic Blackfoot but considered by Medlocke to be one of the finest recordings bearing his name. Featuring a cover of Three Dog Night’s top ten hit ‘Liar’ written by prolific hit maker Russ Ballard, along with a version of Mother’s Finest’s, ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Tonight’, musically it’s Medlocke with the trail dust brushed off, stretching his muscles and delivering a slick, shiny cadillac of an album.