It just seems to fit… everything comes around “all in good time.”
For a group of musicians to form a band in 1969, write their own songs, develop a distinctive sound, and emerge with two of the most highly-acclaimed records in music to date, Pure Prairie League has brought it all back home with the release of their new CD, appropriately titled “All In Good Time.”
Pure Prairie League’s 37-year history has already established them as one of the true originals of the musical genre known as “Country Rock.” From the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Poco, Loggins & Messina, to the new breed of country rockers like Nickel Creek, Steve Earle, Wilco and many others, the common thread that ties all these artists together is the blending of their individual influences, be it bluegrass, blues, Beatles, or Bocephus. “Our music reflects where we come from and what we listened to”, says bassist Mike Reilly. “PPL’s individual sound comes from the bluegrass music of Kentucky, the traditional country music played on The Grand Ole Opry, the soul stylings of James Brown, the blues of Lonnie Mack, and the rock of the Ohio scene – James Gang,
Beginning in 1971, Pure Prairie League’s rich twelve album recording legacy has contributed several of the genre’s defining moments, such as “Two Lane Highway” and “Let Me Love You Tonight” (#1 in 1980). The “Live- Takin’ The Stage” LP (1977) is acknowledged by the RIAA as “one of the best live recordings available.”
“All In Good Time” hearkens back to the early years, yet does so with a seasoned eye on the future. “We set out to make a record that followed in the footsteps of our first two albums; simple arrangements, lots of harmony, but all new songs” recalls Craig. The return of founding member Craig Fuller, bringing his unmistakable vocals and songwriting talents to a new level, takes the listener on a journey that comes full circle. You’ll recognize the passion and the power of Pure Prairie League’s musical vision – the harmonies, the lyrics, the musicianship and the honesty – that sets them apart, reinforcing their status as originals, and at the same time, as leaders in the field.
The contributions of veteran bassist/vocalist Mike Reilly, combined with the rock-solid rhythm laid down by drummer Rick Schell, provide PPL with the framework for their trademark sound. Add in the soaring vocals and guitar work of Curtis Wright, the multifaceted gifts of Fats Kaplin on pedal steel guitar, fiddle, mandolin and accordion, and you’ve got the best of the best; old and new, seasoned yet fresh, unmistakably Pure Prairie League.