Saturday, March 1, 2014

Baxters' Chat On Pearce

"Loves Other Side" b/w "You're Mine" 
Pearce # 5827

Hailing from Baxter Springs, Kansas - a small town on the Kansas/Oklahoma border - brothers Dan & Mike Brewster (lead & rhythm guitar, respectively), John Green (bass), Norman Manning (vocals), and Elmotie Scroggins (drums), honed their musical chops playing school dances, roadside bars, teen clubs, wedding receptions, and anywhere else that would book them.

The boys cut two 45's for Independence, MO label Pearce, in the vaunted Cavern Studios where The Pretty, Trinikas, & Blue Things all recorded.

"Loves Other Side" is a heavy dose of psych-fuzz and break beats, a wild departure from their Association/Turtles influenced other cuts.

Aside from being one of only a handful of integrated acts in the 60's (drummer Elmotie Scroggins was African-American), Baxter's Chat was one of the most popular garage bands in Southern Kansas, and shared bills with future Lynrd Skynrd guitarist Steve Gaines' first band, the Ravens.

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