Band members Related acts
- Curt Garver -- bass, backing vocals
- Ken Hoedebecke -- lead guitar, backing vocals
- Mark Hoedebecke -- drums, percussion
- Tom Merideth -- vocals, percussion
- Curtis Powell -- vocals, keyboards
- Bill Stilwell -- guitar
- none known
Rating: *** (3 stars)
Title: T.S. Truck
Company: Smokey Soul
Country/State: Illinois, US
Grade (cover/record): VG / VG
Comments: minor ring and edge wear; top right corner show some wear
Catalog ID: SOLD 4917
Price: SOLD $150.00
I actually picked this one up for the cool cover art (courtesy of Ken and Mark Hoedebecke) and was pleasantly surprised by the album itself. That said, I haven't been able to uncover anything about the band other than information found on the album itself.
Apparently from Illinois (the album was recorded at Smoke Signal Sound Studio in Carbondale), the line up consisted of bassist Curt Garver, brothers Ken (lead guitar) and Mark (drums) Hoedebecke, singer Tom Merideth, keyboardist Curtis Powell and guitarist Bill Stilwell. They were managed by Bob Dunkirk (who also had an Illinois address).
Produced by James Merideth (who also wrote one of the songs) and the band, 1972's "T.S. Truck" offered up a mix of conventional rock, pop and light progressive touches. At least a couple of tracks like 'Chance To Prance' and 'Doc LaVay' melded all of those genres into one song. Merideth had a nice voice and the rest of the band displayed musical dexterity far beyond what you'd find in your typical bar band. Additionally several of the songs (which are probably all originals - no credits on the album), benefited from Hoedebecke and Stilwell's distinctive Allman Brothers twin lead guitar attack. Check out 'Let the Gunslinger Win' for a nice example of their twin lead interface work - very Allman-ish feel throughout. Highlights include the nifty leadoff track 'Khengis Gange' (the lyric was sung as 'ganja people'), as previously mentioned the Allman Brothers-styled 'Let the Gunslinger Win' and the pretty ballad 'Country Lady'. To be honest, while none of the eight songs were particularly original they all benefited from enthusiastic performances and some surprisingly good production work (for a small studio). A pleasant discovery with more than its share of winners.
Truck" track listing:
1.) Khengis Gange
2.) Chance To Prance
3.) Let the Gunslinger Win
4.) Just Another Piece
2.) Country Lady
3.) Nothing of the Kind
4.) Raise Your Eyes To Glory
The internet continues to amaze me ...
I was amazed and flatter to see your listing for the TS Truck LP. I produced
the album, wrote one song, and my brother Tom was the singer. Thank God I
hung on to a copy and still have the test pressing.
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