BY RON HART
Southern Illinois was not exactly ground zero for hard rock in the early 1970s.
But it was where one of the great lost American bands from the AOR era could be found, amidst the rural quaintness of this historic rural section of the Prairie State bashing out a totally unique hybrid of Humble Pie-style boogie and improvised Southern rock a la the Allman Brothers that really sounds unlike anything else out there past or present. They even do a version of Blind Willie McTell’s “Statesboro Blues” that some may dare say is better than the one so famously rendered by the Bros.
Released in collaboration with the group’s original members, Shadoks Music has given Farm’s sole self-titled LP a new lease on life. And its five massive tracks, highlighted by the likes of the combustible eight-minute jam “Let That Boy Boogie” and the driving “Cottonfield Woman”, can now be properly rediscovered by a generation who is starving for hot guitar licks.
DOWNLOAD: “Let That Boy Boogie”, “Cottonfield Woman”, “Statesboro Blues” RON HART