Dude used to run with the 13th Floor Elevators, among many.
By Blurt Staff
Powell St. John – called by some the “godfather of Texas psych,” and with
good reason – will drop his new album On
My Way to Houston on July 21 via the good folks at Tompkins Square. It was recorded in Oakland with members of Roky Erickson’s former band, The
Aliens, and features an unrecorded Roky composition, “Hardest Working Man.” Austin fixture Ralph White
contributes as well. Longtime fan and well-respected publicist/journalist Bill
Bentley wrote liner notes for the package.
St. John cut his teeth at Austin’s
Threadgill’s Bar, performing with Janis Joplin and Lanny Wiggins in a trio
called The Waller Creek Boys. Later, in answer to a request for material from
Tommy Hall of the 13th Floor Elevators, St.
John wrote five songs for their two first albums. In
the late ‘60s, Powell formed the blues/rock band Mother Earth with Tracy
Nelson, releasing several albums on Mercury. Among the legendary musicians who
have sung and recorded Powell’s songs are Janis Joplin (“Bye, Bye
Baby”), Boz Scaggs (“I’ll Forever Sing”), Roky Erickson (“Right
Track Now”) and Doug Sahm (“You Don’t Know”). The Texas Music
Hall of Fame inducted Powell in 2005.
Said Roky Erickson of his old
cohort, “I think he is a first-rate harmonica player and I am glad he is
still doing it. His songs are some of my favorites!”
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