John Lincoln Wright (1947-2011) was one of New England's strongest country music champions during the post-hippie era of the 1970s... Wright was a former rocker who had been in a '60s band called the Beacon Street Union, but he "went country" a few years after they broke up and self-released a pair of fine hard country/hippiebilly albums with his twang band, the Sour Mash Boys. Wright was able to crack (a little bit) into the world of mainstream country, when Joe Sun recorded one of his songs, "Lonesome Rainin' City," but mainstream success eluded him, and Wright shifted into the growing "Americana" scene for a few years before recording his final albums in the early '90s. Here's a quick look at his work...
Beacon Street Union "Eyes Of The Beacon Street Union" (MGM, 1968)
Beacon Street Union "The Clown Died In Marvin Gardens" (MGM, 1968)
John Lincoln Wright "Wrong Place, Wrong Time Again" (Northeastern Records, 1975) (EP)
This four-song 45rpm EP included several Wright originals: "Too Much Water," "Try To Win Me Over," "Wrong Place, Wrong Time Again" and "Sweet Montana."
Pine Tree John & The Designated Hitters "The Red Sox Song (A Day In Fenway Park)" (Canobie Shores, 1976)
This regional pride baseball anthem was originally released as a 45rpm single, backed with the song "Ollie The Skunk." And now it's a classic!
John Lincoln Wright & The Sour Mash Boys "Taking Old Route One" (Esca Records, 1977) (LP)
Wright formed his new band, the Sour Mash Boys, in 1972, and released a handful of obscure singles before cutting his first full album of country material...
Various Artists "SRO: RECORDED LIVE AT JONATHAN SWIFT'S" (Back Door, 1977) (LP)
A country and bluegrass concert album recorded at the Jonathan Swift's music venue in Cambridge, MA... This features some of the top twang talent in New England, including the Estes Boys, Chuck McDermott & Wheatstraw, Joe Val, singer Tina Welch and three songs by John Lincoln Wright: "Win Me Over," "Wrong Place, Wrong Time Again," and a cover of Dick Curless's old hit, "A Tombstone Every Mile."
John Lincoln Wright & The Sour Mash Revue "You Can't Get There From Here" (Lincoln Records, 1981) (LP)
(Produced by John Lincoln Wright, Pat Higdon & Ted Barton)
John Lincoln Wright "That Old Mill" (Northeastern Records, 1990)
John Lincoln Wright "Honky Tonk Verite" (Northeastern Records, 1991)
James Talley "American Originals" (Bear Family/Cimarron, 1985)
Apparently songwriter James Talley recorded this set with backing from Wright's band, the Sour Mash Boys...
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