• Bill Hernandez

PURE PRAIRIE LEAGUE TO PLAY THE NEWLY RENOVATED LILLIAN S. WELLS HALL ON SEPT. 22 IN FT. LAUDERDALE



PURE PRAIRIE LEAGUE, ALONG WITH ORLEANS AND FIREFALL, PLAY THE LILLIAN S. WELLS HALL (PARKER PLAYHOUSE) ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22ND. 2021. COME OUT AND EXPERIENCE THE LEGACY AND AUDITORY EXCITEMENT FRO0M THE 70'S & 80'S IN A LIVE PERFORMANCE SETTING NOW THAT THINGS ARE SLOWLY GETTING BACK TO NORMAL.


PURE PRAIRIE LEAGUE

Band Members:

Mike Reilly – Bass, Vocals

Randy Harper – Keyboards, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals

John David Call – Pedal Steel Guitar

Donnie Lee Clark – Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Vocals

Scott Thompson – Drums, Vocals


Bassist Mike Reilly took time out of his schedule to talk with Rockbandreviews.com about what he and the band did during the pandemic, new band material, and the love and loyalty they have to their fans. Click on the YouTube box below to hear the interview in its entirety.


In the meantime, here is a bit about the band known as the Pure Prairie League...



From their beginnings in mid-Sixties Ohio as a group of friends playing cover tunes to the present-day unit featuring founding member/pedal-steel innovator John David Call, veteran bassist Mike Reilly, propulsive drummer Scott Thompson and guitar ace Donnie Clark, PURE PRAIRIE LEAGUE continues to embellish the rich 43-year history of one of Country-Rock’s pioneering forces. As one reviewer recently wrote: “PPL’s sound combines sweet memories with edgy, contemporary muscle. Their vocals are as strong as Kentucky moonshine and the musicianship and performance skills are as sharp as a straight razor”.



Their eponymous first album – featuring the Norman Rockwell/Saturday Evening Post cover that introduced fans to PPL’s trademark cowpoke “Sad Luke” – has been hailed as a “major early influence in the emerging popularity of Country-Rock music”. Their second effort, the multi-platinum “Bustin’ Out” brought us the Craig Fuller-penned classic “Amie”, along with other gems of the genre. With “Two Lane Highway”, nine more albums, and countless shows, a legacy has been forged and enriched during the‘70s and 80’s, highlighting contributions from several noteworthy members, including original co-founder George Ed Powell, Cincinnati’s legendary Goshorn Brothers, Country Hall of Famers Gary Burr and Vince Gill, award-winning writer Jeff Wilson (3 Top-20 singles) and a host of other guest appearances from Chet Atkins, Johnny Gimble, Emmy Lou Harris, David Sanborn, Eagle Don Felder, Nicolette Larson, and many more.


Now in their fifth decade, Pure Prairie League continues to lead the way for the new generation of Country/Rockers such as Keith Urban, Nickel Creek, Wilco, Counting Crows and so many others that cite PPL as a major influence.

As crisp and clean as spring water and as comfortable as a well-worn cowboy shirt, Pure Prairie League still brings it all back home.




For more information about Pure Prairie League, future tour dates, and access to their online store, visit https://pureprairieleague.com


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