David Grisman - Mandolin, Vocals (in band: 1973)
Clarence White - Acoustic guitar , Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1973)
Peter Rowan - Guitar, Lead vocals (in band: 1973)
Richard Greene - Violin, Vocoder (in band: 1973)
Bill Keith - Banjo, Pedal steel guitar (in band: 1973)
John Guerin - Drums (in band: 1973)
Muleskinner was an American bluegrass supergroup, active during the early 1970s.
In the late 1960s, Peter Rowan and David Grisman played together in a psychedelic band Earth Opera. The band didn't last longer than couple of years and Rowan went on to join Seatrain, where he met Richard Greene. After two albums with Seatrain, Greene and Rowan went on to form Muleskinner with banjoist Bill Keith, whom Greene had played with in Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band in the early 1960s, and Clarence White, former guitarist of Kentucky Colonels and The Byrds, along with bassist John Kahn and drummer John Guerin, who also worked for The Byrds.
All this resulted in a recording contract with Warner Bros. and the band recorded its first studio album, Muleskinner, which included elements from jazz, country and progressive bluegrass. This recording can be noted as the first one in the bluegrass genre to include drums.
Muleskinner is the eponymous debut album by the progressive bluegrass group Muleskinner, recorded at the Record Plant, Hollywood, California, March 27 through April 14, 1973, and released later that year. It is their only studio album. The album was re-released by Ridge Runner in 1978 and re-issued on a compact disc in 1994 under the title A Potpourri of Bluegrass Jam, which was a banner on the front cover of the original album release.
The album was successful, but the band ended under tragic circumstances: guitarist Clarence White was killed by a drunken driver just couple of months after the record was released. The band also recorded a live album in 1973, which was released 25 years later.
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