Cat Mother & The All Night News Boys

Decades: 1990s 2000s
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The original line-up of this eclectic quintet included Larry Israel Packer (vocals/guitar/harmonica/mandolin), Charlie Chin (guitar/banjo/vocals), Bob Smith (keyboards/vocals/drums), Roy ‘Bones’ Michaels (bass/guitar/banjo/vocals) and Michael Equine (drums). Packer was a former member of the New York Rock ‘N’ Roll Ensemble, while Michaels had served in the Au Go-Go Singers, a clean-cut folk ensemble that also included Stephen Stills and Richie Furay, both of whom later appeared in Buffalo Springfield. Chin, another coffee-house acolyte, coincidentally supplied the distinctive banjo coda on the latter band’s exemplary ‘Bluebird’.

Cat Mother’s 1969 debut album, which was produced by Jimi Hendrix, reflected contrasting backgrounds. Chin then left the band, which sought a more receptive audience on America’s west coast. Their music reflected a goodtime, almost communal, spirit, but a notorious...

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