The Red Krayola

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: psychedelic experimental psychedelic rock avant-garde experimental rock rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s 2000s
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Despite several contrasting line-ups, Red Crayola (also spelt Red Krayola) remains the vision of Mayo Thompson. He formed the Houston, Texas-based group in July 1966 with drummer Rick Barthelme, although several other individuals, including future country star Guy Clark, were temporary members until Steve Cunningham (bass) joined two months later. The group’s set initially featured cover versions, but these were soon supplanted by their own remarkable original compositions. In addition the Red Crayola were renowned for free-form pieces, during which they were augmented by an assortment of friends known as the Familiar Ugly. This improvisatory unit was featured on the trio’s debut The Parable Of Arable Land, where their erratic contributions punctuated the main body of work. Tommy Smith replaced Barthelme for God Bless The Red Krayola And All Who Sail With It, the altered spelling in deference to objections from the US crayon company. Shorn of the Familiar...

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