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Groundhogs: Scratching The Surface (World Pacific WPS-21892)

Loyd Grossman, Fusion, 8 August 1969

THE GROUNDHOGS are indicative of a new trend in British blues music. Until recently most British blues bands borrowed heavily from rock (the use of a very heavy beat, high volume). Now, a school of blues bands whose roots are in the country blues has sprung up. The reason for the formation of such bands is twofold. First, the surge in popularity of the blues has generated great interest in the more primitive country blues and secondly country blues performers find that by adopting a band format they become more versatile and appeal to more than a "specialist" audience.

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