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Grand Drive

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(1992 – 2007)

Grand Drive was a country-rock group led by Australian brothers danny george wilson (lead vocals/guitar) and Julian Wilson (keyboards). Danny George Wilson now fronts the band Danny and the Champions of the World, with members of Goldrush among others

Brothers Danny and Julian Wilson were originally from Australia, but grew up in the southwest London suburb of Sutton in the ’70s. In school, they met bassist Ed Balch and formed their first group, Soul green, with several temporary drummers. It wasn’t until 1992 that they found a more permanent stickman in Paul Wigens and changed their name to Grand Drive, taking their name from a long, meandering road in South London that connected Raynes Park (where one of the Wilsons lived) with Sutton.

Grand Drive’s first release was “Tell It Like It Is” (it had originally been recorded in October 1995, but wasn’t released until November 1997 as 7” on the Vinyl Junkie label and later reissued on an EP by the Vaclav imprint). The single — like much of their material, which combines up-tempo country-rock with gloriously soulful arrangements — was named Single of the Week by NME, who called it “one of the most luscious, soul-tugging singles of the year.”

Julian Wilson, meanwhile, took time off to play Hammond organ for Gene and also appeared on the Drawn to the Deep End album. In May 1998, Vaclav issued Grand Drive’s On a Good Day EP as a limited-edition CD and 7” single.

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