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I. Yancy Derringer was a four-piece band from Wisconsin that recorded an album titled Openers in 1975. With an original pressing of only 1,000 copies, the album reflected the band's live act and creative talents in seven original songs. The sound of Yancy Derringer was similar to that of some of the more hard-driven Southern rock acts of the day, such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker Band, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, and many more. After selling out the initial 1,000 pressings very quickly, the band ordered a second pressing, which got caught up management hassles and was delayed. This caused fans to lose interest in the band, and by 1976, the group's momentum had passed. Yancy Derringer broke up, leaving the world with another limited-pressing album. In the late '90's, Gear Fab acquired the rights to the band's original masters and released that long lost album for fans of '70's rock to enjoy. With detailed band history and song information (as in all Gear Fab releases), Yancy Derringer can now take their place in the history of American rock music.

II. Yancy Derringer hailed from the Wisconsin area. They cut their album "Openers" in 1975. The first 1,000 copies gathered some momentum for the group and as the band waited for the second shipment to arrive, it never did because their manager never placed the order. Therefore, another story of a promising rock ‘n' roll band that had their hopes dashed quickly and a short-lived career became a part of music history. Thanks to the caring and persistence of Gear Fab head honcho Roger Maglio; this album is once again available to the masses for consumption.

This album Openers had a ‘70s classic rock sound that other bands would eventually develop further in that period. Although it is basic rock with generally the same backbeat in every song, there are flashes of guitar brilliance and Moog synthesizer embellishments that I appreciated. The first two songs on side two, "Welcome On" and "Standing on the Edge," are probably the best examples of those musical advances. Actually, the second song borders on the edge of progressive rock; if they had pushed the musical envelope a little further, they would have reached that level. Just as there is A passage of whirling keyboards for a few minutes that leads you to believe there was more to this group then you thought, it drops off and the basic beat comes to the forefront once again leaving you wondering what could have been if things had worked out and they had continued to record.

This is great party music, with summer just around the corner all of you old classic rockers may want to check this out and give it a spin to bring back the glory days of your youth. While I felt this was not anything special musically, it sure was a lot of fun to hear.

Artists / Band Members:

C.F. "Charlie" Kuchler: Lead vocals, Hammond A100 organ, MiniMoog Synth, Mellotron and upright "tack" piano
Boyd "Zoid" Williamson: Vocals, Guitars
Gabriel "Gabe" Berradfato: Vocals,Bass
Lynn "Lance" Gnatzig: Vocals, Drums

Music Dish: Yancy Derringer

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