Welcome to the first “Four Lane Highway” edition posting of Tuesday Tunes.
For the tragically unhip, Four Lane Highway was a rock-country rock band I performed in long ago with Deven Atkinson (vocals); John Carcutt (drums, plus vocals); Larry Braniff (lead and rhythm guitar, some vocals); Doug Sagraves (lead and rhythm guitar, plus vocals). I played bass, and did some singing.
We often started our shows — which were at small-town bars, the American Legion, a high school stage or at private parties — with this rocker from Grand Funk Railroad. We didn’t look much like these guys, and we didn’t sound much like them, either, but we had a hell of a good time every single gig we played.
As I recall, John matched Don Brewer’s drum intro really well, and I kept up with Mel Schacher’s bass line for most of the song, too, believe it or not. I did something different during the section that starts “Up all night, with Freddy King …” but I liked it. It was funky and within my limited abilities.