Our Top 10 Blackfoot Songs takes a look at a fantastic southern rock band that released some great music in the latter part of the 20th century. Blackfoot is one of those great classic rock and roll bands who maintained a loyal following but never really achieved mass cultural success like their contemporary southern rock bands such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Outlaws, The Marshall Tucker Band, Charlie Daniels Band and even groups like 38 Special or Molly Hatchet. The sound of Blackfoot very much echoed the style of Lynyrd Skynyrd. There is good reason for that besides the popularity of Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Blackfoot’s original bandleader and lead singer and guitarist Rickey Medlocke, along with bassist Greg T. Walker had become members of Lynyrd Skynyrd during the band’s early days in 1971.Eventually, Medlocke and Walker would leave Lynyrd Skynyrd and form the band Blackfoot that they had originally been working on. After a few ar years of dealing with some personal issues and medical problems among members of the band Blackfoot, the band signed a record deal. Blackfoot released their first album in 1975 entitled No Reservations. They followed up that album a year later in 1976 with the release of the LP called Flyin’ High.
In 1979, Blackfoot released the album Strikes. This would stand as the band’s most successful album of their career as it was their first and only album to go platinum. The band would head into the 1980s with a release schedule that would define their most prolific period of their career. In 1980 they released the album Tomcattin’ in 1981 Blackfoot issued the album Marauder, the lp Siogo was released in 1982, in 1984 Vertical Smiles was released and their final album of the decade was released in 1987 entitled Rick Medlocke and Blackfoot.
Blackfoot released two album in the 1990s.At the dawn of the 990s decade Blackfoot released the album titled Medicine Man. The final album with Rickey Medlocke was released in 1994 entitled After The Reign. In 1997 Rickey Medlocke rejoined Lynyrd Skynyrd and put an end to the band Blackfoot. In the 2000s, Blackfoot would reform without Rickey Medlocke who was busy with Lynyrd Skynyrd. Blackfoot would release a new album and their latest as of this writing entitled Southern Native in 2016.
# 10 – Road Fever
We open up our top 10 Blackfoot songs list with a real scorcher. The song “Road Fever,” was released on the great Blackfoot album entitled Strikes. The album was released in 1979. The song “Road Fever,” was never released as a single but it was placed as the opening cut on this fantastic album. The song “Road Fever,” was written by Rickey Medlocke. The band members on the album featured Rickey Medlocke on lead vocals and guitar, Charlie Hargrett on guitar, Greg T. Walker on bass and Jakson Spires on drums.
# 9 – Send Me an Angel
Continuing with our Top 10 Blackfoot songs list we turn to the song “Send Me An Angel.” The band sounds dramatically different on this 1983 album entitled Siogo than they did in the 1970s. The sound of the big 1980s surely comes into play here.
# 8 – Good Morning
Listen to those guitars scream at the start of this one. This is heavy rocking Blackfoot and we love it. The song “Good Morning,” was the opening track on the band’s hard rockin album Marauder. The album was released in 1981. These guys should have been so much bigger than they were. This one cranks to 11.
# 7 – After The Reign
“After The Reign,” was the title cut to the album After the Reign. The album was released in 1994. The great guitarist Zakk Wylde performs a killer guitar solo on this smoking track.
# 6 – Fox Chase
Once you get past the opening dialog, this track explodes into southern rock and roll Heaven. This is easily one of our favorite Blackfoot songs. The track “Fox Chase,” was released on the album Tomcattin’ The album was released in 1980.
# 5 – Left Turn on a Red Light
At the halfway point on our top 10 Blackfoot songs list wer turn once again to the great 1975 album Strikes in presenting the song “Left Turn On A Red Light.” The song was written by Rickey Medlocke and Jakson Spores. It’s incredible how much this sounds like Lynyrd Skynyrd.
# 4 – Fly Away
One more time we return to the early 1980s album Marauder. The song “Fly Away,” was one of the top tracks on an album filled with fantastic recordings. “Fly Away,”was released as a single from the album. The song “Fly Away,” hit number 42 on the Billboard Hot making it the last Blackfoot hit single.
# 3 – Railroad Man
This great cut entitled “Railroad Man,” was released as Blackfoot’s first single release of their career. The song was placed on their debut album entitled No Reservations. The song Railroad Man was also used as the album’s opening track. The song never entered onto any of the Billboard music charts.
# 2 – Highway Song
As we begin to come to a close on our top 10 Blackfoot songs list we turn to the band’s classic recording entitled “Highway Song.” This great track stands as one of the band’s most famous songs. It’s an all-time favorite among their fans. The song was released on their 1979 album entitled Strikes. This famous Blackfoot song entitled “Highway Song,” became the group’s highest-charting song of their career. The track “Highway Song,” hit number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1979.
# 1 – Train, Train
We close out our top 10 Blackfoot songs list with one more track from the famous Strikes album. The song “Train, Train,” was released as the second single from the album. The song was written by Rickey Medlocke. The song “Train, Train,” would go on to be covered by legendary country music singer Dolly Parton. She recorded it for her 1999 album The Grass Is Blue. An album that won Dolly Parton a Grammy award.
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