In 1969 Grand Funk Railroad were a power trio consisting of Mark Farner, Don Brewer and Mel Schacher. Records like On Time (1969) and Grand Funk (1969) influenced the hard rock genre. In 1970 Closer to Home showed a more melodic often epic sound that would eventually lead to a more R&B/Rock/Pop quartet.  GFR went through managerial problems, founding member  lead vocalist/guitarist Mark Farmer left the band.

Fast forward to 2012 and the band is now Grand Funk Railroad The American Band. Don and Mel are the remaning original members of the GFR power days. Unfortunately the band have lost their edge and have decided to capitalize on their hit An American Band, added members from Kiss, Bob Seger Silver Bullet Band and .38 special, making them a draw to the fair/casino venues.  They have joined other 1970 icons CCR as Creedence Clearwater Revisited, both are now cover bands of their own material. I was excited to see and hear Mel and Don play, as I was not fortunate enough to attend a GFR show. [box_dark]Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers has an appropriate summary that I have altered, ” I never saw Grand Funk Railroad, but I sure saw Mel and Don.” [/box_dark]

 

 

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George Burrows' fascination with live music began in the 60's. He saw Cream on October 14, 1968, at Vets Auditorium in Des Moines, One year later Burrows attended The Denver Pop Festival in Mile High Stadium. He witnessed The Jimi Hendrix Experience's final gig on June 29, 1969. His list of artists included many who have shaped music for decades. Around 1993 Burrows become friends/colleagues with people in the music industry. He had developed an impressive networking resume which he used it to his advantage and began a concert photography website. He worked for free through multiple live music websites designed to promote live music and the often struggling artists and venues. His shoot for no pay was an obstacle with other photographers. Burrows’ sole purpose for LGS was for the art, not monetary means. He lived in the music environment and soon developed name recognition. After the loss of his brother, a professional drummer, in 2014, he became serious about becoming a drummer. Burrows began drum lessons. The LGS website, contributors and his studies did not match. In 2016 he was about to pull the plug on LGS and embrace drumming. After a chance consultation with one of the most highly regarded session drummers and programmers today he got his answer. Start a website featuring only drummers. With help, he launched https://www.drummersphotgrapher.com. Burrows added his passion for drumming with his expertise of live music photography by launching Drummer Photographer LGS.