McKendree Spring

Sunday, May 28, at the Beachland Ballroom.

Marty Slutsky got his memory jarred by a tape of a show at the old Capital Theater in Port Chester, New York. "I got really fired up when I heard it," Slutsky says from his Nashville home. "I phoned Fran [McKendree] and Mike [Dreyfuss], and told them we had to get together and do this again. We sounded terrific."

McKendree Spring was a prototypical cult band from the early 1970s -- perhaps folk-rock's answer to Three Dog Night, as the band relied on putting its own stamp on other people's (Neil Young, James Taylor, Tom Rush) compositions. What set McKendree Spring apart from fellow acts was Mike Dreyfuss, who may have been the first full-time electric-fiddle player in any band.

Ironically, it was Slutsky who dumped music for a different medium (television, in which his production work landed him seven Emmys). McKendree went solo, and Dreyfuss relocated to Cleveland, contributing magazine stories to Northern Ohio Live and performing on occasion with local rocker Cletus Black.