The Long Ryders are an American alternative country and Paisley Underground band, principally active between 1983 and 1987, who have periodically regrouped for brief reunions (2004, 2009, 2016) in response to fan demands.
The Long Ryders were originally formed by several American musicians who were each multi-instrumentalists and influenced by Gram Parsons, The Byrds and various country and punk rock groups. They were named after the Walter Hill film, The Long Riders. The band featured Sid Griffin on guitar, autoharp and bugle; Stephen McCarthy guitar, steel guitar, mandolin and banjo; Des Brewer as bassist (later replaced by Tom Stevens); and Greg Sowders playing drums and percussion.
Although two members were transplants from the American South, they became a popular Los Angeles rock band, forming in the early 1980s and originally associated with a movement called the Paisley Underground. With a sound reminiscent of Rubber Soul-era Beatles, electric Bob Dylan, Buffalo Springfield and The Flying Burrito Brothers, but with a harder edge, they anticipated the alternative country music of the 1990s by a decade. Their early work contained influences of both punk (largely attributable to devoted record collector Griffin) and old school country (championed by McCarthy). Former Byrd Gene Clark joined them on their first full-length album, adding vocals to the song Ivory Tower on the 1984 Native Sons.
The Long Ryders formed from the ashes of the Los Angeles band The Unclaimed. Their initial studio release the 10-5-60 EP consisted of Griffin, Brewer, McCarthy, and Sowders. Brewer left after the release of 10-5-60. He was replaced by Tom Stevens and that line-up remained in place as a recording unit until their eventual demise.
Format: 12" Label: PVC Records Catalogue: PVCM 501 Country: UK Year: 1983
A1. Join My Gang A2. I Don't Care What's Right, I Don't Care What's Wrong A3. 10-5-60
B1. And She Rides B2. Born To Believe In You
Condition: Used Country: UK Cover: VG+ Vinyl: VG++ Label:M-
Nice EP. Cover is fine, small (2 cm) seam-split top. Vinyl great. See scans.