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In 1976, Capricorn Records sent Bonnie over to Europe on a "Straight Southern Rock" tour with label mates Grinderswitch and The Marshall Tucker Band. The tour included four dates in the UK. Grinderswitch would kick things off with a couple of sets, first on their own and then as Bonnie's backing band, before The Marshall Tucker Band rounded out the evening.

November 27 - Odeon Hammersmith, London

November 29 - Odeon, Birmingham

December 1 - The Apollo, Glasgow

December 2 - Palace Theatre, Manchester

Straight Southern Rock sampler album cover

Bonnie and Steve Miller (keyboards), Manchester 1976
Bonnie with Steve Miller (keyboard)

Listen to the whole of the Birmingham show in streaming audio from Wolfgang's vault!!!

Grinderswitch set

Bonnie Bramlett set

The Marshall Tucker Band set

Registration is worth it for this show alone but once there, you'll find a treasure trove of other gems, including early and late sets by Bonnie at The Bottom Line, New York on May 1, 1978.

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Bonnie lends her hat for a picture before the Manchester show

Bonnie lends her hat for a photo

Bonnie with Dru Lombar and Joe Dan Petty, Manchester, 1976

Bonnie with Dru Lombar and Joe Dan Petty

Toy Caldwell and brother Tommy of the MTB, Manchester, 1976

Toy Caldwell and brother Tommy of the MTB

The Marshall Tucker Band, Manchester, 1976
... plus Paul Riddle and George McCorkle

Straight Southern Rock tour poster
Tour poster from the Manchester gig

Bonnie and Joe Dan Petty
Bonnie and Joe Dan Petty

Bonnie, UK 1976

"Hotels, Motels and Road Shows" album contents

Bonnie's five song set was:

* Hold On, I'm Coming
* Two Steps From The Blues
* Atlanta, Georgia
* Groupie (Superstar)
* Higher And Higher

One track from each of the three acts was released on the 2LP set, "Hotels, Motels And Road Shows", including Bonnie's rendition of "Groupie (Superstar)". The album cover (opposite) indicates that this was from Glasgow but we're not sure, as the cover gets it wrong for the Grinderswitch track (actually from Glasgow) and the MTB track (actually from London) - as can be heard from the MC's welcoming announcements.

At least four of the MTB songs from the Birmingham show were broadcast on the King Biscuit Flour Hour radio show. Then in 2003, four songs from Manchester and four from London were included on MTB's live CD, "Stompin' Room Only". Better late than never!

Capricorn promo photos and pages from tour programme
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Grinderswitch promo pic

1976 Tour programme - cover

1976 Tour programme - tour advert

1976 Tour programme - Bonnie pic



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