Thursday lost and found: The Long Ryders 'Looking for Lewis & Clark'

As ‘80s music started to become more slick and overproduced in the last half of the decade, there was a small revival of American roots rock coined The Paisley Underground. One of the soldiers of that movement was The Long Ryders. Taking their name from the 1980 western The Long Riders, The Long Ryders gained some minor radio and video airplay in 1985 for Looking for Lewis and Clark.

The song name drops folk heroes Gram Parsons and Tim Hardin who both died of drug overdoses. Hardin is the author of songs such as Reason To Believe (most recently made famous by Rod Stewart) and If I Were a Carpenter. The video showcases Sid Griffin’s uber-long sideburns in a decade were sideburns were not that fashionable. In 1987, like all old cowboys, The Long Ryders decided to hang up their spurs and fade into the sunset, but not before releasing a live album and several anthologies.

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