Wednesday's gem: The Rainmakers' 'Small Circles'
Before I was old enough to get into clubs, a Kansas City band called Steve, Bob and Rich use to cause a stir when they came to town. They soon changed their name to The Rainmakers and released their self-titled album that was cited by Newsweek as the best debut album of 1986.
The album showcased the witty lyrics of Bob Walkenhorst and gained a fan of author Stephen King, who included his lyrics in his book The Tommyknockers. It has been said that The Rainmakers sound like what would happen if fellow Missourians Mark Twain and Chuck Berry started a band and are mentioned by name in their fantastic song Downstream.
In 1987, the Rainmakers released the single Small Circles, a perfect piece of pop that sounded like a hit, but never came close. After some time apart, the Rainmakers still get together several times a year and play sold out shows in the Midwest.
- Kevin Wuench, guest blogger