Mad River formed at Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio in 1965 and inspired by what was happening in San Francisco moved to Berkeley in early 1967 just in time for the Summer of Love. During their brief time together they released a now highly-sought-after 7" EP and two albums for Capitol Records.
The band played all the infamous psychedelic ballrooms such as the Avalon, the Fillmore and the Straight Theater, sharing the bill with the likes of Santana, Country Joe & the Fish, Phil Ochs, and the Vanilla Fudge. Both their albums are now rightfully regarded as classics of the era – their eponymous, intense debut album showcases the songwriting prowess of leader/bassist Lawrence Hammond and the glistening twin guitar attack of David Robinson and Rick Bockner. Their sophomore set Paradise Bar & Grill was more relaxed and showed the band's country and folk roots poking through creating the kind of bucolic, rootsy feel that the Grateful Dead would capitalise on a year later on American Beauty.
As lead writer and singer for the "legendary" psychedelic rock band of the late 60s, Mad River ..