Week of January 15, 2006


Dan Eliassen - Vocals, Bass
Bruce Knox - Guitar, Vocals
Mike Mycz - Guitar, Vocals
Jim O'Brock - Drums, Vocals

Boot (Agape 2601) 1972
(reissued on CD (Lizard Records LR 0706-2) 2001)
Turn The Other Cheek (Guinness 36002) 1977

Hey Little Girl / Liza Brown (Agape 9008) 1972

Their first album is rare and came out on a Texas label, though they hailed from New Port Richey, Florida, and had earlier recorded as The Split Ends. It's basically hard rock with some psychedelic guitar work. Their second album is rather mundane heavy rock.

Jim O'Brock recalls: "Circa 1969, we changed names from The Split Ends to B.O.O.T., an anacronym for 'Blues Of Our Time'. We began playing 80% to 90% original material and began traveling more, playing larger venues. We played with Canned Heat, B.B. King, Neil Diamond, Detroit Wheels, etc. and at the Atlanta Pop Festival and Miami II Pop Festivals. Once we competed with the Allman Brothers in a contest at the University of Florida and won first prize! In Atlanta, Georgia we played with Lynyrd Skynyrd (they opened for us!) and stayed on the road for about four years. During this time we recorded our two albums in Nashville, TN. We seemed to stagnate about that time. I left the band and it broke up. A couple of years later, Mike and Bruce tried to resurrect the name with a couple of new guys, but it didn't last long".

(Clark Faville/Max Waller/Susie Martin-Rott w/thanks to Jim O'Brock)

Taken from: Fuzz, Acid & Flowers - American Garage, Psychedelic & Hippie Rock 1964-1975

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