Pure Prairie League is an American country rock band whose history goes back to 1965 and Waverly, Ohio, with Craig Fuller, Tom McGrail, Jim Caughlan, and John Call. In 1970 McGrail named the band after a fictional 19th century temperance union featured in the 1939 Errol Flynn cowboy movie Dodge City.
The band had five Top 40 LP’s in the 70’s and added a sixth in the 80’s. The band has had a long run, active from the 1970s through the late 1980s and was revived in the late 1990s for a time, then again in 2004. As of 2015, they are still doing at least 100 shows a year.
Reunited to treat us to music that sounds as good today as it did when they first performed, PPL is touring and enjoying every minute of it. PPL has been playing true to its origninal form. “People come to hear the music the way it was played back then,” Fuller asserts. “We may have improved upon the fidelity, but when we do a song off one of our records, we do it just like it was recorded.”
PPL in the new millenium may be a curious prospect to band members, but the bands longevity is a testament of the timelessness of the music. As they write for a new project,they’ve returned to their roots–no sax, but peddle steel–and it’s no suprise that after all these years their sound is what Country Radio is about, proving good music is good music no matter when it’s made or played–and you can go home again.