Smokestack Lightnin' Home Page -- The Blues Profile Page
It's not so easy to introduce Nick Gravenites
because the man has done so many things that one can easily write a book
or build a web site only dedicated to Gravenites who is singer,
songwriter, guitarist, and producer in one person. Subsequently
everything found on this page concerning Nick can only be described as
incomplete. Nevertheless let's start with a short introduction Taxim
Records added to one of their Bay Area Blues Sampler 'More Bay Area
Blues' which contains the song 'Hard Thing' by Nick.
Nick also worked a lot with John Cipollina, a connection that started
with Nick producing the first Quicksilver Messenger Service albums.
Later they built the Nick Gravenites-John Cipollina Band which toured a
lot in Europe and their record label Line being based in Germany. One of
the band's drummers was former Clover drummer Marcus David - who later
recorded his solo album 'Greates Hits' on Line Records in 1980. Nick
Gravenites himself recorded 'Bluestar' which was also released on Line
in 1980 as a solo album but it already had John Cipollina on guitar.
Harmonica player on this blues album was Huey Lewis - at that time being
something of a session cat who, after Clover's demise, played harp also
on albums by Phil Lynott, Nick Lowe, Dave Edmunds and City Boy.
The next album "Monkey Medicine" was recorded in Germany after Nick
and John finished their European tour in Germany. Under very primitive
conditions but with a lot of heart they recorded this album in Hamburg
accompanied by Marcus David on drums and Al Staehely on bass/vocals.
During the last few years Gravenites regularly played the psychedelic blues in a small club called the Bodega Bay Grange, Marin County - joined by Doug Kilmer (bass), Mark Adams (harp) and Roy Blumenfeld (drums). The German Taxim label released one of these concerts (rec. Jan. 1994) on CD in 1996.