Whitewater was founded in a little log cabin in south Alabama very early in 1973. Three of it’s members had worked together extensively before (Jerry Stinson - guitar, slide guitar, vocals; Paul Jones - keyboards, vocals; Greg Creech - drums) but two of the members were new to the mix (Jimmy Miller - guitar, vocals and Ed Cain - bass guitar). Jerry had previously worked with Dean Daughtery (of The Candymen, The Classics IV, The Atlanta Rhythm Section); Greg had worked with the Alabama/Georgia version of The James Gang and had been a session musician in Muscle Shoals, AL. The group jelled very quickly and by the time of the groups demise, had a ready-to-go song list of 125 songs ranging from the popular music of the day (i.e., Three Dog Night, The Beatles, Steely Dan, Elton John, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Doobie Brothers, The Rolling Stones, Johnny Rivers, Steeler’s Wheel, and many more) to harder, less commercial rock of the day (i.e., The Allman Brothers Band, Joe Cocker, Dr. John and the Night Trippers, Canned Heat, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Derek and the Dominoes, Procol Harum, Cream, Nilsson, The Spencer Davis Group, Steppenwolf, War, Mountain, Quicksilver Messenger Service and others). Whitewater would last only 6 months, beginning in January and breaking up in June, 1973 but built a good following in that time. Many musician-acquaintances in the area, upon hearing the first release by Steely Dan (“Do It Again”), were convinced the song must have been the work of Whitewater and were surprised when they found out otherwise. The Eagles, after attending a Whitewater performance in May of 1973, expressed their personal approval of what they had heard in no uncertain terms. In June of 1973, Jerry Stinson and Jimmy Miller left the group for “civilian” life. Paul, Ed and Greg would stay together a while longer and, from the ashes, form the group The Mason-Dixon Band. Jerry would eventually return to the life of a musician and join the M-D Band, the re-incarnate of Whitewater. Following the break-up of the Mason-Dixon Band, Jerry would “re-start” Whitewater with an almost all new line-up: Jerry Stinson (guitar, slide guitar, vocals), Paul Jones (keyboards, vocals), John Weaver (bass, vocals), Clayton Swinford (vocals, percussion), “Wildman” Steve Morrow (drums).
(info and pics courtesy Greg Creech)
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