Nick Gravenites grew up on the southside of Chicago hanging out in the mid-50's with a coterie of misfit white kids - Elvin Bishop, Paul Butterfield, Michael Bloomfield - who went on to form that protean powerhouse of watershed white blues, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band. In addition to authoring the classic "Born In Chicago" and "East West" for Butterfield, Gravenites scribed hits for Janis Joplin, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Michael Bloomfield, Electric Flag, Pure Prairie League, Tracy Nelson, Roy Buchanan, Jimmy Witherspoon, Howlin' Wolf, Otis Rush, and James Cotton. He has appeared on some 40 albums as singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer.
The music of the Gravenites-Cippolina Band was unlike any other. It can't be compared to Quicksilver Messenger Service…which band was the apple and which the orange?The Gravenites-
Cipollina Band created unique blues rock. It picks up where Mike Bloomfield left off.This is a very rare release of what the band was doing at the time…at their best.
With a killer leading couple of Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland fresh from their box office triumph co-starring in Klute and a soundtrack by the Electric Flag s Mike Bloomfield and Nick Gravenites with performances by Paul Butterfield and Maria Muldaur you would think that the 1972 film Steelyard Blues would be better known than it is. A long-lost underground soundtrack gem!