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AN EXCLUSIVE INNERVIEW WITH WAYNE BRUCE HYDRA


by Michael Buffalo Smith Hydra was one of the heaviest Southern


rock bands to record for Capricorn Records dur- ing the 1970’s. They were founded in the late 1960s by Spencer Kirkpatrick, Wayne Bruce, and Steve Pace. In 1977, they became a three-piece band, and the band broke up later that year. Hydra released three albums, Hydra, Land of Money and Rock the World. During their relatively short tenure, the


band made quite a name for themselves, sharing stages with the greatest bands of the decade and earning life long fans who still speak of the days when Hydra blew the roof off of many a concert hall. In 2005, the band reunited for two shows. We met guitarist Wayne Bruce on Face-


book thanks to Eric Quincy Tate’s David Canton- wine, and Wayne was kind enough to allow us an interview. Thanks Wayne!


How old were you when the music bug first bit? Very early on. I got my first guitar when I was 9 or 10 years old. It cost $5.00 and only had 3 strings on it. Bought it from a neighbor. A real piece of shit! (Laughs) The strings were so high it hurt like hell, but that was a start. I was from a musical family, my mother played guitar and sang, and my Dad played guitar and 5 -string banjo and my older brother had played a little too.


Who were your early influences? Early on it was mostly country music. Hank Williams and the like, but later there was R&B stuff drifting in - Jimmy Reed, Ray Charles, Otis Redding was a big influence, Sam and Dave. All the soul singers. The blues guys were a big influ- ence. All the Kings, B.B., Albert and Freddie. And of course, the British invasion was huge for most


guys my age.


Where and how was the band formed. It seems I read it was a joining of a couple of bands? The band Hydra was formed in Atlanta. Steve (Pace) and Spencer (Kirkpatrick) had been play- ing together in a band called Strange Brew around Atlanta and even spent a little time in Cal- ifornia. I had been playing in a band called Nick- elodeon around the Smyrna, Marietta area. Wayne (Bear) Sauls, later with Eric Quincy Tate was also from that area and was playing in a band called The White Levi's. Mike Holbrook, who was later in the Hampton Grease Band. was in that


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