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Joel Kate was representing us. We were now a three-piece band. I played bass on that one. We basically co-produced with Michael Stewart so we had more control. Tony Real engineered. It's the best sounding record we did. More like we sounded live, more in your face. Less overdubs and no keyboards. Good rock album.


Did you feel Hydra was a southern rock band? Hard rock? We have been called the first heavy metal south- ern band. I don't really care for that term, but it is what it is. Yes, we were as southern as the others. We just didn't sound like them.


more powerful live. After we finished all the over- dubs, the band went on a brief vacation. For me it was Ocala ,Florida because that's where my lady was from. Two days after getting there, I got a call from the studio. You’ve got to come back! We've accidentally erased the vocals on two songs! Man, I was pissed! But, back I went to redo the vocals. Another time we came back from a weekend gig or something and there were horns on two of our songs. We were like “what the f**k? “ We were upset about that. However, now I am used to them so they don't bother me. Randall Bramlett was one of the horn players. The other guy's name escapes me now. When we heard Turbeville's final mix for the first time our hearts sank. We hated it. Sounded like it was being squeezed out of a tube. It had to be remixed, so enter Johnny Sandlin. A great guy to work with, and he saved it. His mix sounded so much better. In the end, it's a fine album.


And the follow up album? Land of Money was not such a slog to record. Johnny Sandlin produced and again Sam White- side engineered. Sam, of course, had done our first album and Johnny had remixed the the first album, so we had a working relationship. Things were much more comfortable.


What about the record you did with Michael from the Sweet producing? That was the Rock the World album recorded at


Sound Pit Studios in Atlanta. By then we had parted ways with our manager, and our attorney


When and how did the band become a trio? Late ‘75 or early ‘76 after Orville left. I already knew the bass parts, so instead of hiring a bass player, I just switched from guitar to bass.


What caused the breakup of Hydra. We just grew tired of the struggle. Disillusioned with the business, with each other maybe. We just needed a break.


What did you do next? I started my own band which I had for 25 years.


Are you performing these days? What are you up to now? In 2015, I had to have my left leg amputated below the knee from complications of diabetes. On June 10, 2017, we had a Hydra reunion in At- lanta at the Vista Show Room, which was a sell- out. I concentrate mostly on writing these days. Was the Vista show our last? Who knows? Stranger things have happened. •


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