The history of rock and roll is filled with stories of successful back-up bands recording behind star artists and then making a go of it as a group afterward.
Think about British teen-idol Tony Sheridan’s back-up band in the early 1960s – a then-unknown group of Liverpudlians soon to become known as the Beatles. Then there was blues-rocker John Mayall, whose “Bare Wires” album featured drummer Jon Hiseman leading a great band that went on to become the cult super-group Colosseum. Now think Ronnie Hawkins’ and Bob Dylan’s back-up group, and you’ve got Woodstock’s own legendary the Band.
Following that lineage, Woodstock-based Professor Louie & the Crowmatix first gained attention by being Rick Danko’s back-up band on his “Times Like These” album and shortly afterward on Garth Hudson’s solo outing “The Sea To The North.” The group stayed together, started to record and toured successfully after that.