A rock band that formed in Jacksonville, North Carolina in 1969. Originally they were known as a “beach” band called Stax of Gold, then later Nantucket Sleighride, and eventually shortened to Nantucket. The original six-member group included Tommy Redd, Larry Uzzell, Mike Uzzell, Eddie Blair, Kenny Soule, and Mark Downing.
Early in their career they became a huge draw in their home state of North Carolina as a cover band and grew to become a powerful and tenacious sensation amassing hoards of fans across the southeastern United States well before they released their first album.
The band signed with Epic Records in 1977 and released its self-titled album the following year, which featured the hit single, “Heartbreaker”. An aggressive cross-country tour followed, and Nantucket opened for top acts such as KISS, Styx, Boston, Mother’s Finest, Journey, and The Doobie Brothers. The band’s debut release was hugely successful and made the Billboard charts.
George Hatcher Band
The George Hatcher Band is “Coming Home” once again. The original band was formed by George Hatcher in England in 1976 and became a force in the European music scene for the following 6 years. George returned to his roots in North Carolina in 1982 and toured the Southern US for the next several years. Building on a foundation of the Southern Rock genre, the band blended much more into the mix, British Invasion, Blues, Pop and even some Progressive hints. The band, with it’s various members over the years produced 6 albums, with the first 3 being on a major label, United Artists.