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  posted on 9/2/2011 at 06:05 PM
Time flies,it's been 6 years since Dru Lombar (Grinderswitch, Dr. Hector and The Groove Injectors ) left us. Dru never got the recognition he rightfully deserved. He was to Grinderswitch what Duane was to the ABB , he could drive the band ,bring out the best of everyone and always played 100% plus. RIP Dru.

 

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  posted on 9/2/2011 at 09:12 PM
well said...huge Grinderswitch fan here.One of my bands got to open for them back around the time of their 1st LP in Memphis.They were great & even greater folks....couldn't have been cooler to us....They are spinning on my turn table all of the time...

 

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  posted on 9/2/2011 at 10:33 PM
Same here...they (Grinderswitch) continuously spin at my place. Was privleged to communicate with Dru up until he left us. What a helluva stand up guy...and he was the Duane of Grinderswitch. RIP my brother....gone but not forgotten. Peace John

 

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  posted on 9/3/2011 at 08:55 AM
Everybody who knew him loved him, and rightfully so!

I'll always smile when I think of Dru, he kept it real and he kept it Blues!




[Edited on 9/3/2011 by gina]

 

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  posted on 9/3/2011 at 09:04 AM
Dru was a Great player -- saw him with Grinderswitch back in the day, & his work w/Dr. Hector & the Groove Injectors, Wow

 

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  posted on 9/5/2011 at 09:42 AM
Dru was a wonderful guy. Got to know him through the years. Saw him both in G'Switch & w/The Injectors numerous times. His vocals were as "syrupy" was they come and his playing was always spot on. RIP, Dru.

 

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  posted on 9/5/2011 at 10:42 AM
Never got to meet Dru, but I sure love his music. RIP

 

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  posted on 9/6/2011 at 02:43 PM
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Dru was a wonderful guy. Got to know him through the years. Saw him both in G'Switch & w/The Injectors numerous times. His vocals were as "syrupy" was they come and his playing was always spot on. RIP, Dru.


Yes, he was. Dr. Hector was playing a little hole-in-the-wall in Milwaukee 8 or 9 years ago and I was talking to their drummer outside before the show and who comes strolling up bu Dru. I couldn't believe it - I had all their LPs on vinyl from the '70s and Macon Tracks, which he sold me a copy of on CD, was my favorite - one of the few sophomore efforts that surpassed the debut (along with the ABB and MTB).

He was SUPER nice and I was struck by how short he was - I'm only 5' 10" and I always imagined he was a giant based on his voice, his prowess on guitar and his overall presence.

I will never forget him playing a solo that night with his eyes closed and a HUGE smile on his face - I'm sure he had played much bigger places (there couldn't be too many smaller ones than this place) but he didn't care. He just loved - and I would bet LIVED - to play.

Rock on, Dru, and Rest In Peace, Brother.

 

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  posted on 9/6/2011 at 06:47 PM
I have two great Dru Lombar stories. One in 1975 when I saw Grinderswitch open for Marshall Tucker.
I was in high school, my good concert bud Billy and I traveled to Shippensburg State College to see the
show. We were sooooo psyched, a bunch of southern boys finally playin our area of the north.
Cut school, got there 5 hours early and acted like a bunch of dumba$$ high school kids. But we knew
our music. We were big, and still are, ABB fans and Tucker was our link to them and the music
from the Macon, Ga area. Long story short we had the opportunity to meet Grinderswitch that day. Shook
hands, got on the bus. We had no idea who these guys were because we had never seen Grinderswitch.
We thought they were Tucker roodies?? When the house lights at Heiges Fieldhouse came up to open the evening there were the roodies on stage. Obviously not roodies, but Grinderswitch. We were thrilled
that we had the opportunity to actually meet a "southern band" with links to the ABB.
Fast forward 30 years or so. Dr Hector is doing a very short east coast tour. They played Roanoke, Va
and Winchester, Va, plus a few other dates. I just remember it being a very short tour. I was them
in Winchester. Great show. Had another chance to meet Dru and tell him about the Shippensburg show.
Damn if he didn't remember it. I could not believe it. He remember it because the next show for them
was in San Fransico!! Dru told me he remembered the bus ride cross country for bascially one date,
opening for Tucker. He said Tucker took a plane. He also told me of Macon post-Duane. He said it
was an inspirational place, but sad in another sense. Dru was very kind to me, and I'll never forget
those two moments.

 

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  posted on 9/6/2011 at 07:21 PM
Loved Dru's guitar solos. He was real smooth and a leader of the band. Only got to see Grinderswitch once live, but it was a good show. They backed Bonnie Bramlett for a while. You can go to WolfgangsVault.com and do a search for Birmingham Odeon. It'll list Grinderswitch, Bonnie Bramlett, and Marshall Tucker for a 1976 show. Good audio quality. On this show Grinderswitch opened & then backed Bonnie.
 
 


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