Continuing on a theme started with my previous post, here’s a YT-offering of the full album (w/bonus tracks) of A Gathering Of Promises, the only album released by the legendary Texas psychedelic band Bubble Puppy.
Bubble Puppy continued in a vein of Texas-bred psychedelic rock that started with The 13th Floor Elevators and Janis Joplin, and continued into the 70′s boogie-rock of ZZ Top, the fiery blues of Johnny Winter and Stevie Ray Vaughan… anyway back to The Puppy – formed in 1966 in Corpus Christi by a couple ex-members of a local garage-band, The Bad Seeds, they built up their fan-base in San Antonio, Austin & whereabouts, opening for The Who in a 1967 concert in San Antonio and also opening for Winter, The Elevators & others.
Their one big hit, “Hot Smoke and Sassafras” (name inspired by a Beverly Hillbillies TV-sitcom episode) came in 1969 and peaked at No. 14 on Billboard (US) that summer & is featured on the above aforementioned album. With a few personnel-changes (and a name-change, to Damian, in 1972 at the behest of their manager, ex-Steppenwolf bassist Nick St. Nicholas) they continued until 1974. The Puppy tried several attempts over the years at reforming, given their still-passionate fan base in east Texas & other locales, up to their current existence which began in 2011 when the newly-reunited band (most of the original lineup plus a couple of add-ons) performed at the Austin Music Awards that year.
The band is still groovin’ to this day in the Austin/Corpus Christi/San Antonio area. Sadly, one of their co-founding members, bassist-vocalist-songwriter Roy Cox, just passed away a few weeks ago. Godspeed, Roy! Groove on, Puppy!!
Direct link to YT-page for the above (includes track-listings)
Bubble Puppy (official website)
Bubble Puppy’s Wikipedia page
Info on the Sassafras tree