Strikes was Blackfoot’s most commercially successful album and contained their first hit and best known song “Train, Train”, as well as the follow up single “Highway Song”.
Formed in 1969 and named after the Native American tribe to which founding member Rickey Medlocke has lineage, Blackfoot were a popular southern hard rock band. They were contemporaries of legendary southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, with whom Medlocke had grown up and briefly played drums and sang occasional lead for in 1970 during a Blackfoot break up period. Blackfoot started out as a quartet which included singer/guitarist Medlocke, the grandson of delta blues-bluegrass musician Shorty Medlocke, who wrote Blackfoot’s classic song “Train, Train”, drummer/singer Jackson Spires, bassist/singer Greg T. Walker, and lead guitarist Charlie Hargrett, all of whom have Native American heritage, which added to the unique sound, culture and image of the band. Blackfoot played hard throughout the 1970’s, recording and touring for a variety of labels including Island and Epic Records, but it wasn’t until 1979 after moving to Atco that they found success with the release of their hit album Strikes. Strikes was the band’s most commercially successful album and contained their first hit and best known song “Train, Train”, as well as the follow up single “Highway Song”. It was the first of a trio of successful albums that were produced by Al Nalli. The band toured heavily throughout 1979 and ended the year opening for The Who at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan while working on their next album, Tomcattin’, which was released in 1980. The next album Marauder, which contained the hit song “Fly Away”, followed in 1981. The albums Siogo (1983) and Vertical Smiles (1984) both made it into the Billboard Top 200. Blackfoot continued to record and tour throughout the 1980’s and 90’s with a few lineup changes. In 1996, Medlocke left to rejoin his old mates Lynyrd Skynyrd as a full time member and primary songwriter, a position he still holds today.