Friday – An Evening with Birmingham’s own Telluride
In the Winter of 1977 five friends gathered in a basement in Avondale, AL and formed one of the most loved bands of its era. Please join us as we celebrate 40 years of “Getting down and getting back up.”
The Birmingham-based band, Telluride, was founded in 1977 by guitarists Rick Carter and Moose Harrell with keyboardist Roger Bailey, drummer Robert Churchill, and bassist Jim Liner. The group started out playing country-tinged rock, but soon focused on rock. Bailey and Liner left not long afterward and were replaced by Kevin Derryberry and Scott Walker. Other some-time members included Kent Peterson, Barry Waldrep, Joe Breckinridge and Chip Snow.
The band was in heavy rotation in the Southeastern US during the late 70’s and early 80’s. Their first self-titled album was released just before Christmas in 1980. The song ‘Birmingham Tonight’ immediately became one of the most locally requested songs on the radio and helped boost regular attendance at their club shows.
In 1985, Telluride was selected as one of the top three bands in the country by the Miller Brewing Company. That led to a contract with RCA records. Telluride made the Billboard singles’ chart with their song ‘Breaking Away’ which made it all the way to number 77! Billboard said it was Alabama’s answer to Bob Seger.