Nantucket  is a Southern rock band formed in Jacksonville, North Carolina in 1969.  Originally known as a Beach music band named Stax of Gold, and later Nantucket Sleighride (named after the song and album by Mountain), the six-member group — Tommy Redd, Larry Uzzell, Mike Uzzell, Eddie Blair, Kenny Soule, and Mark Downing — first became successful in their home state of North Carolina as a cover band.  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, with Nantucket opening for KISS, Styx, Boston, Mother’s Finest, Journey, and The Doobie Brothers.  Their debut release sold around 200,000 copies and also made the Billboard charts.  In 1979, Nantucket followed up with Your Face or Mine?.  (More from Wikipedia)
The English Wikipedia now has well over 5 million articles – there are also Wikipedias in nearly 300 other languages, with 10 of those having more than a million articles – and includes something on just about any musician or rock band that you can name. You can give it a try yourself – think of the most obscure band or rock artist that you know about, and chances are that they are in Wikipedia. As an indication of what is there, their category on “Rock music groups from North Carolina”, my home state, includes 19 alternative rock groups, 29 indie rock groups, 6 hardcore punk groups, 28 heavy metal musical groups, and 32 others (a total of 114). I don’t know the great majority of them myself, and only a handful could be considered at all well known among rock music fans, such as the dB’sNantucket, the Connells (they are from Raleigh, and I believe it was their drummer who lived in the same apartment building where our appraisal office was located for many years), Let’s Active, Corrosion of Conformity, Arrogance, and Fetchin Bones.
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Last edited: April 3, 2021