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This Native American rock ’n’ roll outfit from Florida had a flair for Southern rock riffs and a nose for hooks that might’ve otherwise been on Lynyrd Skynyrd or Outlaws albums (“Highway Song,” in particular). This 1979 album (their third) was their breakthrough, a platinum set of sturdy rock ’n’ rollers that played out like punk never happened. That stubbornness makes the album great. Besides stinging Southern takes of Free’s “Wishing Well” and Spirit’s “I Got a Line on You,” they tear it up on “Road Fever,” “Baby Blue,” and others. Fun fact: both Dolly Parton and Warrant covered “Train Train.”

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Blackfoot's best studio Record

I first saw Blackfoot when I was 15 years old. It was at one of the many great seedy clubs that covered Northern NJ during the 70's. There was a literal wall of old PA cabinets and Marshall amps. The band left me speechless. I went on to work with Blackfoot a few years later, and I was lucky enough to be there when this record was released. It is by far their best studio offering, with tight tasteful guitars, great melodies and strong, emotional songs that defined that year for many people. Left Turn, Baby Blue, Train Train, and Highway Song are classics. There isn't a bad song on here, and the band is at their best. None of the previous records ever came close to capturing the raw power that was Blackfoot live. Strikes at least captures the heart and soul that made Blackfoot one of the Great Bands of the 70's.

Strikes Rocks

This albulm was my first introduction to Blackfoot. Never thought of them as a Lynyrd Skynyrd knockoff as suggested here. Beautiful acoustics leading to great ballads - Classic Southern Rock.

Southern Fried Rock N Roll!

I absolutely love this album. I listen to alot of southern rock and this is my favorite album of the genre. I think that Ricky Medlock is a brilliant singer and lead guitar player. I like this album better than any of my Skynyrd records. Every song on this album is killer, no filler. If you even remotely dig southern rock, you should buy this album imediately!


Formed: 1972 in Jacksonville, FL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Blackfoot were contemporaries of Lynyrd Skynyrd, and tried for years to make it as a Southern rock band, although they finally succeeded as a hard rock outfit, in the manner of AC/DC and the Scorpions. They racked up a hit album (Strikes) and a pair of successful singles ("Train, Train," "Highway Song") in the late '70s and early '80s, before they became lost in the post-MTV era of visually oriented bands. The group started out as a quartet comprising singer/guitarist Rickey Medlocke (the grandson...
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