The Long Ryders
Formed in Los Angeles in the early 1980s, the Long Ryders were loosely associated with the Paisley Underground movement, but their sound resembled Gram Parsons-influenced country rock more than dreamy psychedelia. Revolving around guitarist Sid Griffin and multi-instrumentalist Stephen McCarthy (the rhythm section weathered several line-up changes), the Long Ryders released their debut EP in 1983, and their first full-length, NATIVE SONS, in 1984 (which featured an appearance from ex-Byrd Gene Clark). The group’s unique blend of country, roots rock, and punk-influenced energy found critical success and a cult following but did not build a substantial audience. Two more albums followed before the band broke up in 1987.