Pryor, Bruce bands at Cain's tonight


By ELLIS WIDNER
Published: 10/19/1991

When the Steve Pryor Band walks onto the stage at Cain's Ballroom tonight after the Mike Bruce Band finishes its opening set, it will be a case of the student following the teacher.

Pryor, a veteran of the Tulsa club scene, is on tour promoting his first nationally distributed album. He credits Tulsa guitarist Bruce as a teacher and role model for his style. Bruce has performed and recorded with Bob Seger and Teegarden & Van Winkle of "God, Love and Rock & Roll" fame. The blues-rock Pryor Band is making its third Tulsa appearance since the release of "The Steve Pryor Band" by Zoo/RCA in June. The album was produced by Pete Anderson, known for his work with country singer Dwight Yoakam and folk-rocker Michelle Shocked. Pryor's album reached the Billboard Top 200 albums charts this summer with their song "Spellbound." Pryor has been highly praised for his prowess on the guitar. In its review of the album, Billboard magazine compared Pryor's guitar skills to those of the late Texas blues musician, Stevie Ray Vaughan. "Look out fret fans, here's your new hero," the review concluded.

Just recently, the Pryor Band has performed concerts with the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Joe Cocker and Taj Mahal. Other band members are drummer Pride Preston Hutchison, bassist David White and keyboardist David Busey, brother of actor Gary Busey. Tulsan Scott Hutchison is Pryor's songwriting partner. Pride and Scott Hutchison worked with the band The Bridgeclimbers and recorded Tulsa musicians for the Explosive Records label.

Pryor, working under the name Steve Pryor & the Mighty Kingsnakes,
released a cassette recording in Tulsa in 1986. The Pryor Band is scheduled to return to a Los Angeles recording studio in January to work on its second album for Zoo/RCA.

By ELLIS WIDNER