The three core original members of Athens band Love Tractor are reuniting for a show Saturday, August 13th at the Georgia Theatre.
The show – part of the four-day Athens Popfest multi-venue music festival – will feature guitarists Mark Cline and Mike Richmond and bassist Armistead Wellford performing selections from their first two albums – their self-titled 1982 debut and the 1983 follow-up Around the Bend (both originally released on Atlanta’s DB Recs label). The performance is to coincide with news of the forthcoming reissues of their back catalog. No word yet on who’ll be drumming with them for the show or if it will even be a prior member. (The group went through several drummers during their initial run.)
The band – initially all-instrumental, later adding vocals – was primarily active during the 1980s, when they released albums through DB and Big Time/RCA Records. They went quiet for much of the ‘90s, although they maintain that they never broke up, and returned with the album The Sky at Night in 2001. Richmond, Cline and Wellford haven’t played together as Love Tractor since that LP, although Richmond attempted to establish an otherwise completely new lineup during the ’00s, and a roster featuring Cline, Wellford and onetime drummer Bill Berry (ex-R.E.M.) released an instrumental song, “A Trip to the Museum,” in 2015. Cline and Wellford, along with members of Drive-By Truckers and The Glands, have also occasionally performed Love Tractor songs under the band name We Love Tractor in recent years.