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Among the lesser-known acoustic guitar pop rings to emerge from the fertile Athens, GA, music picture from the 1980s, the Squalls formed in 1981 following vocalist/guitarist Bob Hay and guitarist Ken Starratt’s relocation from Maine. Regular jam periods ultimately yielded a lineup that additionally included bassist Al Walsh and drummer Mig Small, and on Halloween the Squalls produced their open public debut at the neighborhood cafe the Bluebird, quickly accompanied by an appearance on the now-legendary 40 Watt Membership. In 1982 Tag Cooper Smith changed Small on drums, and some months afterwards the Squalls added vocalist Diana Torell; in 1984, the group released its self-titled debut EP over the Mbrella label, implemented a year afterwards by a one, “Crickets.” Walsh still left the lineup in 1986, and was changed by bassist Juan Molina. Saxophonist Paul Hammond also agreed upon on with time for their initial full-length record, Rebel Sneakers. Also in 1986 the Squalls produced a highlighted appearance within the documentary Athens, Ga. Inside/Out, adding two music to its acclaimed soundtrack LP. As the film helped propel other regional serves to major-label offers, the Squalls continued to be with small indie Doggone for 1988’s VIRTUALLY NO TIME, which demonstrated their swan melody. The group divide the following calendar year, with Hay, Starratt, and Torell afterwards reuniting within the folk revival combo Bob Hay & the Jolly Beggars.

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