Rich Lerner and The Groove: Push On Thru

Photo: Bob Powell


By Obie Millickian

Rich Lerner and The Groove have been laying down jams for several decades now. They’ve collected a loyal following by adhering to one simple rule; entertain your audience. By tirelessly dedicating themselves to that rule as well as bringing the funk and the noise, they have become kings of the almighty jam.

Their latest album Push On Thru is already another crowd pleaser. There’s a song for every life occasion. You’ve got your heartbreak, your bounce back, your brawl anthem, and your wizened traveler theme. Like, if Gandalf was cutting across America on a Harley or something. It’s all there.

As trends change and the world gets slicker, it’s important to have Rich Lerner and The Groove to remind us how to let it all loose and not give a shit for a while.

They also give back. In 2012, the band founded the annual Groove Jam Music Festival at Doodad Farm to benefit their local homeless shelter and food bank in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Rich Lerner – Guitar, vocals
Sammy Smith – Guitar, vocals
Craig Pannell – Bass, vocals
Sam Seawell – Drums
Bob Sykes – Pedal steel, guitar
Steve Taub – Keyboards

Recorded and mixed by Benjy Johnson at Earthtones Recording Studio
Mastered by Ty Tabor
Produced by the band and Benjy Johnson

Push On Thru Tracklisting:

01 Push On Thru
02 She Kept My Room Warm
03 It’s Always Something
04 Lord Have Mercy
05 You Can’t Keep A Good Man Down
06 Love Monkey
07 Soul Sistah
08 On The Mend
09 West La Fadeaway
10 Lemonade Blues