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Columbus, 1975

One of the most unique Columbus records from the mid 1970s is the LP "Back To Ohio Blues" by Raven, recorded at Owl and released on the studio's label. For many years the story behind Raven and the LP were pretty unknown until about 2007 when the LP was reissued with the help of Raven..

Raven's real name was Bobby Logue and he was born and raised in Columbus. He doesn't seem to have played in any bands but he grew up seeing the usual suspects - Dantes, Fifth Order, etc. He got into the biker scene and apparently lived the biker life to the maximum in the early 1970s. 

In 1975 he went to Owl studios - the only place in the area that would have allowed the freedom to make the music he was creating - and put together a recording band including Tom Smith (of the Load) on drums. The recorded 5 of Raven's songs, and pressed up (supposedly) 300 copies of the LP on Owl. The personnel on the LP never played as a working band, only on the recordings. 

The LP is one of those records that has to be heard, not described. The descriptions usually fall along the lines of "wasted/stoned heavy blues rock with psychedelic influences and lyrics that describe the biker life in graphic detail"....well, what are you waiting for? Of course you want to hear it! 

The LP was self distributed and very hard to find until a unauthorized release in the 1990s, and then the 2007 release with Raven's cooperation. At the time of the 2007 release it was said that Bobby/Raven was still working on songs and recordings, but nothing seems to have come of it.

Raven passed away in 2013. 

LP - Back To Ohio Blues - Owl 65x111, 1975