When Duane Allman saw people sitting around regretting some aspect of their lives, saying, "if only I'd done this," or "if only I hadn't done that," he'd look 'em in the eye and say, "Yeah, and if a frog had wings he wouldn't bust his ass every time he jumped. Get over it."
Frogwings began as an Allman Brothers/Aquarium Rescue Unit side project in 1997, with Edwin McCain as the lead singer. The band ran off five gigs in seven days in late May 1997, and the jazz/rock/calypso/metal fusion began. Founding members Butch Trucks [drums] and Jimmy Herring [guitar] were joined by the Burbridge brothers, Kofi [flute] and Oteil [bass], as well as Butch's nephew Derek [guitar/, and band and percussion-mate Marc Quinones. The successful May run was followed by a two-week trip up and down the East coast in December, and this run cemented Frogwings as a permanent part of the Allman Brothers Band sideshow.
After a single Florida appearance in 1998, Edwin McCain was forced to leave the band due to issues with his record label [McCain was becoming a national star in his own right due to several hit singles off his latest album, Misguided Roses and the label no doubt wanted him to concentrate on his own band] and Blues Traveler's John Popper was recruited as the new voice of Frogwings. Butch Trucks recalls the initial meeting between Popper and the rest of the band in a 1999 interview with JamBands.com:
After rehearsing together for only two weeks in late January of 1999, the newest version of Frogwings hit the road with an inaugural gig at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel in Providence, RI, supported by Derek Trucks' band, whose leader pulled double duty all tour long. Two nights later, the band began a three-night stand at New York's Wetlands Preserve, and rocked the house for over two hours each night, including a guest appearance by ex-Allman Warren Haynes on night two's encore of Hot 'Lanta. All three nights were recorded for a live album release due to be released in the spring or summer of 2000; while no title has been confirmed yet, John Popper jokingly admitted that his personal favorite, "Hot Buttered Balls of Christ" was a front-runner. In early 2000, Butch and company began a record label, Flying Frog Records, taking on jam-band types such as Schleigho and the Slip. No further plans have been announced for Frogwings as of now but whenever band members are free, there is always the possibility of another brief tour...
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