Paradise of Bachelors reissues N.C. psych-rockers Plant And See’s lone 1969 LP
On July 3, Paradise of Bachelors will release the first official reissue of Plant And See’s lone album, a self-titled effort from 1969. The band, an interracial psych-rock combo helmed by the Lumbee Indian singer, songwriter and guitarist Willie French Lowery, was a short-lived project. The album was released to little fanfare, and soon afterward the band reconfigured as Lumbee, taking a heavier psychedelic sound to wider acclaim, even going so far as to tour with the Allman Brothers Band.
But even that outfit would succumb to Lowery’s restless muse. In his impressive and varied career, Lowery served as bandleader for the Drifters’ Clyde McPhatter and developed his own style borrowing from country, blues, gospel and Lumbee traditions as a singer-songwriter. Paradise of Bachelors has also announced its intention to further catalog Lowery’s catalog with future releases spaning his days in Lumbee, and his later solo works, including previously unreleased recordings.
The Plant and See reissue, which will be released in an edition of 1,000, also marks a memorial of Lowery’s life, which ended last month after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
More information about Paradise of Bachelors’ re-release of this lost classic — including audio excerpts of all 10 tracks — can be found here. —Bryan C. Reed