|Origin||Athens, Ohio, United States|
Bobby Gene McNelley
McGuffey Lane is an American country rock band from Athens, Ohio and/or Columbus, Ohio. McGuffey Lane was formed in 1972 by Terry Efaw and Steve Reis, who played together under the name Scotch & Soda. After adding song writer, lead singer and guitarist Bobby E. McNelley they branded themselves McGuffey Lane, the location of Reis's Athens, Ohio home.
They eventually expanded to a sextet and became well-known locally, releasing their first album on their own Paradise Island record label. The LP sold over 40,000 copies, and eventually resulted in their signing with Atco Records. They reissued the debut in 1980 and toured with the Charlie Daniels Band, The Judds and the Allman Brothers Band. The follow-up, Aqua Dream, featured the single "Start It All Over", which became a crossover pop hit, reaching No. 97 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The group scored several minor hits on the country charts, but their label wanted to market them more as a pop-country act in the vein of Alabama. They moved to Atlantic Records in hopes of focusing on success on the country charts, but as they prepared 1984's Day By Day, keyboardist Tebes Douglass was killed in a car crash. Soon after, Bobby Gene McNelley left the group to pursue a solo song writing career in Nashville, Tennessee , In 1985 McGuffey Lane was dropped from Atlantic. In 1986, they released a Christmas album in support of the Central Ohio Lung Association; towards the end of the year they inked a sponsorship with Miller Beer, but a planned comeback fizzled.
The group played into the late 1980s but had dissolved by 1990. In 1995 they reunited after releasing a greatest hits album, and continued performing locally in Ohio into the 2000s. Two full-length releases followed the reunion, in 1998 and 2002. Today, McGuffey Lane still performs 30-35 concerts annually. In March 2010, Lick Records signed a distribution deal with E1 Entertainment, which will allow the new McGuffey Lane album to be sold in Wal-Mart and Best Buy. On August 18, 2009 they opened for Lynyrd Skynyrd at The LC in Columbus, Ohio.
Every January, McGuffey Lane holds an annual reunion concert featuring many acts who also played at Zachariah's Red Eye Saloon. The first two Reunions were held at Villa Milano Banquet and Conference Center, located on Schrock Road on the northeast side of Columbus, Ohio. After the initial two events, John Schwab (who is the organizer of the event) started looking for a larger venue to host the Reunion, as it had outgrown Villa Milano. He settled on Lifestyles Communities Pavilion (formerly Promowest Pavilion). The 2013 Reunion currently holds the indoor attendance record at the LC. The fourteenth anniversary took place on January 25, 2014
Some acts who have taken part in the event are: Rob McNelly (son of original lead singer Bobby Gene McNelly and current guitarist for Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band), John David Call (steel guitarist for Pure Prairie League), Steve Smith, Gary Ballen, Delyn Christian, Tom Ingham, the Dan Orr Project, Cliff Cody, Grassanine and Erica Blinn
|The First Album|
|1983||Let the Hard Times Roll||61|
|1984||Day by Day||56||Atlantic|
|1986||McGuffey Lane Christmas||HCH|
|1995||Greatest Hits Live and More|
|1998||Call Me Lucky||Lick|
|2017||Legend Of The Red Eye|
|1981||"Long Time Lovin' You"||85||Single only|
|1982||"Start It All Over"||97||Aqua Dream|
|"Making a Living's Been Killing Me"||44||Let the Hard Times Roll|
|1983||"Doing It Right"||62||109|
|1984||"Day by Day"||44||Day by Day|
|"The First Time"||63|