Pearls Before Swine are a psychedelic folk rock from Melbourne, Florida, formed in 1965 by Tom Rapp, along with friends Wayne Harley, on mandolin and banjo, Roger Criddinger, on piano and organ, and Lane Lederer, on bass and guitar. Lederer now plays oboe with Tampa Bay's Florida Orchestra. Rapp once turned down an offer to perform at Woodstock because he did not want to leave his then home in Holland.
Rapp was in a local record store when he saw some Fugs records on the ESP-Disk label. He purchased them and was amazed by the similarities to his own band's sound. ESP was home to strange, avant garde and free jazz groups such as the Fugs, Godz, Holy Modal Rounders, Albert Ayler, Sun Ra and Ornette Coleman. Although Pearls Before Swine were... Read More