Fitzgerald’s is a crusty old dive in The Heights section of Houston. The white wood on its facade falling apart, the upstairs floor so weak you always felt like you were going to fall through, “Fitz” has seen its share of acts since opening its doors in 1977. ZZ Top, Etta James, David Allan Coe. and even the “Godfather of Soul” James Brown are just a few who lit up the stage.
In the mid-80s, I was playing drums for The Surrealtors. We were asked by the brass at Fitzgeralds to open for a band called The Reivers, a four-piece pop band from Austin. We immediately went out and purchased their debut CD for Capitol Records called Saturday. From the opening track, “What Am I Doing?,” I was hooked. The rough male voice of lead singer and writer John Croslin, mixed with the beautiful soaring vocals of Kim Longacre, made for a unique and unforgettable blend. The songs had a lot of melody, jangly guitars and a raw energy reminiscent of early R.E.M. I saw them about 10 times during a two-year period and every show was better than the last one.