Formed in the USA in 1973, Banana And The Bunch comprised Lowell ‘Banana’ Levinger (b. 1946, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA; keyboards), Michael Kane (bass) and Joe Bauer (b. 26 September 1941, Memphis, Tennessee, USA; drums), each of whom were concurrently members of the Youngbloods. Recorded as the parent band was about to expire, Mid-Mountain Ranch was a refreshing collection, blending bluegrass and folk with considerable joie de vivre. The trio also accompanied Bauer on his solo album, Moonset, and later recorded an avant garde set, Crab Tunes, under the name Noggins. They each then retired from active music; Levinger operated a hang-gliding business, Kane became a green-keeper, while Bauer constructed houses.
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