Formed in Memphis, TN in 1993, The Oblivians are Greg Oblivian (aka Greg Cartwright), Eric Oblivian (aka Eric Friedl) and Jack Oblivian (aka Jack Yarber). The trio released their debut compilation LP Soul Food in 1995, followed by 1996's Popular Favorites, 1997's ...Play 9 Songs with Mr. Quintron and 2013 reunion album Desperation. In both their live shows and recordings, the three members alternate between instruments, each playing guitar, drums and singing lead vocals.
The group's left field gospel inspired album ...Play 9 Songs with Mr. Quintron was their last for 16 years and features special guest Mr. Quintron on Hammond church organ and piano. Alongside five fiery originals are three covers of old gospel traditionals plus a storming cover of "Mary Lou."
"There's a case to be made that the Oblivians are the greatest Memphis music act of the post-Al Green/Big Star era...With a deeper musicality and more charisma than most, but with no loss of energy or attitude for it, they are legends in their scene for good reason." – Memphis Flyer