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Tennessee Pedestrians / Bio

The Tennessee Pedestrians were formed in Elizabethton TN in 1982 after the breakup of their previous band "The Pedestrians". The Tennessee Pedestrians consisted of Tony Rominger (vocals, bass, sax, harp), Steve Smith (guitar, vocals) and Wally Birchfiel (drums). Previous to this, Tony, Steve and Wally had played with Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose, who had two Top 5 hits in the 1970s (Treat Her Like a Lady and Too Late To Turn Back Now). With encouragement from their new manager, David Glicker, the Tennessee Pedestrians hit the road again and toured mainly in the Eastern US from 1982 thru 1984. David had seen the band performing in Wrightsville Beach, NC while attending UNC-Wilmington and offered his managerial services. David turned out to be very critical to The Ped's development and before long the band was performing in New York City at such legendary clubs as Max's Kansas City, CBGBs, The Other End and The Peppermint Lounge and also opening concerts for various recording artists in the US. In 1982 the band signed a production deal with an up and coming young producer/engineer, Steve Haigler, at Reflection Recording Studios in Charlotte NC. A 4 song EP was released in 1983 as David and Steve started shopping the band around to various recording labels. Four songs from these recording sessions were used in the infamous 1983 slasher movie "Splatter University". The movie is so bad it is almost good. "You Don't Like Me" is the only song used in the trailer and can be heard over the goofy jukebox scene). Around this time the band began suffering the all too familar effects of constant touring and 10 years of life on the road. This finally resulted in the original Tennessee Pedestrians calling it a day in 1984.

General Info

Band Members
Tony Rominger - Vocals/Bass/Sax, Steve Smith - Guitar/Vocals, Wally Birchfiel - Drums
Artist Name
Tennessee Pedestrians
Home Page
Active Since
Indie / Roots Music / Rockabilly

Contact Info

Elizabethton, TN