One of the numerous Southeastern bands nurtured in the Mitch Easter/Don Dixon pop bosom (both men played on the ban’s first album; Dixon also produced the first and two cuts on the second), North Carolina’s Accelerators blended crisp, energetic, well-mannered rock with a little ‘billy and some mild R&B to give their debut LP Leave My Heart just enough grit and soul to make it both memorable and charming.
There’s even better-sounding guitar rock on their next album, The Accelerators (1987) including a remake of the tuneful Two Girls in Love from Leave My Heart.
Chris Moran and Keller Anderson left in 1987 and were replaced by Mike Johns on bass and Brad Rice on guitar. A third album, Dream Train was released in 1991.
Doug Whelchel was subsequently replaced by John Wurster and Mike Johns by Ron Bartholomew. Bo Taylor also joined on guitar but the band broke up after the collapse of their label, Profile Records.
The Accelerators returned in 2000 with the album Nearer, their first record in nine years. The band now had an entirely new lineup, with Gerald Duncan the only original member.
Keller “Skip” Anderson