Purge was formed around 1992 when Bo Bice returned from living in England and met bassist Christian Galindo at the Department of Motor Vehicles. According a TV Squad interview with Bo’s former drummer Shane Sexton, Bo only approached Christian Galindo because he had long hair.
The original lineup included Bo, Christian, Shane and Jim Cole, with Sean Todd joining the band later. In 1994, the band lost Christian, who unfortunately became ill with schizophrenia. John “Coop” Cooper joined the band at this point.
According to the now defunct website of Bo’s former band Sugarmoney:
Purge has performed throughout the Southeast at events such as the Waterfront Extravaganza and the Exit Inn (Nashville, TN), two engagements at Big Spring Jam, Music in the Park and Rocking the Square (Huntsville, AL). The band also opened shows for other acts such as Son of Slam, Warrant, Mothers Finest, and Blackfoot. Purge also has a list of “Battle of the Bands” victories. They have recorded at Jeff Everette’s “Moontown Productions” and Niles Clement’s “Clementsvisions” (Nashville, TN). While recording at “Clementsvisions,” they enlisted the musical skills of rock veteran Johnny Neil of the Allman Brother’s Band, on their CD “Exgratia” that received airplay throughout the Southeast.
The band continued until the late 1990s but when another band member left, Bo and the guys didn’t feel it was right to continue using the name. They reformed as Blue Suede Nickel for a very short period of time before ultimately becoming Sugarmoney – the name that Bo retained for his touring band during 2006.
Reactions to Exgratia
We never found any official reviews for Exgratia, which is now out of print, although mp3s are in circulation. We can report that members of our forum voted for their favorite songs and that three songs (“Someday,” “Givin’ Thanks” and “My Blessed Blues”) had garnered all the votes at the time of writing.
Copies of Exgratia occasionally turn up on eBay and can go for several hundred dollars.
Produced by Greg Humphrey & Scott Bradley
Engineered by Niles Clement & Shannon O’Neill
Mastered at Masterfonics, Nashville, TN by Glenn Meadows
Recorded at Clementvisions, Nashville, TN
Manufactured by Disc Manufacturing, Inc., Huntsville, AL
(P) & (C) 1996 PURGE All Rights Reserved