L-R: Dave Hessler, Sterling Smith, Tom Smith
The Load was one of Columbus' most popular bands in the 'progressive' rock style. The band included Sterling Smith (formerly of the Grayps and Osiris) on keyboards, brother Tom Smith on drums, and Dave Hessler on guitar.
The group released an LP in 1975 called "Praise the Load" that sold well locally, it was recorded at Owl Recording Studio which was partially owned by Sterling and Tom. The band also filmed a live performance for a Columbus public TV station (pre-PBS).
The band recorded a second LP called "Load Have Mercy" that they tried to place on a major label, but nothing came of it until the 1990s when it (and "Praise the Load") were released on CD.
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