The NC Sidewinders were based out of my hometown of Wilmington. They enjoyed moderate success in the late 70's and early 80's on the Southern Rock circuit playing regional shows and festivals such as they were then. They cut a couple of albums and even had a "hit" off one of them that was in rotation on the local radio. Mid 80's they moved to Raleigh and faded into oblivion.
In 92 I was based in El Paso, TX and once a month we'd go to Tucson for our simulator training. Lots of time spent at the old Wild Wild West and Congress Club not to mention stuffing our cake-holes at Pinnacle Peaks. That is where I first heard the AZ Sidewinders/Sand Rubies. First on the radio, and then we saw them live downtown somewhere at some forgotten club. It could have even been the WW West out on Ina Rd.
This article took me back to those days. I hate the AZ Sidewinders never got their due. They were a great band. I had forgot the name but remembered Santa Maria St and was searching for the band name and came across this article. I had to laugh at the controversy over the Sidewinder name as I had forgotten all about the hometown band until I read this.
Too bad the NCSW couldn't step aside to the up and comers.