Blackfoot are a Southern rock band from Jacksonville, Florida. They were formed in 1972 and were contemporaries of Lynyrd Skynyrd, and tried for years to make it as a Southern rock band, although they were more popular as a hard rock outfit. They had a number of hit albums in the 70s and early 80s before their popularity started to wane; they had broken up by 1984, though not before former Uriah Heep keyboardist/songwriter Ken Hensley had joined the group during their last couple of years together.
Vocalist Ricky Medlocke revived the name in 1987 with a new backing group. In 1996 Medlocke disbanded the group, and joined Lynyrd Skynyrd.
In 2004 a second resurrection of Blackfoot took place with founder members Jackson Spires, Greg Walker and Charlie Hagrett. Medlocke was not available however and the frontman role was given to Bobby Barth (ex-Axe). Tragedy struck in March 2005 when Spires died suddenly of an aneurysm, but the band decided to persevere for the time being.