Kevin Books a Paying Gig


December 12 Jesse Gets A New Job
At the end of a not so productive (boo-koo rock-n-roll tunes to due to some spectators) practice, Jesse announces that he has a new job at Western Auto. This is good as his second child should be born in a few months. He will be making more money. Unfortunately, he will also be working nights. He addressed this very lightly, but the band seemed to become very anxious about this latest turn of events. How can you play out at night, and work at the auto store? The other thing bothering some of the band was Jesse’s attitude about the songs. It appears that he hates playing anything that is slower than a heart attack. Dave and Kevin elect John to find out the scoop and make sure Jesse is in for the long haul. Some announcements were made: Kevin announces that he has decided to take a break from his current girlfriend (Kim), and Jesse announces the Kickin’ Country is booking for July. We need to work on a demo tape as soon as this gig is behind us.

December 15 Kevin books a PAYING Gig
Kevin gets our first paying job by singing “Anymore” completely by himself in a bar to a bar owner. It’s at the Louisville VFW It’s in a week (Friday 12/22/95). We are not ready, but decide to do it anyway (it’s only the Louisville VFW). We should get paid around 200-250. The band must squeeze in a Saturday practice. We also decide to throw in a few Christmas tunes to fill in the time.
After talking with Jesse, John concludes that Jesse is fine. Everything will work out fine. This practice marks the first successful attempt of John singing backup on the song “Good-Bye Says It All.” The band actually produces three-part harmony for the first time (successfully).

December 19 – The Blizzard
In Ohio parts of the state receive 14 inches of snow. It snows and rains ice all day. This also happens to be the only day all band members could get together to practice before the VFW gig. Bummer. Practice is canceled due to the weather. John, Dave, and Kevin will try to hook up later in the month. Many of the roadways are averaging around 15-20 mph. It’s very bad. By the mid-evening, it is illegal to drive in Medina unless it is an emergency.

December 22 -The Louisville V.F.W.
Well, John, Kevin, and Dave tried to practice the day before the gig, but it wasn’t very productive. The band is kind of pushed for time to be ready to play by 8:00. Bernie the owner lets us know we can start at 8:30. It’s still snowing, but the roads are clear. The band is greeted by a Christmas decoration on the door that plays (and sings) “We wish you a Merry Christmas”. It’s cute. Also on the door is a sign that reads:

December 22
8-12
Six Shooters

Our first gig, and already the band’s name has been hacked.

The band sets a record-setting up their stuff. The bar is small, but not to the point of being uncomfortable. Many trips are made to unload two pick-up trucks and a car full of equipment. The patrons get nervous as the group drags in two eight foot tall stacks of P.A. speakers. Each time hearing the door decoration sing “We wish you a Merry Christmas.” It’s getting a little annoying. The group is warned to keep the volume low.

After setting things up, the band opens the set without an official sound check. Dave starts the set with “The star spangled banner” that leads into God Bless Texas. Due to the size and layout of the bar, it takes the majority of the first set to get the sound right. The set included Dave going into the audience to play an extended solo. This seemed to thrill the crowd as they probably had not seen a wireless system before. The set ended with some not very planned improvisation of “Born to Boogie” where Dave explained how all of us were born (Kevin began singing, Jesse was pounding in his mother to get out, John’s fingers were going, and Dave was born with a guitar in his hand -a very painful labor). This is the bands first use of dynamics in a song. It turns out to be pretty good. The band followed Kevin back into the last verse and ended the song.

The band starts the second set with Christmas Carols (an idea that was put in place the night before). Dave and Kevin do this “unplugged” with two acoustic guitars. In between five Christmas songs, Dave and Kevin ask trivia questions such as “What is the name of the horse in the song Jingle Bells (bobtail). The person with the correct answer got to reach in a bag of “gifts” that the band brought. The gifts included a 10 pack of pens, an ice scraper, a box of crunch and munch, and a box of candy canes. While the Christmas song idea sounded great, it took an immediate nosedive when Dave opened the set with an instrumental version of “What Child is This.” It seemed Jingle bells was the only song the group was familiar with. Even Kevin and Dave imitating characters from the holiday classic “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” dropped like a lead balloon. The band had their first “guest appearance” by Opel the drunken wench. She insisted that we sing Blue Christmas again (We had just finished singing it). We let her take on the lead vocals. Opel heard her own music as she basically ignored Kevin and Dave’s strumming. Kevin passed her a lyric sheet, but apparently, Opel couldn’t read. We cut her off after the first verse (NEXT!). The duo decided to cut Silent Night from the set and move on to brighter pastures.. In the process of moving the microphones around to do the unplugged set, the band had slightly damaged the sound they perfected during the first set. It was about this time a drunk shouted out “QUIT STALLING!!” (now there’s the Christmas spirit!)

The second set had the band slowing things down as they went into “Anymore, What Might’ve Been, And If Tomorrow Never Comes.” We did find out the vocals were a little muddy, and Dave’s guitar needed to be louder. Jesse had not been feeling well before we even started, at this point, he’s starting to cough, and not looking too well. The band takes a quick 10-minute break and gets ready for the third set.

The third set had Jesse ready to pass out at any minute. By this time many of the people we thought were into us had left. Just losers trying to pump enough booze into women to get some Christmas nooky. The third set had Jim Ries (a buddy from work, and part of the reason we got the gig) and his ex-girlfriend’s Aunt (Fay) high steppin’ on the dance floor. It also had John drawing blanks in the middle of “Good-Bye Says It All.” This was added to nights previous mistakes like Dave cutting “Mercury Blues” in half by going to the ending two solos too soon, and Kevin flubbing a lyric here and there, as well as Jesse, providing some interesting drum parts to “Lifestyles Of The Not So Rich And Famous.” Luckily, all flubs are covered pretty smoothly (technical difficulties left Dave singing back-up alone on Bubba Hyde was pretty noticeable). Kevin goes mobile as he takes the mic on the dance floor and sings “So help me girl.” The band does the mosh version of “Sticks and Stones.” The band closes the night by repeating Watermelon Crawl, and Fast as You. The last song had all members on the dance floor along with the crowd. Another extended solo from Dave helps the band fill the time to 12:00. The band loads up the equipment and takes it back to Kevin’s basement, it was all done at 1:00. We made $200. (of which we all got $50). We decided to let Jesse keep his $50 instead of putting it towards the drum set since it was Christmas and all.

All in all a much better gig than expected. The band learns that we need to get rid of all the songs that weren’t quite ready (Nothing Wrong With The Radio)by LEARNING THEM. This would eliminate last second set changes. It was much better than the biker benefit, but we now a good idea of what needs ffine-tuning

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Our First Gig

Six Shooter First Gig

The benefit that Dave and John were informed of turned out to be a biker rally. This rally was for a guy who had accidentally shot himself when he dropped a cash box that had a gun in it. He was affectionately referred to as “Cowboy.” There were “bikes-o-plenty” in the parking lot. Black leather was the choice of attire. Kevin showed up in his hat, boots, and brightly multicolored shirt. Dave arrived in his “formal” JCPenney’s full-length wool coat. We were slotted to play from 2:00-3:00. We were using the equipment of the “host band” Direct Connection. They played hard rock.
Kevin had been battling a cold all week. Dave was working on a stuffed up nose, as well as a case of diarrhea (thanks for sharing). As Jesse entered the bar, he was met with the greeting of “It’s a good day for a murder and a rape.” The stage was pretty small. The band had to set up in a new position having Dave in the middle, John on the right, and Kevin on the left. Jesse got to play a double bass tama set. It was nice. He was happy. Dave brought his new Fender amp.

The band’s first song was “Rock My World Little Country Girl.” They used this song as a sound check and launched into the predetermined set list. The band decided to skip the slower Travis Tritt tune “Anymore” due to the rock-n-roll nature of the crowd. At the end of every song, there was a good response from the people six shooter brought with them (Kim Miller, Lucinda Gibbens, Rhonda Williamson, Gina, Bob Ling, Matt and Lisa Kocher). From the actual bar patrons, there wasn’t much vocal response. There was plenty of foot tapping, and an occasional head bopping. The set came off with the usual first outing mistakes. A few missed chords, a few flat notes (Dave could not hear a note he sang), and a few “invented spots.” The band tried to improvise by changing the lyrics of Mercury Blues in the middle of the song to: “I’m gonna buy me a Harley and cruise it up and down the road.” However, Dave and Kevin were not in sync (so much for improvisation). Dave and the band did the “James Brown” routine during the song Bubba Hyde where the band pauses between lead breaks. This gives the impression the song is done, and then cuts back into more guitar solo. Dave decided to venture on to the dance floor and make it appear as if he was walking back to the stage. He would then twist around and launch into more solo (ala James Brown).

The band was talked into doin’ five more songs after the set was done. The songs for the set were. Mercury Blues, Where am I gonna live when I get Home, Margaritaville, Here’s a quarter, and Trashy Women. These songs lacked the polish of the well-practiced first set. Jesse, John, and Dave ponder the thought of doing a version of Ted Nugent’s Stranglehold. A sign from God appeared as the jukebox came on just as they were about to launch into the song.

The band stuck around to hear “Direct Connection.” They had O.K. vocal harmonies but lacked the over-all rock star look. The overweight bass player was wearing a tank top underneath a flannel shirt that had fallen off his shoulder to reveal bushels of arm-pit hair. He was very sexy. The band thanked the organizer of the benefit and made sure that the owner would get one of our biographies. Apparently, the owner had heard part of our first set. The band did not hang around for the “titty contest.” The band has a quick conversation with a band called “Southern Exposure” in the parking lot (and observed a girl extremely high on something).
Our first experience on stage was now behind us.

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Pimping the Band

November 18 -John and Dave Pimp the Band
John calls Dave and they decide to take a look at the local circuit and see who’s interested in a new band. Dave and John basically flip a coin to break the tie over the name of the band (currently 2-2 over quick draw/six-shooter). They decide the name will be six-shooter. They hit the Red Dog Saloon. They get their foot firmly in the door. They need to provide the owner (Tammy) with a tape.

They drive to Dover to check out the Brass Rail Cafe. Even though it’s Saturday, the bar is closed (?!).

They visit the Hillside. They see the basic “mediocre” country band called “Country Crossroads.” The band has O.K. harmonies, but no real look. The bass player weighs about 300 pounds and has that “just got out of prison” look.

They visit Toots in Massilon to find it is currently being remodeled.

They visit another bar in Massillon that has changed from country to featuring “loser has been” bands such as “Kansas.”

They visit “The Outpost” where they hear the band Midnite Heat. This is the house band, and according to the drunken doorman, no one else plays the bar. John and Dave enjoy watching their bass player who is high on something. His face is stuck in a permanently surprised expression.

They go down the street to the Shenandoah (in Kent). They walk in and find the direct opposite of Country Crossroads. This band (Custom Country) has too much look. They all have black shirts and aqua bowling shirts. Most of the bands are in their 50s. It looks like Mom and Pop’s dork of a son is on guitar. They play some songs by Buddy Holly, Elvis, Chubby Checker. That is some custom country.

John and Dave find out the easiest way to get into the bar is to play at a benefit. There happens to be one on Sunday (eight days from now). It’s the same situation as a jam night. You’d do have to pay $10 to help with Dave “cowboy” Williams medical bills.

Dave gets hassled by some drunk truckers who hit on anything that breathes. They want Dave to play some “GEET-TAR.” They use all sorts of “no balls no glory” philosophy. Dave is in one inch of running on the stage and showing these pukes how a guitar is supposed to be played. The one thing that holds him back is the guitar players sound. It’s beyond suck. It sounds like the “ventures.” His sound is a very very clean, thin, absolutely no sustain to it at all. Dave would have to do a makeover on the guy’s amp just to be able to touch his telecaster without puking. Dave swallows his pride and decides to save it for another time. John and Dave burst into laughter as they exit the door to the sound of “Takin’ Care of Business.” Yep, that’s some custom country.

November 24 -Dave Develops a Logo
Using his knowledge of personal computer’s, Dave takes an idea of Kevin’s to work a guitar into the logo of the band. Dave takes about an hour to choose a font, and learn the software. The first crack at a logo looks like this:

Dave uses his vacation time to take write a bio for the band. Dave takes the logo to Graphic Enterprises on Wednesday and blows it up to an 18-24” poster that he hangs in Kevin’s basement. The band seems to agree it’s a pretty cool logo. The band holds it’s first ever Saturday practice on 11/25 in preparation for their first public outing at the Shenandoa bar on 11/26/95. The session lasts from 6-10:30. They decide on 15 songs to do for a set. They are:

Setlist FOR BENEFIT
BORN TO BOOGIE
PICK UP MAN
WHISKEY AINT WORKIN
SHE’S GOT THE RYTHM
BURN THAT BRIDGE
BUBBA HYDE
WALK SOFTLY
GOD BLESS TEXAS
BOOT SCOOTIN BOOGIE
TWO OF A KIND
ANYMORE
DOOMISS WALKER
THIRD ROCK
CHATTAHOOCHIE
WATERMELON CRAWL
TROUBLE

Here is the marketing letter we would send to clubs

Six Shooter is:
Jesse -Drums
Kevin – Lead Vocals/Guitar
David -Lead Guitar/Vocals
John – Bass Guitar/Vocals

Musically Speaking
Six Shooter plays today’s new country music. Each member brings their own individual talents to the band to make six shooter a band that emerges a cut above the rest. The band can perform soft ballads, and yet fill a dance floor with today’s up-tempo boogies. The band listens to the top Country Radio stations to keep up with the new music, as well as make sure the recent chart-toppers aren’t forgotten. The band is mature enough to realize that you must play what the people want to hear.
Kevin’s vocals are the best around. While many bands adopt a southern accent that sounds phony, Kevin’s vocals have the polish and quality that must be heard to appreciate.
John bass playing has evolved from years of playing in complex jazz and blues bands. This allows him the versatility to duplicate any bass part. John’s previous occupation was working in a recording studio, as well as working for West World One radio. This assures you that not only will six shooter perform well, but the sound will be of professional quality.
Jesse’s drum playing is like no other. His background has lead him through many types of music. His playing is energetic and exciting, as well as rock solid.
David’s guitar playing is captivating. His years of playing have given him an arsenal of guitar licks that can last all night. His harmonies are the crowning touch to Kevin’s vocals.
The band was formed around four friends with a love of country music, and a love of playing live. This musical attitude is heard in the music, and seen on stage.

Professionals
Many of the band members are in management position in their day jobs. They understand that you have a business to run. The band members have been in bands for many years. You can rest assured that you will never get a “no show” from six shooter.

In closing
We would appreciate a chance to play at your establishment in hopes of building a long prosperous business relationship. We hope you listen to our brief demo tape. We have also included our current song list. If you have any questions or would like to book six shooter you may contact John at (phone number), or Kevin at
(phone number). We thank you for your time.

Dave, Jesse, John, and Kevin

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The Return of Yoko

Return of Yoko


October 12 – Wagons East
John, Kevin, and Dave move all the equipment to Kevin’s basement which has much, much more room. They hook up all the P.A. system, and it sounds much better. Dave and John continue to vent about Tuesday’s argument. All are anxious for Tuesday so they can practice. The argument has created a sense of urgency to learn the new material.

November 10 -Kevin Acquires a Squire
After looking at a few different stores, Kevin and Dave go to Akron Music (against there better judgment) after work to find a pretty good deal on a Fender (Squire) Stratocaster for Kevin. It’s red. Kevin pays off the final amount. Along with the guitar, a case, chord, and stand are included. Kevin is a very happy camper and can’t wait to get home and play it.

November 14- The Return of Yoko
The band has a couple good practices and seems to be moving along at a consistent (not as rapid as we’d like) pace. Jesse brings his wife with him to practice to help watch their son Anthony. The tension is an invisible sponge that fills every crack in Kevin’s basement. Before too long Yoko announces how she will have us booked at the bar Kickin’ Country in two weeks. Everyone checks the tape on their gloves, puts their mouthpieces in, and prepares to enter the ring with Yoko for round two.
John grills Yoko on how to approach bars and other items that you learn from experience. Yoko is a very good carpet salesperson. She has graciously crammed her services right down everyone’s throat. To lighten things up, Dave puts forth the suggestion that Yoko gets us into kicking country, and John sets up everything else. This goes on deaf ears. The general lack of communication is glaring everyone in the face. It’s not that we doubt Yoko’s sales experience. The band believed “helping us” get into Kicking Country would amount to an introduction. This is never said, and a fairly lengthy discussion occurs between John and Yoko. I guess we’re just not sure an OBVIOUSLY PREGNANT WOMAN is the first impression we want.
Dave tries the back door route by suggesting to Jesse that had she asked if we wanted help, her efforts might’ve been better received.

November 17-Dave Starts of his Vacation with a BANG!
On his first day of vacation, Dave goes to Akron Music and plays almost every Fender amp made. He decides upon a 100 watt Fender performer 1000. It’s an early Christmas present to himself. John will no longer have to worry about hearing Dave again.

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Enter Yoko


October 10 -Enter Yoko
The band has their usual practice. Due to a week filled with activity, the songs that were slotted to be learned for the practice have not been learned by the members. This will probably be the last time they practice in John’s basement, so Dave decides to record the session. They go over the list. They brush up a few loose ends. Possibly due to the tape recorder running, the band does not sound as good as past sessions. In the middle of the practice, the band cuts into a loose version of Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze.” As a goof, Kevin busts into a “chipmunk version” of the Little Texas tune, “What Might’ve Been.” It was the band’s first taste of pressure (tape recording the session).
The band ends the actual playing part of the practice at 9:00. A few band issues are discussed (handling of money-band funds). Jesse’s wife Lucinda (5 months pregnant) comes to the basement with John’s wife Rhonda. Lucinda would then spew opinion on the following topics:
Having a female in the band will only cause arguments.
Rhonda and her could do background vocals, and keyboards (note both females).
Adding a keyboardist isn’t needed and will cut into the profit for each member.
She LET Jesse be in the band to make money, and we need to do it soon.
The pressure of the band and it’s perfectionist attitude (using a metronome) is causing Jesse stress.
We need to have a name now cause she’s lining up bookings for us.
We should have all of our friends come to hear us when we perform at a jam night (the band wishes to use jam night as a test drive only).
We need to learn new songs and not screw off during practice (Jimi Hendrix was sighted) we only practice 3 hours a week.
Where we should play out first (parties, bars, jam nights).
How we should build our reputation
We’re good enough to play out now, and we should quit playing the same songs.

John, Dave, and Kevin explain how we are merely thinking of adding a female keyboardist who sings and plays the steel guitar. Dave would rather try her out than go through life wondering what it would’ve been like to have her in the band. Dave points out that the group has spent 10 minutes arguing over something that hasn’t and may never happened. Even if the keyboardist in question possessed the proper attitude, talent, musical talent, and personality, she may not want to join us. Rhonda leaves upon hearing enough of the band’s point.
Different accusations are made towards John about his perfectionist ways. John gets upset as he has spent 20 years in bands, and knows how to build a reputation. John knows that we will not immediately play the “big rooms.” If we blow our first impressions in the small rooms, we may never get into the big rooms. This is consistent with the band’s philosophy of being a better than the average band. John also tries to explain that we will not stay in the basement until things are perfect. Currently, we do not have enough songs to play out. The band does not wish to throw a bunch of songs together to and end up being mediocre.
Kevin backs up everything that John and Dave said. He also points the analogy that Dave used to explain trying out a keyboardist. “It’s like that girl in High School you could’ve banged but didn’t. You go through life wondering what it would’ve been like.” This does not sit well with Lucinda as she yells, “Great so everyone wants to bang her.” Kevin is upset because of the fact that he feels the band has done enough by furnishing the drummer with a set. This conversation seems to display an amount of ungratefulness.
John is upset as he has been called “negative,” and “stupid.” John has a complete understanding of where the band is going. He agrees (as does everyone) we need to learn more new songs.
Jesse has tried to end the discussion many times in an effort to go get something to eat. He’s tried to crack jokes to keep things light. One can’t help but think he must be a bit embarrassed.
Dave is upset as he leaves at 11:15 and will not get home until 12:00. In general, the band’s first fight had nothing to do with the band. It came from an outside source. Dave apologizes for the use of the metronome and explains how we were trying to get the tempo right for a certain song. It no way was a negative reflection on Jesse’s abilities. Dave wants to shout, “Look Yoko…” so bad he can taste it.
A mediocre practice ends on a very sour note.

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What About Bob?


July 25 – Bob Leaves a Good First Impression
We try out a drummer named Bob. He’s got years of experience, an O.K. drum set, and a pretty good meter. He seems to catch on quick. John gives him a tape to listen to and asks him to come back next week. We will be able to make a better decision after we see how he sounds with some time to learn the tunes.

August 29th Bob blows his first impression
After spending weeks doing the same songs the same wrong way, the band helps Bob learn some songs at practice. It turns out that Bob forgot to mention during the interview process that he can’t practice at home. Consequently, the past month has been spent doing the same 8 songs over and over. At the end of this practice, the first five are close to being complete. John insists that we must practice at home. For the second week in a row, he offers Bob the opportunity to come over and use his set during the week. Bob also mentions that he is currently working Saturday nights. This is the total opposite of what the band is looking for. The goal is to practice at home, put the finishing touches on at practice, and play out on Saturdays. Bob does not fit this plan.

September 7 – Booting Bob
John 98% fires Bob when he once again does not show to practice during the week. The band starts to look for a drum set for a friend of John’s named Jesse. Jesse joined the air force and sold his old set. Now he’s out of the force and has no set. The band looks to possibly rent to own a set that costs $800. This is a little too costly, and other options will be investigated. A date for September 12 is set to go “Drum shopping.” The band will get to meet Jesse

September 13- Jesse Becomes part of the Project
The band meets Jesse and family. Jesse plays Bob’s set. After only hearing snippets of the songs, Jesse plays many of the songs better than Bob. He kicks ass (even though he has not really played for 6 years). Dave has spotted a 6 piece CB700 drum set with cymbals for $500. After looking around some stores in Canton, the band travels to 2203 Plymouth lane in Cuyahoga falls to purchase the set from a guy named Joe. The band puts up the cash for the set. Jesse’s future cuts of gig money will be put towards paying off the set. At that point, Jesse will own the set.
Jesse announces that he can’t practice at home, but unlike Bob, Jesse seems to catch on very quickly. The future appears optimistic. The band is united in a goal. If we do not play out, we do not get our money back on the drum set. INSTANT MOTIVATION!

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Third Man Out

June 8th – Dale’s Second Practice (Strike Two)
Dale’s second practice. Dale brings an attitude with him to practice. It’s obvious to the band that Dale’s hasn’t practiced since the last meeting. He control’s what is practiced and what is not. The practice is cut short as Dale admits he isn’t as prepared as he thought. The band starts to question their drummer selection. There is talk of moving the practices to Dale’s house. The next practice will tell what the next move will be.

June 12th -Strike Three He’s Out
Dave picks up the phone and hears John’s voice. He immediately knows there is going to be a twist to practice (possibly moved to Dale’s). John starts off with, “Well I guess we weren’t the only ones that felt like Dale was the third man out.” “He bailed,” Dave answers. John confirms, “He bailed.” Dave answers back, “I’m glad I didn’t erase the magic drummer tape.” They talk for a little while. Everyone involves knows that in the long run, this is probably for the better. However, they find ourselves back at square one.

July 18 – Kevin the Confused Guitarist/Drummer
We try out a drummer named Kevin who is really a guitar player. He’s been playing a drum set (that sounds like shit) for 3 months. Consequently, he sounds like a guy who’s been playing for three months -NEXT!

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Dale Climbs on Board

Country Drummer

May 95 – Terry, and Dale

On May 2nd the band auditions Terry Hosner. While he has experience, vocal ability, and equipment, he does not share the same attitude or taste in music. The band also feels that his meter is a little loose. It’s back to the magic drummer tape.

On May 16th Dale is auditioned for the drummer position. Dale also has equipment, vocal ability, experience, and what appears to be the same taste in music. Dale (much like John) has played in numerous bands covering a wide variety of music. He (much like Dave) is looking to try Country as a new style of playing. Impressed with his ability to learn songs quickly, the band offers him the position on the spot. Dale has a few loose ends to take care of but thinks it’s about a 70% chance he will join the band.

A few ideas for a name are being kicked around. Such as:
Free Beer
Ricochet
Quick Draw
Ribbed for your pleasure.

The basic philosophy of the band is as follows:

To play popular country music, have fun doing it, realize we’re not moving to Nashville, play on the weekends, and make some cash.
We didn’t want to sound like a “lounge act” that plays 5 different styles of music. We were a country band playing today’s new country. We wanted to do our best to sound as close to the record as possible. Many of the current country bands sounded nothing like the original artist. We wanted to make sure before we played anywhere, we would not be embarrassing ourselves.

May 29 -Dale Climbs on Board
The news it out; Dale has decided to go with the band. We are now a foursome. We are ready to roll.

May 30th – Dale’s first practice (Strike One)
Dale shows up to practice with a tape of other songs he’d like to learn. Dale speaks how in his last band “Roadhouse” he sang 20 songs. While we wouldn’t mind him singing, Kevin’s main reason for being in the band is singing. Dale points out how he has a large practice room in his house. The practice was positive but cut slightly short due to Dale’s work schedule.

June 8th – Dale’s Second Practice (Strike Two)
Dale’s second practice. Dale brings an attitude with him to practice. It’s obvious to the band that Dale’s hasn’t practiced since the last meeting. He control’s what is practiced and what is not. The practice is cut short as Dale admits he isn’t as prepared as he thought. The band starts to question their drummer selection. There is talk of moving the practices to Dale’s house. The next practice will tell what the next move will be.

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Birth of the Band

Band Mission:

To create a country band that sounds as close as possible to the original artist, while building a solid reputation for playing songs that are 100% country, in a spirit of fun, with a goal of monetary gain.

Practices:

Practices will be where the individual members put together what they have learned during the period apart. Each member should be ready to play what was decided upon at the last practice.

To keep practice hours to a minimum, each member should have their instrument tuned and ready to play. The band will have a set agenda to focus on. Any deviation from the agenda is deeply discouraged. While it is the band’s goal to have fun, we must take the time together to seriously practice and get our songs into shape.

The band realizes that situations arise that force a cancellation of practice. The band has committed to this project, and it is their goal to keep schedules free for practice. As the world is not always predictable, when things stop you from being able to attend practice,  please notify the band members as soon as possible.

Drugs and Alcohol:

All members are to keep a level of sobriety to allow quality playing. The goal of the band is to sound like the record. Any abuse that stops one from reaching this level is prohibited.

The Drum Set Situation

The drum set costs $500. John, Kevin, and Dave purchased it. Jesse will be paying it off with the money we make from playing out. John and Kevin will get paid first. When John, Kevin, and Dave share equally in the drum set, the gig money will be split 3 ways to pay off the remaining debt. There will be no interest charged for the drum set.

Song Selection

The band’s focus is on the “New Country” Music sound. While many earlier southern rock artist sound similar, it is the general principle, if you have to question it’s appropriateness, than it is not appropriate. However, the band understands that there will be some songs that the audience demands to hear-regardless of its origin. These songs will be kept to a minimum.

March 95 -Birth

John Williamson and Kevin Huston have been discussing forming a country band for approximately 2 years. John has just wrapped up a 3 piece blues band. Kevin has never been in a band but has performed at Kareeokee nights to some acclaim. Upon hearing a tape of Dave Jackson one day at the office (Graphic Enterprises where all 3 work), Kevin asks Dave if he would be interested in joining John and himself.

Dave left his last band 10 years ago. He was born and raised on heavy metal but decides to join for the challenge of playing a new type of music. Their first practice is held in early March 1995 with John on Bass, Dave on guitar, and Kevin on vocals. A drummer named Jason was originally slotted to play drums but has changed his mind at the last second. They attempt to play to a small Casio keyboard with a few built-in drum parts. It’s very cheesy. All three decide to go ahead with the project.

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