Saturday, August 10, 2013

TO Bandtree V


Blogger SK Waller said...

Great looking poster--as always!

Gold Coast California Dreamin'

7:02 PM  
Blogger Dennis Swanson said...

Yes,awesome work Dave!

7:05 PM  
Blogger Dave Fontana said...

Wish I could be there this year...
...maybe next year we'll have a Bandtree Bus.
Starts out from Flo' with Larry Weisman n' I
picks up Albie in St. Louie, Joplin, Missouri, and Oklahoma's might pretty... don't forget Winona, ...Barstow, San Bernadino... to ol' TO.

8:06 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Sorry I missed this! I was the drummer in The Evolution (later The Sons of Eric). We were written up in the TOHS newspaper. Mike Johnson played lead guitar, Jim Keuthe was on bass and Bil McCombe was on rhythm. Jim insigated the first TOHS protest rally (in support of mini-skirts and long hair), drawing the entire TO police force (four cars at the time)!

I played drums with numerous bands after I moved to Culver City and then Hollywood. After about twelve years of drumming I became a front man/lead singer/harmonica player. The best L. A. band I was in hit big as soon as I left! They were called The Heaters. For two great years they were the hottest band in L. A. I saw them blow Talking Heads off the stage. Go to the Heaters website for my complete detailing of the band and how they came to be.

I created 45 bootleg record album covers in the mid-1970s (I'm an artist), then began doing legit covers for The Firesign Theatre, Iggy Pop, Todd Rundgren, The Beach Boys, The Nice, The Smithereens and Emerson Lake & Palmer. I just created the cover to Yusuf's (Cat Stevens') new CD, Tell 'Em I'm Gone. I also authored and illustrated my current bestseller, Legends of the Blues. It's 100 portraits of my favorite blues musicians born prior to 1930, plus their bios. I also produced the CD that comes with the book. I'm halfway through the sequel, Legends of the British Blues.

I have fond memories of band lunches at TO High. Our band, Denny's band (The Children of the Mushroom) and Wade's and Medardo's (Medardo and I worked at the Casita Valdez Mexican restaurant) band The Blue Coats used to gather together at lunch time to eat and argue musical tastes.

Will there be another TO Bandtree? I'm happy to see Bil McCombe's still playing. I got to sing and play five blues songs with Mick Taylor and sing & play with Ray Manzarek of The Doors a few years back. I think they're both on YouTube.

Keep on Rockin', Amigos!

Bill (William) Stout

8:13 PM  
Blogger Dennis Swanson said...

Those were the days Bill! Thanks for your post!


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