The Archives of a Country Rock Band 1980’s

First off, I’m dedicating this post to the memory of Tex Goldberg!   The early 80’s was quite a time for Them Fargo Brothers. That was the time when outlaw country and country rock were very popular – partly because of the popularity of the “mechanical riding bulls” and all the clubs that opened up because of that. We had a built in touring circuit that filled up quickly by booking ourselves in all these clubs. We had to upgrade our PA system quite a bit to fit these somewhat large venues. “Billy Jacks” in Rochester, NY, held more than 2000 people for example. Here we are onstage at Billy Jacks in the late 70’s.

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We purchased a cube van which we had to modify for our touring. We divided the actual cube in half. We had a steel angle iron partition welded in the middle to create the halves. The back half was used to store the equipment and the front half we set up for ourselves to sit. We built two benches on either side with storage under neath and we paneled and insulated the walls and ceiling – with a small roof vent for ventilation. There was no AC in the truck at all. On the benches we had bean bag cushions and such and over head lighting for reading like you see in an airplane. Fairly comfortable but chilly in the winter and stuffy in the summer.

It was at that time also, that we were working on our first recording release – on a 45rpm at that! – Ain’t No UFO Gonna Catch My Diesel – which was recorded by Harry King and Bill Chinook at Bill’s studio outside of Portland, Maine. We released quite a few and got a fair amount of airplay out of it. Here’s a link to the song:

Here are a bunch of photos from that time that I recently found in the back of the dregs of my closet in an old dusty box!

Harry King engineering - UFO session.

Harry King engineering – UFO session.

John, Mike and Bruce - Whittier Concert.

John, Mike and Bruce – Whittier Concert.

Bruce on the steel guitar - Whittier Concert.

Bruce on the steel guitar – Whittier Concert.

On stage at Whittier.

On stage at Whittier.

Tex, Me and John

Tex, Me and John

John Dudli - Drums

John Dudli – Drums

Tex, Me and Mike.

Tex, Me and Mike.

Tex and Jim Merrill in the van. Jim ran sound and lights for us and also filled in on bass and vocals.

Tex and Jim Merrill in the van. Jim ran sound and lights for us and also filled in on bass and vocals.

Bruce with his new repro Sharps carbine.

Bruce with his new repro Sharps carbine.

Mike Casserly, our bass player on the left and Bruce Geiger, our steel guitar player in the van!

Mike Casserly, our bass player on the left and Bruce Geiger, our steel guitar player in the van!

Tex and i at setup before an outdoor concert at Mt. Whittier, Ossipee, New Hampshire

Tex and i at setup before an outdoor concert at Mt. Whittier, Ossipee, New Hampshire

L-R - John Dudli, Mike Casserly and Tex Goldberg doing vocals in the studio - UFO session.

L-R – John Dudli, Mike Casserly and Tex Goldberg doing vocals in the studio – UFO session.

Me doing vocals in the studio - UFO session.

Me doing vocals in the studio – UFO session.

Here I am driving the "cube van."

Here I am driving the “cube van.”

Here's Tex Goldberg - our lead guitar player - relaxing in the van.

Here’s Tex Goldberg – our lead guitar player – relaxing in the van.

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About Bill Madison

Bill Madison – Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist My musical career spans more than 40 years; from the Folk Music venues of Boston, New York City and Montreal during the 1960’s, to the ski resorts and honky tonks of Northern New England from the 1970’s to the 1990’s. In 1973, I released my first album called “Sunday Mornin’ Hayride”. That album has been re-released by Riverman Records and Yoga Records and was voted in the top ten retro re-issues for 2009 by the Acid Archives. In 1974, I formed Them Fargo Brothers which became New England’s Premier Country Rock Band, and I toured with the band until 1990. I am currently writing and recording in my studio and marketing my CD’s through my web site and have downloads available across the web. I am also seeking to license my music to films, etc. And I am a Featured Artist on IMRadio.com.
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