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.
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!