One of my favorite bands from NYC. I actually learned to Two-Step to them when I lived there back in the 1980’s. The original band lineup consisted of: Bruce Lang: bass, vocals and electric mandolin, Billy Lang: drums, vocals and glockenspiel, Guy “Fooch” Fischetti: fiddle, Bruce Derr: pedal steel and vocals, Skeeter Starke: rhythm guitar, bass and vocals. I hired them to play at my Swing Dance in Watertown, MA. They were joined by Joyce Anderson on fiddle and vocals. Below are the results. A great Western Swing Band and “The Best Two-Step Band in the Land”. Give a listen.
More info at Bruce Lang’s website. Listen and Enjoy
I lived in the Bay Area for over a year, and was impressed by all the great music/musicians there. Here is a sample of some of the local talent. This band consisted of Kevin Wimmer, Piper Heisig, Sylvia Herold, and Tony Marcus. This was one of their first gigs and they were later known as “Cats and Jammers”. I taped this at the Freight & Salvage Coffee House on my little tape recorder. The sound quality is not great, but the music is.
40 Miles to Nowhere
Richland Woman Fiddle Medley I’m Ready for that River Prairie Lullaby Ragtime Life Texas Katy I Miss You Only Working Girl’s Vacation Persian Kitty Swing 39 Devil with the Devil Lone Star Linda Lou River of Jordan Blues Shadows of the Pines Working Girl Blues Darkness on the Delta Goin Fishin’ Lotus Blossom Wild Dog The Human Thing to do Slipped Disk Jersey Bounce Hesitation Blues
Ashokan Dance Camp is located near Woodstock, NY. I was on staff 1985-86, teaching Western Swing Dancing and Texas Two-Step. What a great time. I got to meet Tiny Moore, who played with Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys. And now through the miracle of modern science, you will get to see and hear him, Jay Ungar, Molly Mason, Rich Lieberson, Matt Glaser, Junior Daugherty, Sean Blackburn, The Dixie Doughboys, and countless others. The recording quality may not be great, but the music is…enjoy.
Junior Daugherty singing “Got no reason now for going home”
Matt Glaser – “Party for the Old Folks”
Tiny Moore’s band plays “Time Changes Everything”, “Rose of San Antone”, and “Miles and Miles of Texas”
Laurel & Hardy Cowboy Dance with Larry Edelman, John Krum, Pop Wagner, Roger Weiss
Tony Marcus sings “Statue of a Fool”
“Swing that Music”, “Bourbon Street”
Junior sings “Too Pretty for Words”
Tiny sings “Time Changes Everything”
Ashokan band with Howie Tarnower, Roger Weiss, Diana Leigh
Joel Eckhaus singing “Love Letters” and playing the saw
“Invitation to the Blues”, “Under the X in Texas”, “Got no Reason Now for Going Home”,”Sugar Moon”
Bottom Dollar consisted of Rich Nardin and Izzy Reinish. Besides being able to hear them at the Freeze-Dried Coffee House, below are recordings from WRPI radio in Troy (11/21/1976) and their final performance at the Oneonta Coffee House with special guests Robin Greenstein, Jeff Rosen, and Roger Weiss. Listen and Enjoy