COWBOYS, WHISKEY, AND COUNTRY MUSIC
Early on, the musicians liked our music,
but some others doubted our “countryness” because we were different.
Thanks to groundbreakers like Roger Miller,
country got more variety.
Now it’s back to “cowboys, whiskey, and country music”.
We don’t fit the cookie cutter, even in indie music.
We won’t be making our music dumber.
We once played a show with Jerry Reed, B.J. Thomas, and other stars
at The Citrus Bowl football stadium.
Misty and I were the only ones that got paid
because we cornered the money man.
After the show T.G.Sheppard asked us where the money person was.
We felt bad because we had a suspicion,
and T.G. is a nice guy.
A man in Tampa once booked us for a show.
We were the stars, and the only act on the show.
He rented a huge football stadium for the event,
and did no advertising.
About twenty people came. I think they were his family.
He blamed us, and refused to pay us.
And yet we stay in the music business.
It’s a form of insanity.
In the years we booked through The Buddy Lee Agency
we never got stiffed for our money.
The contracts called for 50% to be returned with the signed contract,
and the rest to be paid in cash before we go on stage.
“How many people can you draw?” That’s what the show bookers ask.
I’ve seen major acts play to a dead house
because the buyers didn’t advertise properly.
I’ve also seen lesser known artists pack venues
because of good promotion by the buyers.
Elvis would bomb if nobody knew he was there.
Misty and I are going to break into show biz any day now.
As soon as old singers become the “in thing”.
I always wanted to be a starlet.
Sometimes I think there are less than 20 radio stations
that even know we’re still putting out records.
Sorry for all the negative comments about the music business.
There is also a down side.
Maybe we should have opened a carpet remnants store.
We either love it or we’re hooked on it.
WHY I GOT INTO SHOW BUSINESS…
It’s the kind of public humiliation I’ve always wanted.
I plan to visit visit Australia
when they find a nicer name for “penal colony”.