Triple Played: Let me know your favorite local band

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Who is your favorite local band? I have not asked this question in this column before now.

However, years ago when I first started stating my opinions in this column, I said J.T. & the Big Dogs was the best local band.

Most of the band expressed their gratitude for my opinion but other bands and some of their members were not at all happy about it, and they let me know in many different ways. Some called, some sent email and a couple said they would not shop at Triple Play Records again.

I don’t blame any of them. In fact, I think it was great they expressed their opinions. I am pretty sure everyone has gotten over it by now. It wasn’t the smartest thing I have ever written in my life, and I learned a thing or two about opinions.

There is more local music available to us now than at any other time I can remember since we moved back here in 1969.

My earliest recollection of local bands starts in the early 1970s when I was in high school. It was pretty slim pickings, but there were Ralph & Clyde, followed by the original Hewey, Dewey and Louie, Boenzie Creek and Ralph Dinosaur and the Fabulous Volcanoes that we could call our own.

For my parents’ generation, there was Gerri Nedine (sic) who performed mostly at the Cork’ N Embers and was a favorite performer for many local charity functions. Dick Jensen and his band was the house band at the Flamingo at Second Street and Colorado Avenue. The Walt Smith Trio and Chuck & Jeanie Thomas played various places throughout town.

For straight country, Jake Smith played at the Café Caravan at First and Main streets during the early 1970s and later bought the Oceola Club in Mack and changed the name to the Colorado Club. It was there that Smith hosted a monthly jam session on Sunday afternoons where anyone could, and usually did, show up and play.

Smith was a mentor to many of the local country musicians including Chris Rowland and Bobby Baugh who later changed his name to Bobby Walker. A good friend and local musician, Joe Kendrick, helped me fill in the blanks on some of the aforementioned artists.

Since we opened Triple Play in 1988, the music scene has grown exponentially, and I feel lucky to have several friends, acquaintances and customers who play in many of the bands.

We hear many different comments about the local music scene. Some positive, some negative, some out of envy or jealousness, but we do hear about the local bands.

Starting in the late 1980s and looking across the years, I recall Ralph Dinosaur, J.T. & the Big Dogs, Exit 42, Bobbie Walker, Lion Vibes, Grotto, Wheel, the Williams Brothers, Rumor Hazzit, Dennis and Michelle Woodrich, Riveter and Mario Asti.

Some of the more recent bands include: Stray Grass, Ofay Soul, Desert Moon, No Outlet, Flat Top Reed, DVS Minds, Project Groove, Eagle on the Highway, 17th Street Band, Terry McGovern & the Uranium Blues Band, Thomasina Brown Project, Zolopht and the Destroyers, Dreamboat, Jack + Jill, Tres XXX and Steve Williams and any band he is a part of.

That is all I can recall and I’m sure I’ve left several out, maybe even your favorite local band. I apologize. And that is why I am counting on your opinion.

Please stop by the store or email me with the name of your favorite local band, and I will write another column with your opinions.

Rock Cesario owns Triple Play Records, 530 Main St., and hosts “Acoustic Sunday” from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday on Drive 105.3 FM. Email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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