Triple Played: Response big to all-time favorite local bands
In my last column, I gave a brief recollection of local bands from the 1970s to the present, and then I asked you to let me know who your favorite local band is.
I had no idea that I would get so much response. In fact, I think that from that column I received more feedback than from any column I have written since I asked about favorite guitar players.
A lot of you just mentioned the name of your favorite band. Many of you went into more detail with messages. Here are some of your responses.
■ “I truly feel and think that Vintage Voltage is the top group in the Grand Valley. They play the and know more music then all of the other groups together, plus their group uses the same people, Sincerely, Peter Trujillo.”
■ “Hi Rock! Read your column in the Out & About regarding local bands. Yes, you did leave out my favorite! Roundabout is a rockin’ country band. They play at the Mesa County Fair & the downtown farmers market every year. They are the house band at The Livery in Palisade and have played at several other local night spots in the last few years. Please include them in your next article!! Thanks, Sally Pahler.”
■ “Hi Rock, we read your articles every week in the Sentinel but did not see our name in your list of local bands. We are Vintage Voltage and have been playing the Grand Valley since Feb. 2007. We play ‘60s-‘80s Classic rock and blues. Keep up the good work with your terrific music articles! Thanks, Chris vintagevoltageband.com.”
■ “Hi Rock, great article! Wasn’t SugarLoaf a local band too? I remember Mike Thorp was one of the members. They had a one-hit wonder “Green Eyed Lady” that I just KNOW was written for me (ha, and how many other teen girls thought the same!) Sugarloaf played at one of our GJHS proms, either 1971 or 1972. — Connie.”
■ “Rock, when you mentioned Geri Nadine that brought some memories of her at the Nite Gallery lounge with Mark Newwit and a guy named Bobby. They rocked the place in the early ‘80s and, Rock, I can’t believe you didn’t mention Ralph and Clyde at the Ironhorse or the Bird (flamingo). As for today, Gerry Goodman is a very good rocker who also does SRV very well dresses the part too! I know because I was at tornado jam in Lubbock, Texas. Anyway, good job Rock for bringing back memories, Mark Berkley.”
■ “Hey Rock, Nice column. The original Ralph Dinosaur Band was the called The Backwash Boys, which we founded about 1972. We played at the Beerstube (?) and the Whatever Club as well as private parties. The band was Bob Baugh, Ralph Donnen (Dinosaur), Alan King and me. We started Ralph Dinosaur and the Fabulous Volcanos in 1981 when I got out of the Navy with Ralph, Alan, Doug Simons and myself. On my Facebook page, I posted an article from The Daily Sentinel’s Oct. 24, 1982, issue listing local bands of the day. Sierra, The Frontiersmen, Chuck and Jeanie, The Professors, Colorado Koolaid, Don Carey and the Bandits, Fourplay, Cedar Creek, Small Change, Euphoria, Ninety Nine, Revolver? Ah, the memories. I’m sure there were more. Just for the record, JT & the Big Dogs are playing out again on a limited basis. Hope to see you at a show! — Pete Langford.”
The article Langford refers to can be seen among the photos on the Western Slope Musicians Collective’s Facebook page.
There will be much more to come on local bands in future columns.