Bands and musicians

Bios and stories about the artists we feature

FTV: The Ocher Beast

      As far back as I can remember, our family had pickup trucks.  I learned to drive on our camp beater truck that was old enough (circa 1949) that it sported a standard shift on the column,  a key that was on and off only, and the starter footswitch was on the floor near the […]

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From the Vaults: Montrose

      Ronnie Montrose died in 2012 after a prolonged struggle with prostate cancer and that is what music fans everywhere were led to believe.  Later reports indicated that he had taken his own life, but in that he had resolved to battled the disease without chemotherapy or invasive procedures,  one undoubtedly led to the other. […]

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FTV: Touring Report 1967

      It is the summer of 1967.   Herman’s Hermits and The Who are touring the United States.  Which band is the opener and which is the headliner?  This is a trick question because technically, the opening band was The Blues Magoos with The Who second on the bill and Peter Noones’ lightweight pop band Herman’s […]

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FTV: Joan Baez

    Joan Baez was a big part of the 1960s and played a major role in defining the entire protest singer genre.  I didn’t like her.  I liked Donovan, Dylan and Arlo Guthrie, all artists who were supporting causes and writing songs very similar to Baez, but I could never quite get past her often prickly, […]

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FTV: Gigs in the Round

      You read that right:  “Gigs in the Round”, not “Getting Around to Gigs”.  Transportation to and from gigs is a different chapter.  This one will discuss gigs where the band is not on a traditional stage but literally surrounded by the crowd they are playing for.  The name more than likely is a play […]

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