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    This could be fun and informative for we four or five music geeks who talk to each other on this dinosaur forum/bored. Back in the late 70s and early 80s we relocated from the beach to the NC triangle so the future Mrs Kemp could attend graduate school at NC State. I certainly didn't want to leave the beach but found that I loved Raleigh, NC, because The triangle area (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill) was fertile ground musically. One of the best "Combo Land" Bands of that era was The Fabulous Knobs. I thought from the name that I was going to see/hear a punk band but was pleasantly surprised to witness a fresh faced bunch of Stones/Faces/Muscle Shoals soul fans playing some of that music and many originals influenced by those sounds. They had the dynamic Ms. Debra DeMilo on most lead vocals, a cute, skinny little white gal whom I consider the Tina Turner comeback before the Tina Turner comeback. They still reunite, but infrequently. I tried to find some vintage footage, I know it's out there, but didn't succeed. Here's a humorously lip synched clip from a local kids show that offers a look at how much fun they were on stage and lets you hear one of their original songs. Drummer Terry Anderson went on to write a couple of gold records, "Battleship Chains" for the Georgia Satellites and "I Love You Period" for Dan Baird with whom he also worked in The Yahoos. What da ya think? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpCMq-3QqaI


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    Every town's got the resident guitar slinger, but sometimes it's the other guy in the band that has a lasting influence on ya. I'm talking about Sacramento's Beer Dawgs, who carved-out a musical identity in the same town that gave us Tesla, Bourgeois Tagg, the Deftones, Cake and Tony! Toni! Toné! I got to know the guys very well over the years and always admired their playing-6-days-a-week work ethic. And full disclosure, they gave us our start and vouched for us when I wasn't sure we deserved it lol. I don't know what "making it" would have done to them, honestly - they enjoyed playing basketball, golfing, motorcycles and really enjoying their time off. You can catch Bob, the songwriter and singer and slide player on this tune playing several nights a week solo or with his trio (look for Slim Bawb) around New Braunfels and Gruene, TX. This tune was the one that I think got away... well-written story song that showcased the band's strong points and let the whiz-bang picker, Steve Wall, really stretch out. I hope you enjoy it and say howdy for me if you're chasing BBQ or swimming holes near Austin and make it down to Gruene.


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    • #3
      The Zobo Funn Band, from Ithaca New York. Great band. David Torn was the guitarist.

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      • #4
        If there is any video or recordings you can post of these bands, please do so.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Augustwest56 View Post
          The Zobo Funn Band, from Ithaca New York. Great band. David Torn was the guitarist.
          Ithaca has some great music! Not that they should have "hit it big", but I always dug Jo Jo.... remember them?

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            One of my favorites growing up in Rochester , NY was Wilmer and the Dukes . They were a really fun live band : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zv0HiQqkdlE

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              Here in Louisiana The Bluerunners. They were the first band I ever saw at The Fest back in 1989. One the band members had on a Husker Du t-shirt which I thought was really cool. Each one of their 5 albums is very good yet somewhat different than their others. "To The Country", their rootsiest album was in my opinion one of the best Louisiana albums of the 90s. I saw some wild shows, the best at Grant Street Dancehall back in 1995. I guess too rock for the cajun/zydeco crowd and too rootsy for the rock n roll crowd. Fans of Los Lobos, Dwayne Dopsie, CC Adcock, Steve Riley, Lost Bayou Ramblers may like them. They made a little comeback a couple of years ago playing a few gigs at Chickie Wah Wah but it never amounted to anything.

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                Originally posted by jjazznj View Post
                Here in Louisiana The Bluerunners. They were the first band I ever saw at The Fest back in 1989. One the band members had on a Husker Du t-shirt which I thought was really cool. Each one of their 5 albums is very good yet somewhat different than their others. "To The Country", their rootsiest album was in my opinion one of the best Louisiana albums of the 90s. I saw some wild shows, the best at Grant Street Dancehall back in 1995. I guess too rock for the cajun/zydeco crowd and too rootsy for the rock n roll crowd. Fans of Los Lobos, Dwayne Dopsie, CC Adcock, Steve Riley, Lost Bayou Ramblers may like them. They made a little comeback a couple of years ago playing a few gigs at Chickie Wah Wah but it never amounted to anything.
                They were never bigtime, but always a popular, dependable band in SW La.
                How many cajun or zydeco bands ever go bigtime anyway?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by revjimk View Post

                  Ithaca has some great music! Not that they should have "hit it big", but I always dug Jo Jo.... remember them?
                  I can't believe I actually found a video of JoJo! Video quality & sound is pretty raw here, like I said, never destined for greatness but a totally fun, unpretentious bar band. They've been tagged "cowpunk", but you know who they remind me of?.... Country Joe & the Fish: radical lyrics, cheesy psychedelic guitar... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAtw50gpB28

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                    Originally posted by duende View Post
                    Every town's got the resident guitar slinger, but sometimes it's the other guy in the band that has a lasting influence on ya. I'm talking about Sacramento's Beer Dawgs, who carved-out a musical identity in the same town that gave us Tesla, Bourgeois Tagg, the Deftones, Cake and Tony! Toni! Toné! I got to know the guys very well over the years and always admired their playing-6-days-a-week work ethic. And full disclosure, they gave us our start and vouched for us when I wasn't sure we deserved it lol. I don't know what "making it" would have done to them, honestly - they enjoyed playing basketball, golfing, motorcycles and really enjoying their time off. You can catch Bob, the songwriter and singer and slide player on this tune playing several nights a week solo or with his trio (look for Slim Bawb) around New Braunfels and Gruene, TX. This tune was the one that I think got away... well-written story song that showcased the band's strong points and let the whiz-bang picker, Steve Wall, really stretch out. I hope you enjoy it and say howdy for me if you're chasing BBQ or swimming holes near Austin and make it down to Gruene.


                    I love the music & Memphis style horn section, not too crazy about the singer.....

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by revjimk View Post

                      They were never bigtime, but always a popular, dependable band in SW La.
                      How many cajun or zydeco bands ever go bigtime anyway?
                      Buckwheat was making inroads in the "mass market" & has been on TV a bunch of times, but for hard core dancehall zydeco, Beau Jocque was starting to get some exposure until his untimely death. Here he is on Letterman (who mistakenly uses the word "cajun"): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-QyV4rehdo

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                      • #12
                        Great Austin band.... too damn good to ever be a BNA: Asylum St. Spankers. They have so many good videos its hard to stop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28KyH97z3vI
                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMEeNPa-XYA
                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVkk6fH2u0Y
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                          More: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVkk6fH2u0Y


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                            Their classic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzIboq1qEa8

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                            • #15
                              Another great Austin band, WAY too good to ever "hit it big": Shiny Ribs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0NhRnR2ZsU

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