A: The Beat Farmers are a band that has stayed true to what the believe. That is good, honest straight ahead rock and roll. Their sound is difficult to describe. It has some minor Neil Young-like country overtones and some fun novelty-type songs that add to their great live shows but it is still rock and roll. I have heard the terms Cow-Punk although that is a very odd description. When a band has two lead guitarists, three lead vocalists, and great song writing, it is easy to see why there are so many influences to this band. Thanks for taking time to click this to your screen and please read on.
With the death of Country Dick Montana, the Beat Farmers are no longer together yet their music lives on through their fans. There are several spin-off projects including: (1) Joey Harris with his new band (which includes Rollie!) and (2) Jerry Raney and his project with Buddy Blue called Raney Blue. As of 6/20/96 Buddy has left the band. All are still friends. Buddy's writing career would not allow him to continue in the band.
All releases are still in print as of 3/95 (unless noted)
Original line-up: Jerry Raney (guitar, vocals), Buddy Blue (guitar,vocals), Rolle Dexter Love (bass) Country Dick Montana (drums, guitar, vocals)
tracks: (1) Bigger Stones (2) There She Goes Again (3) Reason to Believe (4) Lost Weekend (5) California Kid (6) Never Goin' Back (7) Goldmine (8) Showbiz (9) Lonesome Hound (10) Where Do They Go (11) Selfish Heart (12) Happy Boy
tracks: (1) Powderfinger (2) Death Train (3) Beat Generation (4) Glad 'n' Greasy (5) Delayed Reaction (6) Big Rock Candy Mountain
Includes full album plus Powderfinger, Beat Generation, Glad 'N' Greasy, Big Rock Candy Mountain from the Glad 'N' Greasy EP. Slightly different packaging (front and back) with more pictures and a yellow CD
tracks: (1) Riverside (3:27) (2) Deceiver (2:48) (3) Powderfinger (3:46) (4) Seven Year Blues (2:31) (5) Blue Chevrolet (2:50) (6) I Want You, Too (1:54) (7) Road of Ruin (2:27) (8) Buy Me a Car (2:46) (9) Gun Sale at the Church (2:57) (10) Bigger Fool Than Me (2:48) (11) Big Ugly Wheels (2:18)
tracks: (1) Hollywood Hills (2) Ridin' (3) Dark Light (4) Make it Last (5) Key to the World (6) God Is Here Tonight (7) Big Big Man ( 8) Elephant Day Parade (9) Rosie (10) Texas (11) Big River
tracks: (1) Socialite (3:39) (2) Hideaway (5:12) (3) What I Mean to Say (3:37) (4) Wait So Long (4:09) (5) Wheels (2:33) (6) Girl I Almost Married (3:09) (7) If I Can Hold (3:39) 8) King of Sleaze (3:10) (9) Trouble with You (2:53) (10) Time in Between (4:35)
tracks: (1) Introduction (0:27) (2) California Kid (3:36) (3) Socialite (3:48) (4) Texas (3:28) (5) Maureen (3:53) (6) Revenooer Man (3:10) (7) Lucille (5:17) (8) Happy Boy (2:16) (9) 20th Century Man (4:42) (10) Blue Chevrolet (3:11) (11) Big Big Man (4:30) (12) Ridin' (5:11) (13) Hideaway (5:14) (14) Selfish Heart (2:44) (15) Big Ugly Wheels (2:35) (16) Roll Another Number (for the Road) (2:51) (17) Hollywood Hills (4:31) (18) If I Were A Carpenter (0:34) (19) God Is Here Tonight (3:40) (20) Riverside (3:58) (21) King of Sleaze (3:37)
tracks: (1) Southern Cross (2) Complicated Life (3) Baby's Liquor'd Up (4) Garden (5) The Woo Woo Song (6) Atomic Age Mutants (7) Gettin' Drunk (8) Are You Drinking With Me Jesus?(9) Midnight World (10) Why Should I Cry (11) A Pretty Woman (12) Are You Gonna Love Me (13) Lakeside Trailer Park
tracks: (1) Riverside (3:27) (2) Blue Chevrolet (2:54) (3) Gun Sale At The Church (2:57) (4) Socialite (3:38) (5) Girl I Almost Married (3:19) (6) Make It Last (3:57) (7) Key To The World (3:21) (8) God Is Here Tonight (3:39) (9) Lucille (5:28) (10) Happy Boy (2:18)
The Jacks: self-titled LP: great band (only on cassette by Rounder Records; - vinyl out of print) Buddy Blue: Guttersnipes and Zealots- 1991 (on CD by Rhino Records) The Buddy Blue Band: Dive Bar Casanovas- 1994 (on CD by Bizarre/Planet Records)- Blues/swing/jazz/rock- odd stuff! Rug Burns- Buddy Blue produced this indie label hit.
(from Richard: "Una Mas Cerveza" Buddy Blue produces and sings on the album which is released on Mojo's label "Triple x Records". Country Dick sings on their second release "Dressed to swill" From the liner notes: "The creation of 'Dressed to Swill' added some new dignitaries to the Honorary Pig roster. The infamous Country Dick Montana arrived is his usual fashion; that is, after weaving his '64 Falcon through I-5 rush-hour traffic at a subtle 85mph." Also guesting on this record are Dave Alvin, Chris Gaffney and Michael Doucet of Beausoleil. I highly recommend both of these releases especially if you have the good taste to recognize the Beat Farmers as the musical Gods they are.)
Tales... is released in January, 1985 while the BFers play the Bacchanal in San Diego quite often. March, 1985, the BFers begin their first US tour. After opening for the Blasters, they make the mistake of their lives by signing a 7 record deal with CURB Records. They take off to England for a 3 week tour in June and record "Glad 'N Greasy" for Demon Records. December, 1985, Buddy Blue leaves the band after recording "Van Go" but never waiting around for its release. Joey Harris, who had worked with Dick in 1983 with Country Dick and the Snuggle Bunnies. "Van Go" is released in June, 1986 while the band plays two 60,000 person festivals in Belgium. The song "Riverside" gets radio play and the band is asked to make a cheesie Budweiser radio commercial using the music from "Riverside".
February, 1987, the BFers complete recording "The Pursuit Of Happiness". The single "Make It Last" is added to 40 country/western stations in June but as soon as the album is released, the radio programmers hear the rest of the album and drop the song from the play lists- to much rock and roll. October, 1987, Dick almost beats up the lead singer for Duran Duran. "Dark Light" makes some noise on radio play lists.
January, 1988, the BFers begin work on the next album. In May, 1988, they start a European tour for two months. They return to deal with label problems. In February, 1989, Dick and Joey join Mojo Nixon and Dave Alvin (Blasters) with nine other tuxedoed fools and play the west coast as "The Pleasure Barons". A live album is recorded an eventually released in 1993. In July, 1989, "Poor and Famous" is finally released. While playing their annual New Years shows, they record the shows for a live album.
In March, 1990, Dick has thyroid surgery. This problem has been bothering Dick for years now. He has been in and out of the doctor's office for cancer treatments. June, 1990, the live album is released, "Live, Loud, and Plowed" without the bands knowledge. Dick discovers it at a Tower Records in San Diego. They play the David Letterman Show in New York. Dave's says he wants to become a roadie for the band.
The band fights for the next few years to boot CURB. The lawyers get rich and the band continues to play regularly on the west coast with various swings to the mid-west and east.
The BFers continue to have various other projects going on including the Incredible Hayseeds (a country western review show with a trombone added), Country Dick's Petting Zoo, Country Dick's Garage, Jerry and Joey acoustic, Jerry and Buddy jam nights, and the Pleasure Barons. Country Dick is recording a solo effort. This will contain many of the nasty Dick songs we all know and love as well as some straight ahead rock and rollers like "Big Fast Town" and "Indigo Rider". Dick said recently that this will be out someday and is a concept album, Dick style. Dick is also working with Mojo Nixon when time permits.
Undaunted, the BFers head to Vancouver, Canada in 1993 to record their new record. The untitled album is completed and the band begins the search for a new record label. Sector 2 Records, out of Austin, signs the band and soon " Viking Lullabys" (spelled wrong because Dick likes it that way!) is pressed up on CD and readied for release on August 9, 1994.
The band continues to tour (what else is new!) and then returns to San Diego and begins work in early 1995 on a new album. They decide to produce it themselves and record it in San Diego (a first!). The Bfers change their sound slightly to get a harder sound to this new album. Those bastards at CURB decide to release a greatest hits package in truly cheap form. It is a very poor retrospective of the band that was packaged, put together, and released without the bands knowledge (sound familiar!). Oh how we love CURB!
By mid-year, the album is finished. " Manifold" is the title and it is released on September 19, 1995. As a tribute to the home town fans, the album is released two weeks earlier in San Diego to coincide with the Street Scene (an outdoor concert event that takes place every year in San Diego). The band hits the road with the Blasters for a co-headline tour that swings all over the country in September and October.
Suddenly on a Wednesday night, November 8th, 1995, while playing drums in Whistler, Brittish Columbia (about one hour out of Vancouver- a BFer strong hold!) the unthinkable happened. Country Dick was struck down by a heart attack during the third song of their show.
The indestructible, fun loving, deep voiced, friendly, extremely humorous giant is now gone. There are no words that can describe how any BFer fan feels. Dan McLain AKA Country Dick Montana was a talent that can never be equaled. Sure he wasn't well known but anyone who ever saw a BFer live show could tell you that Dick was at his best- on stage. His presence will never be replaced and I know that the remaining BFers do not want to replace him. Whatever shape the BFers take, it will never be the same without Country Dick Montana. As of 11/11/95, the BFers are no more.
For complete info regarding Country Dick's death, please consult the appropriate part of this WWW page.
We will keep you all posted as soon as I know something. Joey Harris HAS recorded a demo tape and is shopping it. Jerry Raney is writing songs in San Diego and formed a band with Buddy Blue called Raney Blue. Rollie Love is playing again with Joey!
A:Hubba Hubba Hubba was originally set to be Humina Humina Humina (ala the Honeymooners and Jackie Gleason) but Dick said this was too tough to do while drinking!
Q: Did the BFers ever do a Budweiser radio commercial?
A: Yes, Budweiser used the music to "Riverside" to do a radio Budweiser commercial back in 1986
Q: When did the band stop fans from throwing beer at the stage when they played?
A: For the first 10 years of the band's existence, it was customary to throw beer at Country Dick during his rendition of Lucille. At the 10 year anniversary show, the band decided that it was time to stop this practice due to too many ruined instruments, cloths, etc. Also, true BFer fans know that Dick will get himself drenched in beer all by himself!
Q: What has the band been doing since the release of " Viking Lullabys"?
A: They have been touring while also their management is trying to secure a major label deal since the reviews for Viking Lullabys were very positive. As always, the BFers appreciate the support the fans give them and they hope to be in a town near you soon.
Q: What was the last BFer album released?
A: YES! It is out and called " Manifold". It is a little "heavier" than the recent BFer material and delivers some great new songs.
Q: Will Country Dick's solo album ever be released?
A: It will be released by Bar None Records and is called The Devil Lied To Me. It should be out in late July 1996.
Q: Is it true that Country Dick's family is trying to get a statue made?
A: As of 6/96, there are plans to raise money to get a life size statue of Country Dick Montana made and placed in San Diego. A compilation video is planned (about 45 min. long) to help raise money for this.
As you read this, the Beat Farmers are trying to figure out what great t-shirts and other goodies (BFer panties, bolo ties, can coolers, etc.) to make available via mail order.
Descriptions will follow shortly with prices as well.
There are plans for a comemorative Country Dick tee shirt. Stay tuned for more info.
You can contact the band by writing their them at:
The Beat Farmers dept. KD PO Box 2128 El Cajon, CA 92021
The fan club phone line is: 619-440-1508 This is designed to give fans up to the minute info about tour info, etc. This will also be available on the BFer e-mailing list through: firstname.lastname@example.org
OR CHECK OUT the WWW page at:
Special thanks to Michael Breen for his dedication in getting this WWW page completed! Country Dick salutes you.
Thanks for your time. This service is provided by a fan of BFer music. Ken
is not connected to the record company and is not paid by the BFers.
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