Chapter 1 – The Showband Years

Chapter 1 – The Showband Years

Growing up in ‘70s Nottingham, Tony and Kev shared a daily bus journey to school, usually dominated by talk of music. Whilst schoolmates might have been discussing The Clash, Gary Numan or The Undertones, the boys were delving into the country rock of Waylon Jennings, Creedence, Gram Parsons and The Eagles. From the age of …

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Chapter 2 – A cow punk stole my heart

Chapter 2 – A cow punk stole my heart

With the formation of their own showband – The Rambling Boys – whilst in Sixth Form, the guys built even more gigging (and driving) experience, and the freedom to broaden the setlists further beyond mainstream country. At the time, public libraries offered out vinyl records on two-week loans, often relying on requests to guide their purchases of …

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Chapter 3 – Texan debuts

Chapter 3 – Texan debuts

It was summer 1984 and the boys were each working casual summer jobs in the North East USA.  Tony spotted an ad in the Irish newspaper for New York – “Duo needed urgently for residency in Irish bar, Houston.” Somehow in those days before mobile phones he managed to get in touch with Kevin – ‘Of …

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Chapter 4 – Coast to coast, USA

Chapter 4 – Coast to coast, USA

The summer of 85 saw the boys sat on a TWA flight to Houston with a healthy set of gigs booked and pocket full of contacts for new venues, importantly beyond the Texan heartland of 84. By now ‘New Country’ was in full swing in U.K. , with the likes of Steve Earle hitting the …

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