“Friends for Life”
Last week as part of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the recording of Seekers of the Fleece, we offered a memorial tribute to Slim Pickens for his narrative contribution to the recording. Nevertheless, it is the music that intertwines and links the heroic historical verse and epic narrative structure of my trilogy A Ballad of the West. From the beginning, the songs were written to stand alone as unique, contemporary musical works. Music was also the reason for bringing in the legendary Lost Gonzo Band into the project from the very beginning. Of course, in those days they weren’t “legendary”; they were simply new friends who happened to also be great musicians. The founding members, Gary P. Nunn, Bob Livingston, John Inmon, and Donny Dolan helped me record the demos of my prototype “epic ballad”, Seekers of the Fleece, in 1972 in engineer Jim Inmon’s bedroom studio at the famous Austin “band” house. “The Hill on the Moon”. The same team reunited in Colorado with the late beloved character actor, Slim Pickens, in 1975 to record the master recordings of Seekers of the Fleece.
In the spring of 2000, John and Jim Inmon and Bob Livingston returned with me to the studio to record Parts Two and Three respectively, Pahaska, and Lakota. I am very proud that over the twenty-five year period of recording the entire trilogy the same musicians accompanied me musically. As Gary P. is fond of saying we are, “friends for life”.
So it is with great pleasure and a very deep bow of gratitude to these talented, generous, and spirited musicians -and life-long friends- that I am celebrating the 40th anniversary of the recording of Seekers of the Fleece this week with photographs and stories of The Lost Gonzo Band and their brilliant contribution in bringing history to