|Just a couple
of things... I played with Billy in 1973/1974... along with Janet, Billy
Berosini, Mike Roark & Bob Case primarily playing steel at that point.
I could never do all the gigs since I'd just started my job in the sound
dept. at Centron and was out for location shoots all the time. However...
I was there, though, twice for the Billy Spears Blue Grass Festival... it
rained like hell both years and I think Dwight or whoever was behind it just
totally had his ass handed to him financially... ... I had to get off the
pot and he hired the guy who I think was named "Link" who had been doing
all the gigs that I couldn't -- he played an ES335 guitar... do you remember
him? I don't recall the remainder of the band at that point...
I don't think Janet ever performed with the Pat & Gordon version of the band, nor did I. I may have done a gig or two with Billy after his accident -- I recall something in a tent somewhere, but that could have been another band, another place, another time -- maybe that was just something with you and John Lomas and Buddy??? Still, I credit Billy with reviving my interest in country and western swing music. He'd start off one of those lightning quick fiddle tunes that I'd never heard, play one chorus, complete with 3 beat bars, extra 5's, etc., then turn to me and say "Take it Straaanger..." (his pronunciation of my name, of course.) My contribution to Billy was that I taught him "Sugarfoot Rag" -- we played a kick-butt duet with him on his four-string electric mandolin.
I'm a little sketchy myself about the Pat and Gordon years, except I recorded Billy down at Centron while Pat & Gordon were part of the band. It may have been actually later than that... I might have a track sheet from that session, though I doubt it. I'm really not sure who was what at this point... Pat, Gordon and Bryson Roberts had a band called "Cowboy X", too... I'll have to go back to the tapes and see if I have dates on any of them. I think I sent all the 4track stuff to Billy after I copied 'em off to digital, so I may not have ANY historical record at all. Memory is a poor record!