ARTIST: The Beat Farmers
TITLE: Tales of the New West
YEAR RELEASED: 1985
CHART ACTION: No
SINGLES: Bigger Stones
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Happy Boy! Happy Boy! Happy Boy!
LINEUP: Country Dick Montana, Jerry Raney, Rolle Dexter, Buddy Blue
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: San Diego bar-band makes a good rootsy bar-band album, with two great tunes from the mouth of Country Dick.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Three well-chosen covers (Springsteen, Lou Reed and a great John Stewart song) and seven decent originals would have given this record a B, a good mark for a bar band with some chops and a sense of humor on their first outing.
Then there’s California Kid.
Then there’s Happy Boy. Hubba-hubba-hubba-hubba-hubba.
Two fantastic showcases for Country Dick Montana, the basso profundo drummer who came out from behind the traps to deliver his serenades.
I can’t say enough about those songs. They enhance the record so much.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Country Dick’s real name is Daniel Monte McLain. Before forming the Beat Farmers, he led Country Dick & the Snuggle Bunnies.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, a couple. Both of them have the next EP appended to it (I’ll review it separately) and one has some demos for their next record and some live songs, including a deranged version of Mondo.
GRADE: A-: Like I said, a solid B, then add two legendary Country Dick songs.