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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by ping-ping-clicka, Sep 28, 2020.
this mournful song makes my tears flow and my chin quiver.
I had the great pleasure of being part of their opening act at the Armadillo in 1977.
I guess there was just too much going on musically when NRPS came out for them to become really popular. Great band. I liked it best with Jerry, but he wasn't the best steel player...
Got to see my some years back at Skippers Smokehouse in Tampa. They could still throw down.
I saw the original lineup at least a dozen times. They opened for the Dead a lot.
A very memorable one:
Mid 90's, bar in Scottsdale, Az., with MLB spring training in full swing, next door to a hotel where the Padres were staying.
NRPS was John Dawson and two young guys, 3 acoustic guitars.
They were great, Dawson was Dawson. Got to talk to him a bit, is was really cool.
I was sitting at the bar and frickin Goose Gosage sat down next to me! Unbelievable! I chatted with him for almost an hour.
What a great night.
They really were Country. But main stream Country could not accept them into the mix. Long hair, songs about smoking weed. I listen to it now and it's pure Country music.
I can play and sing at least 18 of their songs, probably more, intro to ending, including both the ones posted above.
One of my absolute favorites to play is Gypsy Cowboy. That was my CB handle in the early 80's.
I've always thought Powerglide would be a great band name.
Now and then me and my long time, decades, bass player roll a few, get a 12 pack and a bottle of Jim, and do Riders night in my basement, purely for our own enjoyment.
I could go on and on about the New Riders.
Seeing them open for the Dead with 100,000 people in Giants Stadium, in a converted warehouse in New Orleans during Mardi Gras.....
For whatever reason, I latched onto the 'Panama Red' album hard, and listened to it endlessly for about a year. Looking back, that record probably informed a lot of what I know and feel about country and country-rock today.
Fan here....I have the two albums above on vinyl. Thanks for post, Ping.
Love the Last Lonely Eagle and NRPS, thanks for posting .... last time I saw them when Buddy Cage was still alive, David Nelson did a wonderful, heartfelt extended jam version, fantastic.