The Beat Farmers. What else can be said about San Diego home grown music? When I first came to California in 1997 the Beat Farmers were a household name for anyone with an interest in roots music. With drummer and singer Country Dick Montana's passing in 1995 the group dissolved with members moving into different bands. There's a long legacy there that can't be ignored, which brings us to the 7th Annual Beat Farmers Hootenanny. On January 7, 2017 (my birthday, coincidentally) the Hootenanny was hosted at another San Diego icon- the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach. It's a reunion show with various members sharing the stage in tribute.
Up first was Joey Harris and the Mentals (Joey Harris- Beat Farmers alumni, Joel Kmak- drums and Jefrey Kmak- bass).
Up next was personally, one of my favorite bands over the years, The Paladins. I first got to California as a fresh faced Marine assigned to 1st Marine Division on June 6, 1997. On June 14th I was at the Southern Comfort Rocks the Blues tour in the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego. Scottie Blinn's Mississippi Mudsharks opened with The Paladins, Buddy Guy, and, George Clinton & the P-Funk All Stars headlining. What an introduction to southern California. The Paladins never disappoint and Dave Gonzalez lead the Pals through a standard set of fan favorites. Expect a new album from them this year on Lux Records.
The Farmers took the stage around 10:15PM to standing room only packed house. Jerry Raney lead the first part of the show with Joey Harris on second guitar and Rolle Love on bass with Joel Kmak (who also opened with Joey Harris) on drums. Later- numerous folks graced the stage, including; Nathan Raney, Corbin Turner, Pat McClain, Jesse McClain and Chris Sullivan. Get out and see any of the bands live and support local music!
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