We landed in Rock & Roll heaven when we hit The Middle Earth Tavern in Sandpoint Idaho. Drinking was legal at eighteen, the town was on the shores of a beautiful lake, full of tourists, and they all wanted to party, so we were happy to oblige!
Imagine being in a band that could play loud, party with the crowd, and make new friends every night in a beautiful place. Life was good, no, take that back, it was great!
And not only was the Rock & Roll life what we’d dreamed it would be,but it kept getting better. We’d become more professorial, taken band pictures for our promotional kit, hired a roadie and were learning to be a road band which was a good thing, because the next thing we knew we’d been hired by The Good Music Agency from Missoula Montana, and as our stay in Sandpoint came to an end, we were headed to Missoula for the next chapter in our young Rock & Roll lives.
As musicians we’d all gotten better thanks to full time playing and had gotten better at living on the road. We’d learned the tricks of the trade.
Work hard, party hard, and try to get proper rest and eat well. We also learned the immense value of the women and men we’d met along the way. In short without them life wouldn’t have been so good, healthy, and worth living.
They showed us the power of love and being great human beings. They keep us moving ahead and grateful for living. It’s a fine balance between acceptance and rejection when you’re young, long haired, and loud while invading neighborhoods.
You have to have enough common sense and discipline to do as Kenny Rogers sang “know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em”. Those folks helped us learn that much and more. Believe me it helped.
Next: The wild skies of Montana.