We bid Sandpoint, Idaho the Middle Earth Tavern a fond farewell and hit the highway for Kalispell, Montana for our first job for The Good Music agency. We were set to work there then head for Missoula, the home of GMA. It really felt like we were entering into the Wild Wild West as the highway snaked it’s way through some beautifully spectacular scenery. It was exciting and we were pumped up and ready to rock!

Well we needed every bit of our excitement when we arrived in Kalispell at the club we’d been booked in. It was aptly named The Powder Keg and it was living up to the name; the club owners car was on fire! Apparently the club owner, Troy Evans, had a misunderstanding with the previous band and the result was a blazing car! Welcome to Kalispell!

Turned out that we hit it off with Evans and The Powder Keg was a rocking club and the crowds were digging our music. Evans and GMA reached a deal where we were booked into The Powder Keg for a month.

For us it was a great deal. We secured a deal with a motel for the month and Evans let us use the club in the day when it was closed to rehearse.

It’s a real plus when you are a club band to be able to stay in one place for a bit. It gives you time to repair your equipment, cut down on the time spent traveling, and in our case, time to seriously rehearse and learn new material.

We took full advantage of all the benefits of a sit-down job and by the time we left Kalispell we were twice as tight musically and sounded as good as we’d ever sounded. Of course we’d had some fun at The Powder Keg and made some lasting memories along the way!

Next: Rockin Montana!

Rick Schultze

A few years ago at a writers conference held in the central Oregon coast town of Yachats, where I live, I listened to the late Ken Kesey, a frequent visitor to the area, tell a writer that this could be a hard place to write. “If you think you can sit there staring at the ocean for inspiration you’re wrong, it’s not out there, it’s in your head!”He was right; it is beautiful here in Lincoln County, the kind of beauty that makes concentrating on anything else tough and since hearing that insight, I’ve written at a desk facing a wall, no windows opening onto a ocean view, although I have one, but it’s worked.I’ve done, and do, different kinds of writing. As a freelance writer I’ve been a observational columnist, a humor columnist, a book and music reviewer for newspapers, magazines, and online.However, as a creative writer, my heart belongs to fiction. In that genre I do short stories, road adventure stories, musical adventure tales, and in current production, are three small novels.So really the purpose of this web site is to give you a glance of some of the things I’ve done, a preview of what’s coming, and hopefully, a view of what it’s like to be a writer living in a small town on the Oregon coast!