Our first stop playing on the GMA circuit after Missoula was The Red Barn in Great Falls, Montana. The Barn, as it was affectionately called was a big wide open club, It was a great place to play and the owners were easy to work with.
Great Falls also had many enthusiastic rock and roll fans who showed up nightly. There was also an Air Force base there so in addition to the locals there were rockers from all parts of the country. There were three more rock bars in Great Falls but The Barn was the hot one and we rose to the occasion and really got down to business learning several new songs and fine tuning our other songs we played nightly.
Great Falls was also a turning point for the band. Magically we all grew tighter musically and more importantly we got more together as people who got along. No more arguments over song choices, motel choices or rehearsals. For road bands those seemingly small things are very important. A small problem can become a big deal when you are miles from home and living and playing together 24 hours a day! If you can’t get along, it’s all over and can kill a band, but we were all working with one another.
The folks we met in Great Falls were wonderful. The showered us with welcoming events like BBQ’s, sight seeing trips, and other thing that made us feel at home. That in addition having a blast playing there made us wish we could stay there for a long time but after our time was up we reluctantly hit the highway for our next stop, The Molly Brown Tavern in Bozeman, Montana.
Next: Bozeman here we come!