It felt like a bomb exploded. Nate Jackson and is boss Keith Coker showed up at Duffys and told us they had a plan and wanted to sign us to a new label they were starting. Warner Brothers was still the main record company but the new label was a custom label with just one band on it and it was going to be us! Wow, like I say it felt like a explosion in our life. We were stunned and really elated. Now we knew that life was going to change big time.

The plan sounded like a good one. It was something new for us. We’d never really had a plan. We had no management, just ourselves, we did have an agency GMA, but they were just agents, they had their own bands they managed. So we were free agents so to speak. But Coker and Jackson had the label and wanted to manage us. That way they could control everything with the label and manage everything we did for them. They were putting their necks out there with Warner Brothers and they wanted to make sure we stuck with the game plan and produced product for them.

We put our heads together and agreed this was the best thing to do. We were lucky, it was a chance in a million. There were hundreds of bands out there but really only a few of them ever got a real offer from a real record label to sign. And to do it right a band needed good management to survive in the business of being a successful band. It was a tough business and Jackson and Coker were living proof that with the right things in the right place at the right time success could happen. Weighing that plus the opportunity that we had; we signed!

Next: The ride begins.


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!

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