The record Representative, Nate Jackson, from Warner Brothers Records arrived and introduced himself to all of us at Duffys to get the audition started. He’d checked in to a hotel downtown and after auditioning us was flying back to Los Angeles in the morning. It was much different dealing with Jackson than with club owners who were just looking for bands to fill their clubs, sell lots of drinks and maybe make some money for them. Record companies were looking for bands that would sell records and make money for them. It was a very competitive business but we felt ready to compete.

Being a Friday night Duffys was full and shortly after we started the joint was rocking. Jackson was taking it all in and from his demeanor we could tell he was into it. After the first set he asked us to do our originals. Warner Brothers didn’t want cover songs they wanted new catchy songs they could sell. After our original set Jackson called us together and told us that he was going to set up some time at a local studio for us to do a 6 song demo tape he was going to play for his boss. This is where having a month stay at Duffys was really going to pay off. We had time to record and not have to move to another club in the middle of it all.

So after we got it set up with Jackson he bid us farewell, called a cab and headed out to fly back to LA in the morning. “I’ll call you with the details Monday. You guys sounded good!”

Next: The Studio.


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!