THE BEAT FARMERS Manifold cd 1995 320 kbps
Memphis to Nixon / Doubts About Love / Mystery / Country Western Song / Blue Radio / Got It Bad / Whale.Oil.Beef.Hooked /Texas Heat / Good For You / White Veil / Beer ain't Drinkin' / It Could be Anything / Can't Remember / Positively 4th Street / Distant Horizon.
Produced by the Beat Farmers.
The Beat Farmers: J. Harris: vocals, guitar, percussion / R. Love: electric, acoustic, lead, rhythm and fuzz bass / C. Dick Montana: drums, vocals, percussion, pianaccord, farfisa / J. Raney: vocals, guitar, percussion.
In 1993, after four studio albums, the Beat Farmers recorded their first lp "Viking Lullabys" for Sector 2 Rds (an Austin label) , in Vancouver, Canada. The record was released in August, 1994 and the band toured in earnest once again to support the release. While working on a second album for the same label, Curb Records released a "Greatest Hits" album, again without the band's consent. The Beat Farmers' last album, "Manifold", was released on September 19, 1995, but was released two weeks earlier in San Diego to coincide with the Street Scene, an outdoor festival there. The group toured the U.S. in September and October, playing venues in Texas, the midwest, and New York City.
On November 8, 1995, Montana suffered a massive heart attack three songs into the band's set at the Long Horn in Whistler, B.C. The remaining Beat Farmers decide to dissolve the band on November 11, 1995.
Despite his risqué stage antics and bantering with his audiences, whom he often sprayed with beer, Country Dick Montana was a gentle soul who, after shows, would make his way around a club, shaking hands, signing autographs, and chatting for a few minutes with all who took the time to say hello. Since Montana's death in 1995, guitarists Joey Harris and Jerry Raney have gone on to form their own bands, continuing to some extent the roots rock tradition of the Beat Farmers. At their live shows, the group was unique for the way Montana would get out from behind his drum set to step out front and center and play guitar as well.