Country Dick Montana was a musician who was probably best known as the founder, drummer and sometimes vocalist of the Beat Farmers. He was also in the short-lived trio the Pleasure Barons with Mojo Nixon and Dave Alvin. Anyone who ever witnessed the onstage antics of Beat Farmers drummer-singer-madman Country Dick Montana will likely never forget them. Rising up from behind his kit, bottle in hand, the 6-foot-3-inch mountain of a man with a booming basso profundo voice hurtled himself into each song, sometimes hurtling offstage in the process. In 1995 Montana suffered a heart attack and died while playing "The Girl I Almost Married" during a Beat Farmers show at the Longhorn Saloon in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. The band disbanded shortly thereafter.
Yet two months prior to his death, Country Dick had just put the finishing touches on his first solo album. The Devil Lied to Me was posthumously released in 1996 and it's a shame Dick passed away because it was a four star album. Guest performers included Katy Moffatt, Rosie Flores, Mojo Nixon, and Dave Alvin. Some selections include Dave Alvin's Rich Man's Town, Paul Kamanski's Indigo Rider, a cover of Tom Petty's Listen to Her Heart, and the originals King of the Hobos, as well as a tribute to amateur rappers entitled Bum Rap. I thought I should tie something in with the Olympics that I have been busy watching and this album seemed fitting to me since he passed away doing what he loved in Whistler. RIP Country Dick, Gold medalist in beer drinkin' and hellraisin' and all around awesomeness.
Suddenly There's A Valley