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Title Connections, Vol. 3, No. 2, February 1981
Contributor
  • Olinger, James K.
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date February 1981
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 5962584
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
Rights No Copyright - United States
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript 12 CONNECTIONS' THE MUSTANG BAND by Jim Olinger Although there are certainly hundreds of gay Country and Western musicians, there is still only one openly gay Country and Western band. Naturally, they are Texans - the Mustang Band from Houston. The original Mustang Band was an offshoot of the Mustang Club, a gay C&W club in Houston. Several Mustang Club members, including guitarist Tom Groves and keyboardist Larry Hodge, began playing together in 1977. Their first paying gig was one night a week at the Inside/Outside in Houston. A series of appearances at the Brazos River Bottom and the Exile followed, and then the Reno Gay Rodeo. The Mustang Band is currently playing gay clubs all over Texas. They are appearing every other Friday night at the Red River Crossing here in Austin. "We're really happy to play the Crossing," Tom Groves says. "The way our audience here in Austin is building is very nice." The band's biggest problem, according to Groves, is "We really need to have five Saturdays a week. That's the night everybody wants us." The Mustangs are also appearing regularly at Snuffy's Saloon in San Antonio and at The Saddle Club and Houston Country in Houston. The band is working full time and none of the members have outside jobs. The band embarked on a 23-state tour early in 1979. "We did local bars from coast to coast," Groves and Hodge recall. "Florida, St. Louis, Nashville, Ohio, Denver, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Reno, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Austin, and Houston. We played places ranging from the Twin Oaks, a gay dude ranch in Caliente, California, to some joint with a sign that said 'We do barbecue.' There were people fighting and shooting guns. We ran like hell." Other experiences on that tour included running out of gas on Hoover Dam and playing the rest areas of the North. "We had a camper with a poier supply, so we'd stop at rest areas, set up and try out new songs. Truckers would stop and listen. It was amazing." In July and August of 1980, the band toured the West Coast for six weeks. One stop was their second appearance at the Reno Gay Rodeo. "We played for 4500 people at a barn dance and for 9000 in the stands," Tom Groves remembers. Real People was there filming the Gay Rodeo and they taped us." That segment hasn't been aired, as of mid- 1981. However, the Mustang Band has appeared on the national cable television program What's Up, America? If you are going to Mardi Gras in New Orleans this year, be sure to catch the band at The Refuge, a new restaurant/bar in the French Quarter. Other plans for the near future include a party in Manhattan to publicize the Reno Gay Rodeo and Lone Star II - a Texas-wide motorcycle club meeting in Dallas. The Mustang Band, and its audience, is breaking down the myth of gays as high-fashion disco queens. There's some good, old-fashioned, HOT cowboys in them there hills, and the Mustang Band is bringing them out. More power to them! .'JSTANG bai:~ Robert Bodalatto (bass), Larry Hodge (keyboard), Don Barnett (leadvocals),] Joseph Siegel (fiddle), Tom Groves (guitar), and Kevin Dwyer (drums)
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