2 The Star/ Jan 6, 1984
The Mustang Band Plans to Fill the Dance Floor at Snuffy's
By Billie Duncan
They're known as the pickers who pluck to
please the kickers. They can fill a dance
floor faster than a cowboy can empty a
They are the Mustang Band, and they
play this weekend at Snuffy's in San Antonio.
Home for the band is in Houston where
they are the house band for the Brazos
River Bottom. As such, they have played
backup for many guests. On New Year's
Eve they formed the musical spine for the
singing of Grand Ole Opry star, David
Houston (remember "Almost Persuaded"
and his duet with Tammy Wynette, "My
When David and his manager, Tillman
Franks (another name from the Opry)
were leaving the club, they told the band
that they were the best backup band they
had ever had.
That opinion is shared by many. However, they are more than a backup for itin-
rant country singers. The Mustang Band
is a name in and of itself.
About three years ago, the band was
simply known as a "local" band, a title
that somehow has the connotation that if
they really were good, they wold not be
Leader Tom Groves decided to put the
band to the test and took them on a
national tour. It was a national tour with a
difference. "The bars we played,"
explained Tom, "were 99 and 44/100 percent gay."
Besides Tom Groves, who plays guitar,
the band consists of Terry LaMont on lead
guitar, Russell Lewandowski on keyboards, Robert Badolato on bass and the
incredible Robin LeNorman on drums.
Robin may be in the background as far
as seating on the stage, but his gutsy
drumming is a decided plus for the entire
sound of the band. He is at home in rock as
he is in country and he has a great versitil-
ity when it comes to playing songs in different styles than the original recording.
Besides all that, he is fun to look at.
Actually, the whole band is quite attractive. Maybe being good-looking is not a
prerequisite for being a good musician, but
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Tom Groves of the Mustang Band plans to pluck for dancing feet at Snuffy's in San Antonio this weereend
it certainly is nice to have something pleasant to look at while you are listening to
the music they put out.
If there is one fault ofthe band, it is that
they do not include the audience much in
their show. Not that they really need to.
Face it, most people who go out to a country western bar are out for just one thing.
Okay, maybe two things, three if you
include drinking. But dancing is way up
on the list. And the Mustang Band can
play to please most dancing feet.
Included in their repertoire are polkas,
waltzes, two-steps and the all-powerful
Cotton-Eyed Joe. They can even get down
on some real down-home blues.
San Antonio, get out those boots and
hats and mosey on down to Snuffy's. The
Mustang Band is ready to get you on the
country western dance floor.
The Mustang Band discovered there
was a large world of gay country western
fans out there, and the rest of the country
discovered the Mustang Band.
Some of the cities they played were
Oklahoma City , Tulsa, Fort Smith, Little
Rock, Atlanta, Mobile, New Orleans and
In Nashville, where Tom had managed
to get a one-night-stand for the band, they
went over so well that they were held over
for three more nights.
"One of the funniest bars," said Tom.
"was in Mobile. They only had room for80
people, so the people had to form a line to
They also toured the west coast, hitting
Phoenix, Los Angeles, the Gay Rodeo in
Reno and the Sands Casino. How about
At the Reno Gay Rodeo, they were such
a smash that they have been invited back
Their drummer on that first tour was
none other than Ron Weaver, who went on
to be the owner of guess which bar in San
Antonio? That's right. Snuffy's!
Ron still sits in with the band when they
make their visits to San Antonio and sings
at least a song or two. He was the original
drummer with the band.
Now, once again, the Mustang Band is
in the process of evaluating their future.
"We'll probably do another tour, but not
until next summmer," said Tom.
Austin Women Artists Hold
Exhibition in Dallas
Women and Their Work, Inc., a multi-
disciplinary arts organization based in
Austin, will hold an exhibition of paintings and photography in two separate
shows during January in Dallas.
A n D: Austin Women ArtiBts in Dallas,
an exhibition selected by Laura Carpenter
of the Delahunty Gallery, will be on display at 2917 Swiss Ave. from Jan. 5-17 in
the D-Art Visual Arts Center. It will open
with a reception on Thursday, Jan. 5, from
5:30-8 p.m. Included are works by Santa
Barraza, Ann Chamberlin, Janet Engle
Kastner, Carol Ivey, Carol Rabel, Claudia
Reese, Vicki Teague-Cooper, Susan Wallace, Ellen Wallenstein, Laurie Weller and
The Ties That Bind: Photographers Portray the Family, is the second exhibit in
the Bath House Cultural Center on White
Rock Lake from Jan. 5-31. Photographic
works by Gay Block, Keith Carter, Ron
Evans, Suzanne Paul, Alan Pogue, Bar-
bra Riley, Janice Rubin and Wendy
Watriss are featured.
There will be an opening reception on
Saturday, Jan. 7, from 6-8 p.m.