The “college band” had a country rock vibe and a quintessential country music front man. Rooster and the 2nds came together to put our own spin on some favorite songs, try to stir up a buzz and, of course, to impress some girls. The backdrop – a conservative Bible college in a small west Tennessee town – did not permit full “creative expression” but it had a classic venue and a captive audience that needed something to do on a weekend night (see the pics below).
Rooster Pitts – lead singer and front man
Rex Barker – bass, vocals
Jim Jobe – guitar, vocals
Perry Price – drums
Tim Elliott – guitar, vocals
Bobby Colvert – steel guitar, guitar
We played an old-school stage in a small hall with great acoustics, and a basketball gym (that did not). We played several gigs on campus and another in Chattanooga. Opened for a touring act that was booked as a campus-wide event (no idea who that was).
Be sure to check out King Cov’s slide work on the “Since I Met You Baby/Heartbreak Hotel” medley and the audience response (in the "downloads" segment below).
And yes, that is a non-reverse Gibson Firebird I'm playin'. That thing sounded glorious and it engrained my taste for a certain tone that remains to this day: A P90 pickup through a cranked black-face Fender Super Reverb. If you know anything about the Rattlesnake Rodeo in south Alabama, you’d trip out to learn that I bought this guitar from J. P. Jones one summer day out of the trunk of his car. The neck was warped and Tringas Music in Pensacola had to delicately straighten it out for me (too bad it would never stay in tune). But the TONE……<insert deep sigh here> . This personal issue will become more apparent to some of the astute and careful readers of this website.
All of us moved on and out. Bobby is one of my dear friends in this life and we’ve played other music together over the years. In the 90s I'd road trip up to Nashvegas and we'd case the place out. Somehow he managed for us to meet George Jones, Byrd Burton, Larry Gatlin, Vassar Clements, Tommy Allsup, Harry Fontana (who he managed for awhile), Charlie Louvin, Roy Acuff, Tom T. Hall, Reese Wynans, and Mike Henderson (those are the ones I remember!). Cov shows up on the Sandspurs page.
Some college bands get together now and then. Don't expect any reunion shows from us.
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Recorded live at the first gig, with all the noises and pops you'd expect from a cassette player in '78. Momma Tried is the opener, and the "Since I Met You Baby/Heartbreak Hotel" number was the closer. King Cov was on steel guitar the entire gig until he picked up slide for the final number. Yes, it was an appreciative crowd, despite the non-existence of on-stage tuners back then....