House Audio Engineer
1974 - 1976
( under construction, still trying to remember bands )
Originally Willie Nelson's Whisky River, the club was sold to three or four local Dallas guys of which one was Gary Miller, a sound engineer and systems designer. He upgraded the system and we became good friends, it was nice to work with someone who actually understood and appreciated good sound. This club rocked every night. Dallas Cowboys players hung out as well as other nationally known artists, movie stars, youname it. I saw Larry Hagman wearing that same blue suit he wore in the "Dallas" TV series. He left with a Whisky River t-shirt pulled over it! He might have had a couple. aul McCartney came in while rehearsing at Showco for his upcoming tour one night. The whole entourage surrounded him to their table and they left the same way. Couldn't get close. While Whisky River was the upper Greenville, upscale, trendy place - Faces was the opposite. Billy Tangredi booked and owned the club along with being a partner in Prufrock, the company that owned The Blackeyed Pea ,Dixie House, and other restaurants and clubs around town. The music was just as good, the crowds, too. This was the peak of the Progressive Country era.
I worked nearly every night !
Notable guests sitting in......
Billy Gibbons ( ZZ Top ) with the T-Birds at Faces
Mickey Raphael ( Willie's Harp player ) at Faces several times
Jerry Lee Lewis at Whisky River ( the house piano never sounded so good ).
I also worked with Cason Sound and rented their systems for some shows. George Cason taught me a lot, maybe more about what "not to do".
Cason started working with Charlie Burns who had the Merle Haggard gig, they needed a FOH guy to go on the tour so I jumped at the chance.