"Country Gazette" - 1990
Now Alan Munde reformed the group with young unknown musicians. Dawn Watson on mandolin and vocals, Chris Vandertuin on guitar and vocals and Steve Garner on bass and vocals.
The new Country Gazette members began working together in September 1989, and there is a freshness in their music as well as a continuation of the classic Country Gazette sound.
Dawn, Chris and Steve are all former students of the bluegrass program at "South Plains College" in Levelland, Texas, where Alan has taught full-time since 1986.
Spring and summer 1990 they went into the studio and recorded a new
Country Gazette album "Keep On Pushing" with the help of ex-members Gene Wooten on dobro and Joe Carr on fiddle and mandolin.
After nearly twenty years they recorded the Gene Clark song again. But also Bluegrass standards and Woody Guthries "Pretty Boy Floyd" (a song "The Byrds" recorded too), Dave Loggins "We've got a good fire going", "Forgive And Forget" which was written by Jim Lauderdale and a Bob Wills number "Get up there and dance".
The liner notes were written by Tony Trischka.
|ALAN MUNDE & COUNTRY GAZETTE: Keep On Pushing|
- ALAN MUNDE & COUNTRY GAZETTE: Keep on pushing (Flying Fish 70561)|
Produced by Ed Marsh, Alan Munde & Country Gazette
with Alan Munde, Chris Vandertuin, Dawn Watson & Steve Garner
guests Gene Wooten & Joe Carr
Tracks: Rosa Lee McFall/Forgive and forget/Get up there and dance (Bob Wills' stomp)/Lovely, lovely world/Anywhere the wind blow
Alan said in an interview:
Alan Munde helped develop a unique "pops" program that Country Gazette performed with ten different symphony orchestras. The program, featuring 12 Country Gazette songs arranged and scored for full orchestra, has been enthusiastically received by symphony and bluegrass fans alike.
1994 Roland White released his second solo album "Trying to get to you" on the Sugar Hill label. Gene Wooten played dobro on that album.
|ROLAND WHITE: Trying To Get To You|
- ROLAND WHITE: Trying to get to you (Ridge Runner 0010)|
Produced by Butch Baldassare
with Roland White, Gene Wooten, Richard Bailey, Jr., Stuart Duncan, Pat Enright, David Grier, Gene Libbea & Alan O'Bryant
Tracks: Trying to get to you/The wall around my heart/Lucky break/Toy heart/Crazy blues/Gaiete Acadienne
1995 Joe Carr and Alan Munde released on Flying Fish records the album "Windy days and Dusty Skies". Guest on that album are ex-Country Gazette members: Roland White, Billy Joe Foster, Steve Garner and Chris Vandertuin. The album includes traditional, Texas style and original music. It was produced by Joe and Alan in Lubbock/Texas. Guests on that album were Roland White, David Grier, Laurie Lewis, Tim "Texas Shorty" Chancellor and others.
|JOE CARR and ALAN MUNDE: Windy Days And Dusty Skies|
- JOE CARR and ALAN MUNDE: Windy days and dusty skies (Flying Fish 70644)
Produced by Alan Munde & Joe Carr
with Alan Munde & Joe Carr
guests Roland White, Billy Joe Foster, Marshall Wilborn, Lynn Morris, Ed Marsh, Jim "Texas Shorty" Chancellor, Leigh Taylor, Gerald Jones, Beppe Gambetta, Kathy Chiovola, Steve Garner
David Grier, Randy Howard, Laurie Lewis & Chris Vandertuin
Tracks: Jordan am a hard road to travel/Little Tumbleweed/Two different worlds/Forked Deer/Blue skies, blue water
Munde & Carr
"Down The Road"
Here is some info from their (now closed) web-page:
1999 the San Diego Bluegrass Club released a live compilation CD with the title "Live at the Carlton Oaks" which includes 3 songs performed by "Down The Road": White house blues, Don't let your deal go down & Shenandoah breakdown.
These songs were recorded in February 1999 at the "Carlton Oaks Country Club" in Santee, California.
1998 Joe Carr and Alan Munde released another album together "Welcome to West Texas" on Flying Fish. For this album they recorded five Joe Carr and two Alan Munde originals and songs from Bill Monroe, Ed Marsh ... . Guests are ex-Country Gazette members Billy Joe Foster on fiddle, Steve Garner & Chris Vandertuin.
|ALAN MUNDE & JOE CARR: Welcome To West Texas|
- ALAN MUNDE & JOE CARR: Welcome to West Texas (Flying Fish 669)|
with Alan Munde & Joe Carr
guests Billy Joe Foster, David Grier, Ed Marsh, Gene Libbea, Rusty Hudelson, Tania Moody, Chris Vandertuin, Steve Garner, Bubby Ray Bodart, Melissa Jones, Jayson Jones
Tracks: Oklahoma flats/Yellow rose/Used to be/Keep a light on in the window/Windflower moon/Jenny's desire/San Jacinto farewell
In October 2000 Country Gazette did a reunion show in Guthrie, Oklahoma with Alan Munde, Roland White, Byron Berline, Roger Bush, Joe Carr & Billy Joe Foster. Gene Wooten & Bill Bryson were at the festival too!
"Country Gazette" - Reunion 2000
Byron Berline released a lot of CD's since he left Country Gazette but a very "Country Gazette" related album is the "Clark / Parsons tribute album" released 2001 on his "Double Stop" label. For this album he recorded with "The Byron Berline Band" (Byron Berline, Jim Fish, John Hickman, Richard Sharp & Steve Short) six Gram Parsons songs and six Gene Clark songs! Guests on that album are Chris Hillman (ex- "Byrds" and ex- "Flying Burrito Brothers"), Vince Gill (played with Byron in his "Sundance" band), Jay Dee Maness, Al Perkins (played with Byron in the "Flying Burrito Brothers" 1971 on the "Last of the red hot Burritos" album with other members of "Country Gazette") and others.
|BYRON BERLINE BAND: Clark / Parsons Tribute Album|
- BYRON BELRINE BAND: Clark / Parsons tribute album (DS 001)
Produced by The Byron Berline Band
with Byron Berline, Jim Fish, John Hickman, Richard Sharp & Steve Short
guests: Chris Hillman, Vince Gill, Al Perkins, Jay Dee Maness, Katrina Elam, Bo Graham, Barry Patton & Stephanie Short
Tracks: With care from someone/Wheels/Sin city/Train leaves here this morning/Hickory wind/Full circle/Home Run King
Gabe Witcher/Roland White/Herb Pedersen/Bill Bryson
The Scottsville Squirrel Barkers - 2003
"The Scottsville Squirrel Barkers" with Kenny Wertz (an original Country Gazette member) did a few shows end of April 2003 in California.
The original "Scottsville Squirrel Barkers" were Kenny Wertz, Chris Hillman, Larry Murray, Ed Douglas and Gary Carr.
The Scottsville Squirrel Barkers - 2003
2003 Alan Munde has released two banjo CD's.
The first one is a banjo solo CD recorded in spring 2003 with the title "Solo Banjo (Just Banjo, All Banjo, Nothing But Banjo)". For this CD Alan recorded own, traditionals and songs written by Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs and Ravel.:
|ALAN MUNDE: Solo banjo|
- ALAN MUNDE: Solo banjo|
Produced by Alan Munde, Joe Carr & Paula Carr
with Alan Munde
Tracks: Old Joe Clark/Fred's Frolic/Red wing/Old spinning wheel, Old grey Bonnet, Seeing Nellie home/Liza Jane
The second Alan Munde CD is an album with Wayne Shrubsall. A collection of twenty traditional tunes arranged for two banjos - Bluegrass & Clawhammer Banjo duets - finally, a banjo album that is easy to listen to. Title of the CD is "Old Friends":
|ALAN MUNDE & WAYNE SHRUBSALL: Old friends|
- ALAN MUNDE & WAYNE SHRUBSALL: Old friends (Camp Bluegrass Productions)
with Alan Munde & Wayne Shrubsall
Tracks: Home sweet home/Down yonder/Angeline the baker/Dixie hoedown/Liberty!/Poor Richard's blues/Blackberry blossom
Alan Munde has formed a new band "The Alan Munde Gazette" with Glenn Mitchell on mandolin, Phill Elliott on guitar, Bill Honker on bass and Alan Munde on banjo). They have a web-page at www.alanmundegazette.com.
The Alan Munde Gazette
THE ALAN MUNDE GAZETTE
The Alan Munde Gazette has released a brand new CD 2004. Phil Elliott and Bill Honker are the lead vocalists on that 14 track CD (including 3 instrumental tracks). Songs included on that CD are "Hamilton County Breakdown" which was recorced on the "Pickin' and fiddlin'quot; album by the Dillards feat. Byron Berline", "Never ending song of love" which was recorded on the Country Gazette "LIVE" album nearly 30 years ago, "Home again" which was written by bassist and lead singer Bill Honker, Bob Dylan's "Don't think twice" etc ... .
You can order that CD direct from the Alan Munde Gazette web-page.
|ALAN MUNDE GAZETTE: Alan Munde Gazette|
- ALAN MUNDE GAZETTE: Alan Munde Gazette (Munde's Child Record MCR001)
Produced by Denny Allen and The Alan Munde Gazette
with Alan Munde, Bill Honker, Glenn Mitchell & Phill Elliott
special guest: Jim "Texas Shorty" Chancellor
Tracks: This morning at nine / Don't think twice / Hamilton county breakdown / My Kentucky dream
For more information and schedule visit their web-page: http://www.117westbluegrass.com/.
Early 2005 the Alan Munde Gazette went into the studio to record two instrumental tunes ("Cotton Patch Rag" and "Powder Creek") for Geoff Stelling's upcoming banjo CD. COUNTRY GAZETTE album Dave Ferguson guested on fiddle!
Broder / Wertz / Green / Weiss
The acoustic band is performing bluegrass, jam-grass, alt-country, country and any roots related music. The core group consists of 4 instrumentalists on banjo, guitar, mandolin and bass. They have 3 soloists with great harmonies.
They perform songs like:
For booking and any questions contact their manager Annette AuBuchon.
Kenny Wertz's band "117 West" released a new CD 2006. It contains the Gene Clark/Bernie Leadon song "Train Leaves here This Morning" and "With Care From Someone" written by Gene Clark, Bernie Leadon and Doug Dillard.
|117 WEST: Neon Streets|
- 117 WEST: Neon Streets
Produced by Dennis Caplinger
with Kenny Wertz, Dan Broder, Becky Green & Darren Weiss
guests: Rachel Larsen & Dennis Caplinger
Tracks: I Can See Clearly Now / Gentle On My Mind / Hard Hearted / Look Down that Lonesome Road / Homeward Bound
You can order this CD from their web-page: 117 West.
Change in the line-up of the Alan Munde Gazette 2006. Here's a letter from Alan Munde:
"We are pleased to announce the addition of 2 new members to the Gazette:
Steve Smith and Nate Lee have joined Alan Munde, Phill Elliott, and Bill Honker in the band. Yes, we're now a 5-piece band, and no longer an all-Texas band, as Steve lives in Las Cruces, NM!
The Alan Munde Gazette
Nineteen-year-old Nate Lee brings a youthful energy to the "old souls" of the band. Like Steve, Nate was born in Virginia, but moved to Texas when he was four years old. Growing up in a musical family in Ovilla, Texas (Nate's father is banjo maker Chuck Lee), Nate started playing fiddle at the age of ten. He took lessons from Valerie O'Brien and gained valuable experience in Texas Old-Time Contest fiddling. Nate is currently a student at South Plains College, in Levelland, Texas, where Alan teaches. He cites his influences as Terry Morris, Jim "Texas Shorty" Chancellor, Sam Bush, Byron Berline, and Casey Driessen. Nate plays fiddle and sings harmony vocals with the Gazette."
Some more news from the Alan Munde Gazette July 2007: Elliott Rogers has joined the band on guitar and vocals.
Elliott is a fine singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Albuquerque whom many of you probably know from his work with his own band, Elliott's Ramblers.
Alan Munde released a new CD with unreleased recordings - "Old Bones" - Order here.
Alan: "Over my many years in the studio, several songs and instrumentals recorded never made it to vinyl (the format in those days) for various reasons never because the recorded efforts were not worthy of release, but because of career timing, personnel change, finances, and such. I have gathered these fine and varied performances together offer them in this CD package. Features David Grier, Gene Wooten, Joe Carr, Roland White, Mike Compton, Marshall Wilborn and many other talented musicians."
|ALAN MUNDE: Old Bones|
- ALAN MUNDE: Old Bones|
with David Grier, Gene Wooten, Joe Carr, Roland White, Mike Compton, Marshall Wilborn etc ...
Tracks: Stompin' in the Flatlands / Darling, Pal of Mine / Arriba Francie / Blue Days, Black Nights / Cindy
New Alan Munde Gazette CD "Made to Last" out now. It's full of original material, including four of Elliott Rogers' fine tunes, two by Bill Honker, and two new instrumentals by Alan. It also features songs written by Gene Mills and Mary Gibbons which have not been previously recorded. One of the originals by Bill is "Above the Waterline", which he wrote about post-Katrina New Orleans, and which is especially relevant in the wake of Gustav and Ike. The CD also spotlights the Oklahoma roots of Alan and Bill, with Alan's "The Run of '89" and Bill's "Made to Last", which was inspired by Picher, OK. Steve Smith leads a rousing version of "John Hardy" and Bill Monroe's "Brown County Breakdown" rounds out the project.
|ALAN MUNDE GAZETTE: Made To Last|
- ALAN MUNDE GAZETTE: Made To Last ()
with Alan Munde, Bill Honker, Steve Smith, Elliott Rogers & Nate Lee
Tracks: Wave goodbye / Fool's gold / Traditional family breakdown / Made to last / Little teardrops / Brown county breakdown
Order new Alan Munde Gazette CD "Made To Last" from CD Baby.
In April 22-30 2011, Alan Munde and Adam Granger recorded a live CD at "The High Noon Saloon" in Madison, Wisconsin and at the "Armatage Hall" in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
This CD titled "Dapple Patti" was released on "Jeep Records".
|ALAN MUNDE & ADAM GRANGER: Dapple Patti|
- ALAN MUNDE & ADAM GRANGER: Dapple Patti (Jeep Records)|
Tracks: Sleepy-eyed John / Traditional family breakdown / Coyote hangin' on a barbed wire fence / Dapple Patti
Alan Munde has retired from Banjo College in Texas.
He still plays in "Alan Munde Gazette", "Two High String Band" and in "Ranch Road 12" (with Elliot and Jeanice Rogers).
Billy Joe Foster member of "Country Gazette" in the 80s passed away on 23. February 2013
2014 Alan Munde and Billy Bright recorded a CD together.
Here is some info from Alan:
Billy Bright, a great friend and wonderful musician, lives very near by, and for several years we have been making music together in various formats (see Two High String Band - Hot Texas Burrito). Here we are playing in a duo format - just banjo and mandolin (I grew up musically on the sound of Doug Dillard's banjo and Dean Webb's mandolin in the Dillards - always loved that sound). We have put our heads together and come up with the 13 pieces recorded on Bright Munde - 10 original, 2 traditional, and 1 Bill Monroe number. It was a real creative boost for me to work with Billy. What was way cool is that he made my few original numbers make sense and really come to life. Hope you enjoy the banjo and mandolin music we made.
|ALAN MUNDE & BILLY BRIGHT: Bright Munde|
- ALAN MUNDE & BILLY BRIGHT: Bright Munde (Munde's Child Records MCR 004)|
Tracks: Geezer Ride / G / Sad Eyes / Old Yellow Rocking Chair / Like Sonny / Tumblin' / Methodist Preacher / Jaybird
Byron Berline died at the age of 77, July 10th 2021!