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10 Jun 2017

Country Weather “Country Weather” 1969-71 San Franjisco Psych Rock



Country Weather at the Barn, 1969

Country Weather, It's a Beautiful Day, Big Mama Thornton ,Avalon Ballroom (San Francisco, CA) Feb 14, 1969 Artist R. Crumb,Gilbert Shelton.

Country Weather. Left to right Bill Baron, drums; Steve Derr, vocals & rhythm guitar; Dave Carter, vocals & bass; Greg Douglass, guitar and vocals.



November 14-15, 1969 The Old Fillmore, San Francisco Country WeatherSanpakuFloating Bridge










Ten Years After, Spirit and Country Weather at Fillmore West, March 1969



Country Weather “Country Weather” 1969-71 San Franjisco Psych Rock
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Country Weather was a good example of the depth of music from many lesser/unknown bands around the Bay Area in the late 60's/early 70's. The band--Bill Barron-drums, Dave Carter-bass/vocals, Steve Derr-rhythm guitar/vocals, and Greg Douglass-lead guitar/vocals (who also later played with Steve Miller among others)--opened for many well known bands like Quicksilver Messenger Service, Country Joe & The Fish, Joe Cocker, Jeff Beck/Rod Stewart, B.B. King, Spirit, Ten Years After, and many others of the period. Originally called The Virtues, after an "herb" smoking session the band came up with their new name. Bill Graham (among others) heard and liked the band and booked them at the Fillmore, Winterland, and other venues. But because of the depth of so many good bands in the area, the band never made it to the "big time".

This album includes the band's very rare, one-sided five song album from 1969, designed to (hopefully) get the band more gigs and more radio play in the Bay Area. Only 50 copies were pressed, making it a sought after example of the Bay area music scene during it's hey-day. Also here are five live tracks from 1970, four studio tracks from 1971, and one track ("There I've Known") with no information--no one seems to remember much about it.

The band's sound sometimes reminds me of Moby Grape, especially the vocals and the arrangements. Are they the equal of The Grape? No, so don't think that's what you're getting here. But there's an appealing feel to the band's sound, especially if you're a fan/collector (like me) of that period of Bay area music. Every track is certainly of it's time-especially the live tracks. The band sounds tighter (and for my money better) on the studio tracks (again the Moby Grape sound), where the guitars weave in and out, the tough drumming and two and three part vocals give the songs some life, as opposed to the live stuff where they tend to get a bit unfocused at times. But saying that, the live songs are good examples of live music of the period.

The first four tracks are from 1971 and will tell you a lot about the band's sound. "Over And Over" and "Out On The Trail" are good examples. Tracks five through nine are the rare 1969 album and are some of the better tracks here. Listen to "New York City Blues", a period blues with some stinging guitar from Douglass (sounding like Barrie Melton) and vocals reminiscent of Country Joe McDonald. And "Carry A Spare" is a a tough guitar based tune--listen to Douglass in front of a tough rhythm section. "Black Mountain Rag", at just under 1 1/2 minutes shows another side to the band, and gets a workout in the live (7 minutes) version. But pay attention to "Why Time Is Leaving Me Behind", with the (supposed to be there) pause in the music for what sounds like the sounds made by the run-off grooves on an LP, and then the music picks up again. Hmmm. It was a strange era.

The live tracks have surprisingly good sound--slightly flat--but very acceptable--sounding like other live tracks from the era. Live the band sounds like Moby Grape on the shorter tunes and in parts of the longer songs, but the lengthy songs sometimes become unfocused. The 15 minute "Wake Me Shake Me" (made popular by Blues Project) comes complete with a fuzzed out bass solo and a drum solo--it was the late 60's/early 70's after all. Likewise "Fly To New York", is another example of live music from the period--both good and (depending on your tastes) bad. "Black Mountain Rag" at 7 minutes is very lively and gives the band a chance to stretch out on this cool little tune.

If you're a fan of late 60's/early 70's Bay Area rock you should probably check this out. Is this a "long lost classic"? Maybe not. But it does bring back that whole period when there were so many well and lesser known bands playing good music all over the Bay Area--and Country Weather was one of them. I've always wondered what happened to bands like Country Weather, Sun Bear, Dry Creek Road, and a few others I remember from those long ago times in the Bay Area when I was in college. Listening to this set brings back good memories of that time, and when you include several of the better tracks included here this is worth adding to your collection of bands from the period from the S.F. area. And maybe that's enough.

The disc snaps inside a tri-fold cardboard holder. Inside there's a very short essay on the band and a couple of period photos of the band, plus there's track information. The sound has been digitally mastered and is pretty clean and open--less so on the live tracks. This was also issued on a European label on vinyl some time back with a cover painting of a "typical" country scene.....ByStuart Jefferson.................

"And where did they come from?" I cite myself, but this is the first thing that came to my mind when I found this Country Weather CD in my hands: Certainly, as far as one can make a local mind, a band that in its short musical life has released a single A disc, engraved on a facade and with five tracks, in print of 50 copies does not remain imprinted in the mind. But then read the notes on the diskette, this name reminds me of something! Take Your Lovely Box Of The Rhino Love Is The Song We Sing, San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970, and Tac, etc., CD 2, song 17, Country Weather - Fly To New York! According to some of the best secrets of the San Francisco psychedelic of those years, according to others, a footprint on the beach, which left no marks.
In the meantime, you start listening: the CD compiler and the notes extender Mike Somavilla, who assembled these tracks, followed a non-chronological course, leaving the end with four tracks recorded in 1971 at The Church in San Anselmo, CA, Sound quality not good but good, and content, interesting, though it may not fully justify the interest created around this project, Over And Over, a delightful country-rock vaguely Bydsiano last time, beautiful voices and harmonies by Dave Carter Greg Douglass (yet, cock, ops, even this name tells me, will not be the Steve Miller Band guitarist? Yes, it's him!), The typical sound of the era, Boy Without A Home, which is definitely more rock Sound approaches Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver, Country Joe, Creedence even with the Douglass guitar that begins to travel, and even more on Out On The Trail, with almost stone gods and the beautiful choral ballad N use slides that respond to the name of Yes That's Right. In short, nothing to lose our heads, a group as there were a thousand in the Bay Area in those years. Back in 1969, Bill Graham calls them to open Fillmore West and Winterland Ballroom for Big Brother, Quicksilver, Spirit, Country Joe, so the band has this promo of 5 songs to send to Radio: Why Time Is Leaving Me Behind is pure acid psychedelic rock, soft but interesting and "strange" at some point seems finished, with the pin that bounces on the last leg, but then starts again, New York City Blues is a blues Acid worthy of the best things in Country Joe or the Big Brother, with Douglass guitar in the foreground https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07PpMDhqY5o, Carry A Spare remembers a lot of Jefferson Airplane traction Kaukonen, always Acid-rock, Fly To New York, their most famous piece, combines California's sound with the first Pink Floyd, the most experimental ones with remarkable results, Black Mountain Rag is a small instrumental piece designed to be expanded in their Or live performances.
The tenth track There I've Known is the only unpublished of this album, remembers New Riders Country-rock, Grateful Dead, Manassas. (The only one not included in the double vinyl released for the Swiss RD Records in 2005, with two more live tracks !!). At this point comes the most interesting part, five live songs recorded between 31 July and 1 August at the Walnut Creek Civic Center, in the suburbs of San Francisco, where the band came from: there are forty minutes that show why the band Was considered among the best of the time, I Do not Know, a country-rock-boogie-boogie song with Dave Carter's bass and Bill Baron's drunken drum kit supporting the evolution of Greg Douglass's guitar, Beautiful vocal harmonies and a lot of grit, (Pakistan) Ring Around The Moon, nothing to do with Eastern music, the best recorded song of the album, allows us to still enjoy the healthy rock, then extrinsized in the longest, about 15 minutes, Wake Me Shake Me, a song that had nothing to envy in the blueprint of the blues project, the powerful rock-blues between Cream, Canned Heat and Jefferson Airplane, plus a bass guitar pulls the other, does not miss q Dave Carter's bass, even fuzzy bass, which has nothing to envy to Jack Bruce or Larry Taylor, you just have to raise the volume to enjoy it all the way to the inevitable Baron drum solo, rather than "stoner rock" That would arrive in the '90s is stoned rock, but the guys played. This was the end of the concert, but it was two different nights, for the strange sequence of the pieces we still find a very long version of Fly To New York, worthy of Happy Trails and the instrumental Black Mountain Rag, both with a great Greg Douglass on the guitar . A beautiful (re) discovery!.........by........Bruno Conti.................

Back in the days of Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe & The Fish and the great bands from the San Francisco Sound, a band called Country Weather was a shaker on the scene and played with all the hip bands at the Fillmore, including Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Joe Cocker, Muddy Waters and many more.

They recorded an album of 9 tunes that never found its way to vinyl. More than 40 years later, this incredible album comes to light along with 6 bonus tracks. ............

 Country Weather is an American psychedelic rock band that were closely associated with the San Francisco music scene of the late 1960s. 

Originally named The Virtues, the band was formed in the San Francisco suburb of Walnut Creek, California, by high school students Dave Carter (vocals, bass),Denny Rogan (lead guitar) and Steve Derr (vocals, rhythm guitar) in 1966. They were initially joined by Paul White and Craig T. Nelson, who were soon replaced by Greg Douglass (lead guitar) and Bill Baron (drums)
In 1967, the band changed their name to Country Weather, at the suggestion of San Francisco music promoter Chet Helms. Chet also suggested that the band stop playing cover versions and concentrate on writing their own original material.[2] Soon after, they began opening for various psychedelic bands at key counter-culture venues in San Francisco, including the Avalon Ballroom, the Fillmore Auditorium, and Winterland.

Although Country Weather never signed to a major record label or released any singles or albums during their 1960s heyday, they did record a five song promotional demo in 1969 to help them get gigs. 50 copies of this demo record were produced (making it a much sought-after rarity among collectors) and it received considerable airplay on local radio stations.

Country Weather disbanded in 1973 when Greg Douglass left the band to join Mistress. Later he joined the Steve Miller Band and has also played as a sideman to established artists, including Van Morrison. Dave Carter went on to play with Quicksilver Messenger Service and also played with former Moby Grape member, Skip Spence.

The group reformed in 2000, for a benefit show to help raise funds for a liver transplant for a friend of the band. The result was a full reformation, with Greg Douglass and Bill Baron being replaced by Graham Cooper (guitar), and Lloyd Ferris (drums).

The band released their first CD in 2003, entitled Makin' Music Again. This 13 track CD featured new and vintage songs, including a recording of "Yes That's Right" taken from a Fillmore Auditorium show in July 1969.[ In 2005, a double vinyl LP entitled Country Weather was released by RD Records. This double album featured the band’s 1969 five song demo, previously unreleased live recordings from summer 1970 and a studio session from 1971

In 2007, the band’s signature song, "Fly to New York", appeared on Rhino Records’ Love Is the Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965–1970 compilation, which was nominated for a Grammy Award in the historical category. When Rolling Stone magazine reviewed the album for their October edition, they cited "Fly to New York" as a "great freakout". In February 2009, Country Weather released a three song demo CD recorded in 2008 and 2009, which included a new recording of "Fly to New York"....wiki..........

Credits
Bass, Vocals – Dave Carter (4)
Drums – Bill Baron (2)
Lead Guitar, Vocals – Greg Douglass
Rhythm Guitar, Vocals – Steve Derr


Tracklist
1 Over And Over 4:42
2 Boy Without A Home 3:55
3 Out On The Trail 3:15
4 Yes That's Right 3:45
5 Why Time Is Leaving Me Behind 3:58
6 New York City Blues 4:32
7 Carry A Spare 5:05
8 Fly To New York 6:49
9 Black Mountain Rag 1:25
10 There I've Known 3:49
11 I Don't Know (Live) 3:59
12 Pakistan (Ring Around The Moon) (Live) 2:45
13 Wake Me Shake Me (Live) 15:05
14 Fly To New York (Live) 9:15
15 Black Mountain Rag (Live) 7:10

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