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1976-1978
Red Willow Band
Way Back When (the original recordings)

 1. Wake Me  2. Magic Bird  3.  Old Photos  4. Tyin' The Knot  5. Arms Around Me  6.  Battle The Bottle  7.  You Can't Get There  8. Leftover Blues  9. Finally Hit Bottom  10. Game Of Chance   11. Beautiful Lie  12. Sweet Lovin' 13. Cryin' In The Deep Blue Sea 14. Snow On Bald Mountain  15. Dreams Come True  16. Finding My Way  17. Today I Smiled Away  18. Your Time's a'Comin'  19. The Other Man  20. Hell Or High Water  21. Very Old Friend  22. Song Of The Sea

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(circa 1979)Collector's item (were you there?)
Red Willow Band
Live!

1. Marley’s Intro  2. Tom & Jerry  3. Two ‘O Clock Shuffle  4. You’re All I Need To Get By   5. Restless  6. Tailspin  7. Roly Poly  8. You Just Can’t Win  9. Bottom Of The Band  10. You Gotta Be Crazy  11. I Thought I Was A Child  12. Stage Fright  13. C Jam Blues  14. The Rails That Took You Home  15. Long Way To Hollywood  16. Orange Blossom Special

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2006
Red Willow Band
REUNION!

 1. Wake Me When The Sun Goes Down   2.   Beautiful Lie  3. Sure Beats Me / Well You Needn’t  4. Finally Hit Bottom   5.  I Wish I Had Your  Arms Around Me  6. Stage Fright  7. Magic Bird  8. Battle The Bottle  9. Leftover Blues  10. 2 O' Clock Shuffle  11. Old Photos  12. Bottom Of The Band  13. You're All I Need To Get By  14. Long Way To Hollywood  15. Orange Blossom Special  16. Hell or High Water

Captured live by SD Public Broadcasting at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls

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The Red Willow Band existed in South Dakota from 1974 to 1982.  (Still exists, we guess, we play once or twice a year these days.)  Their business card read "Red Willow Band.....the best in country swing". 

Two albums and several singles were recorded and released, with one single "I Wish I Had Your Arms Around Me" reaching #97 on the Billboard Hot Country 100 charts for a whopping 7 days.  The band made numerous TV specials for South Dakota Public Television, hosted the successful NEMO series of outdoor festivals, and toured nonstop in the upper U.S. from Washington State to New York City.

Red Willow Band core members were Chris Gage, Hank Harris, Kenny Putnam, Marley Forman and Barry Carpenter.  Wally Saukerson helped form the band, then became the booking agent.

Also serving time were Lonnie Schumacher (bass), Tom Peterson (bass), Susan Osborn (vocals), Boyd Bristow (guitar & vocals), Owen DeJong (fiddle),  Mike 'Razz' Russell (fiddle & vocals), Wally Saukerson (mandolin), and Johnny Palomino (aka soundman Mike Grunendyke, guest vocals).  

Special thanks still go out to Dale Gage, Lost Records, Wally Saukerson, Chris Buren, Rowdy Walterman, Terry VanderPol, Dan Picht, Byrd Burton (RIP), Gary Laney, GMA, Ann Morton, and many more.

    
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