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February 19, 2008 |
Post to the Host:
Is your Andy Stein the same Andy Stein who contributed impressively, back in the seventies, to The Marshall Tucker Band, Commander Cody, David Bromberg and others? By the way I had the distinct honor of sitting in the front row of your show for the 125th birthday of Yellowstone National Park at Old Faithful. Shared a plethora of cocktails with you folks afterward at the Mezzanine Bar... I still smile when I think of it.
Rev. C.E. A.
It's the very same one, sir. He was a charter member of Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen back then, a group that made a big splash in the rocknroll world singing C&W doper songs and doing boogie-woogie, and Mr. Stein was the saxophonist/fiddler with the big Jewish Afro. As for the Yellowstone broadcast, what I remember was the enormous bison who parked himself next to the satellite dish behind the lodge where we performed, and when our engineer asked a park ranger what we could do about it, the ranger said, "All you can do with bison is just wait for them to move." I also remember the battalion of dedicated "geyser gazers" who camped out at Yellowstone every summer and carried walkie-talkies to inform the others of which geysers seemed likely to erupt soon. They had an RV command post, T-shirts, a newsletter, and comprised a small cohesive society, all based on their interest in hot water bursting up out of the earth. I don't recall the Mezzanine Bar or a plethora of drinks, but you're entitled to your memories.