Vintage recordings – my bands

Lovingly dedicated to all my friends, past, present, and gone.

I have been sitting around here with a couple of good-sized boxes and maybe one or two huge sacks of various tapes.  For the last 40 years, I mean.   The other day I decided that I was going to make it my goal to get the best of this material digitized and put up online.

I will take some time along the way to get everything mastered properly.  Many of the tapes I have are tapes created when I was doing sound for the band and working as a musician on stage at the same time.  I would attempt to record off the PA on a regular basis and ask members to turn up and down as necessary.

Some bands I worked in have no recordings that I know of.  This is unfortunate, so if you are a member of one of these groups with no recordings represented please dig through your band junk and see what you can find.

I stayed pretty busy after an initial period of starving in poverty while getting my name established in MPLS as a a singing multi-instrumentalist.  I hate to think about how poor poor actually is poor.  I know most all my musician friends have shared the experience.

As you might expect, trying to keep this up for 40 years is not for the faint of heart.  The business itself has changed drastically since when I was a kid and is now pretty much the next thing to impossible to keep yourself solvent.

Here is the list of bands that may have recordings.  These will become page links as I digitize the tapes and get the material on the server.  The bands in parentheses are bands I played in but do not have recordings.  Again, if you are a member of one of those bands, and you have recordings, please come forth!  I would love to have every band I’ve played in represented here if possible.

(The Durangos)

(First Regiment)… maybe….?

(Marfan Syndrome)

(Hudson Bay Fur Company)



(American Tea Co.)

(Dr. Duck)


(Bill Niemi (piano bar))


(Lowell and Audrey Hill Show)

(Los Hombres)

Double Nickels

Pony Express


Twilight Blues Band

Clutch Cargo


(Broxton Band)

(Copper Moon)

As I work my way through the tapes I may find some additional surprises.  I think I may have a very early recording of a band I played in during my sophomore year in high school.  Who knows what else I might find? I will keep digging and digitizing!


  1. Susan Edwards

    Did you do a song many years ago called ‘Prophecy’? The words were something like, “don’t be discouraged, I’ll be with you as you stand – I’ll always hold you in the hollow of my hand, and as we walk through life – remember what I said, my love is hidden deep within you. The song came to my mind today thinking of someone I wanted to encourage and we looked you up – would love to hear you do it again! You are amazingly talented. Thanks for sharing your talent.

  2. Susan Edwards

    My previous comment was regarding Lisa Tracy – just realized there may be other groups

    • Thanks for stopping by. I have all of Lisa’s recordings here but it’s been a while since she’s recorded here and I’m not remembering the song you’re asking about. I’m pretty sure that song is on one of her recordings done elsewhere. I closed the studio last August. I have a lot of client’s recordings in storage, and if I find that one I’ll post back to you.

      Best regards,


  3. Is this the same Bill Niemi that played in the band “Pony Express” in the twin cities back in the 70’s?
    Stan Jones Ham Lake MN

    • Hi, Stan! Yep!

      I was just Google Earthing the parking lot where Blainbrook used to be the other day and I was thinking about you, Mike, Jerry, and all the boys. Fond memories, it was a different life back then, wasn’t it.

      Please pass my best regards on to the gang. I hope all is well with y’all. We’re doing ok… I haven’t played out in several years. I retired from electrical engineering about a decade back, and I closed the recording studio to the public a year ago. Same with my music teaching business. I’m doing songwriting and classical compositions these days.

      Cheers, be well, great to hear from you!

      My email is


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