Brewer and ShipleyInitial release : February 1971
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The third Brewer and Shipley LP. Garcia plays pedal steel on one track. John Kahn also plays on this LP.
The original LP comprised the following tracks;
The following musicians are credited on the the LP cover;
It is sometimes stated that Garcia also plays on One Toke Over The Line but this is not the case. Stephen Barncard who was present during the recording sessions categorically states that Garcia was not present during the recording of that song.
The CD reissue includes an interview with Tim Shipley in which he say;
Essentially it was the Butterfield Blues Band. There was Mark Naftalin on piano, Mike Bloomfield on guitar; all these heavy R&B guys and folkies Mike and Tom. Jerry Garcia played on one track "Hey Mommy (I Don't Wanna Be A Commie)..... Spencer Dryden from the Airplane was there, and Nicky Hopkins, who played with the Stones.In an interview Mike Brewer spoke of the recording sessions;
We were recording many of those albums at Wally Heider Studios in San Francisco. Part of the Jefferson Airplane's original record deal was unlimited studio time there, so Studio A was basically their room and either the Airplane or offshoots of the Airplane were there all the time. The Dead had kind of the same deal and they were upstairs in Studio B or D. So for us, it was just like going to the office, when you needed a guy you just went down the hall and go 'Hey Jerry, you want to play pedal steel on this?The track that features Garcia is referred to by Shipley with a different title and is sometimes referred to with a variety of titles.
Mike Brewer, from Oklahoma and Tom Shipley, from Ohio, both started as solo folk singers in the mid 60's. By 1967 they were recording together in Los Angeles for a subsidiary of A&M records. Their first LP, Down in L.A., was released in 1968. They signed for Kama Sutra in 1969 and subsequently produced Weeds. Tarkio Road was their second release on Kama Sutra. It was supposedly named after Tarkio, Missouri because that was one of the endless small towns in which they regularly played.
However it seems that Brewer and Shipley never played in Tarkio, or possibly only played nearby once. If that's the case then possibly Tarkio was an ironic choice, representative of the small towns that would not welcome their presence. There again maybe they just liked the name.
Two singles were released in conjunction with this LP;
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LP front cover
2-on-1 CD cover