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Drivin' Sideways

 

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Rocky called him on his offer, and the band moved over to the Pig from Mr. Flood's Party with Chris Goerke on bass, Brophy Dale on guitar, Steve "Dixboro" Cummings on pedal steel, and Dave Stockwell on drums. That first happy hour was so successful that not only were people squeezed to the rafters but the Jim Beam ran out. By 1988 former Blackfoot and Southern Rock All-Star Jakson Spires was on drums, either Chris Casello or Bob Schetter on guitars, Mark "Shamus" O'Boyle on pedal steel, and Goerke still on bass and backup vocals. The happy hour, Pete says, became a "launching pad for the weekend's festivities. Everybody seemed to know each other, and the place was always packed with dancers."

In the driver's seat with his strong vocals and ripping commentary, Pontiac Pete covered the themes we love so well: alcoholism, lust, obsession, insanity, and the misery of heartache. Such crowds were packing happy hour that the pitcher got passed a couple of times and the band split a third of the bar receipts, which paid $50-$75 apiece. When Sleepy LaBeef came to town, he used Drivin'

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