Thursday, June 5, 2008

Red Willow Band, Deadwood, SD

This is the Red Willow Band at what amounted to a "command performance" during the Western Governor's Association annual meeting in Deadwood, South Dakota on June 10, 2007.

South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds hosted the meeting for governors of states in the western U.S. He brought in Red Willow to provide entertainment in a tent on Deadwood's Main Street.

The Red Willow Band was a very popular country-rock act in South Dakota and the surrounding states from 1974 to 1982. They recorded two albums before fading away. Since a reunion in 2006 they have been playing a handful of dates each year.

Red Willow core members are Chris Gage, Hank Harris, Kenny Putnam, Marley Forman and Barry Carpenter. Many others have been part of the band at various times.

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