Quoting your front page story on the current controversy involving FEMA hurricane disaster recovery efforts:
"JEEZIS I hate to say this, but this all elevates Florida Governor Jeb Bush to near folk-hero status by comparison: the man got us through FOUR major hurricanes in the 2004 season and held the state together with no precedent on which to draw.
To say nothing of what Guiliani went through on 9/11. Just putting it in perspective."
I'm down with that good buddy!
Your info on the Outlaws [in a back issue of PCR] is a tad inaccurate and out of date, though appreciated that you gave them credit as the most successful.
Fact is, the band was recording and touring well into the '80s (though granted their high point was in the mid-late '70s). Fact is, the band has reformed with both original drummers (David Dix and Monte Yoho) as well as original guitarists Hughie Thomasson and Henry Paul (additional members come primarily from Henry Paul's group "BlackHawk" as original bassist Frank O'Keefe and guitarist Billy Jones are both deceased).
Interesting set of data--you missed a lot of bands but that's probably good for me--I'm writing a book on 60's and early 70's band from the I-4 Corridor....nothing like what Curtis emassed before his passing in any way--a more close up view of bands who both did and did not make it.
For more info on the Outlaws: http://home.tampabay.rr.com/rootbound/outlaws/page1.htm
(No name given)
Dear Outlaws Fan,
Thank you so much for writing and for the update on The Outlaws! The article from my website you cited was very likely William Moriaty's retrospective on local bands from the '70s and '80s featured in his regular column "La Floridiana". I don't recall the issue number but I know it is several years old (likely 2001 or 2002) and so it comes as little surprise that it's "a tad inaccurate and out of date". The latest mention of The Outlaws I was able to find on Crazed Fanboy dotcom at all is in a Lettercol from February 2004 where I comment something to the effect that after the '80s The Outlaws were never really heard from again. After visiting your great website, I discovered that, obviously, this is in error.
I am publishing your letter in this week's Nolan's Pop Culture Review ("PCR") to alert the others. I forwarded it to PCR writer William Moriaty but he had no comment.
Thanks again for writing and for the head's up on current Outlaws news!
Nolan B. Canova
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