First of all, we should all get down on our knees and thank our lucky stars that David Nelson and Buddy Cage will be going out on that little mini tour this week. Halleluia!
THAT being said, let me get to what is really bugging me. Those poser pseudo New Riders who are playing at Rancho Nicasio tonight. Feel free to go if you want - if you like lame bear songs and Buddy Guy guitar imitations, go right ahead. THAT is what you will hear. You will NOT hear the New Riders of the Purple Sage because those guys are NOT the New Riders. Were they there when the band started as a viable unit? No. Did they tour all over in the early to late 70s - no. Were they on the first seven or eight original recordings? Again, no. And did they write any of the material for which the New Riders were so well known? I effing think NOT.
And now, some attorney (he would be from Bolinas) has posted to the DNB website what is tantamount to a threat against David and Buddy even using the name. He claims these POSERS own it! I think it is a sleazy attempt to intimidate the rightful users of the name. And if in fact these guys do own the name, they should be ashamed of themselves for stealing from a very ill man (John Marmaduke Dawson). Let us not forget that the LAST time these guys played Nicasio, they had the unmitigated gall to use a promo picture with John Dawson in it. Not only that, have they ever paid a lick of performing rights royalties to Marmaduke? I would bet not. They have NO RIGHT to call themselves anything but what they are - sorry wannabes who didn't have the originality to come up with their own schtick and pirated the NRPS scene.
That's my story and I am sticking to it.