Cody touches down tonight
Sarah D'Esti Miller from Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin
Sat. Feb.12, 2005)
McCarthy has struck again. When last we heard from the
fledgling concert promoter, he brought Henry Rollins to the
forum. Now he is bringing the Legendary Commander
Cody Band to Magic City Music Hall tonight.
always been around the concert business. It's always been
about the live show." McCarthy said. "I did well
with the Rollins show, not as well as I would have liked, but
then again, it's a growing process."
primary reason for an appearance by the Commander (a.k.a. George
Frayne) and his band is one heck of a party last year at the
Turkey Trot Lodge in Candor.
was a weekend in August that was captured on film and audio, and
the mixing was all done locally and put into a package.
And now it's out there on the Internet and selling globally,
which is nice," McCarthy said. The Magic City gig,
with opening act Spook
The Horse, is the release party for the combination DVD/CD,
which will be available at the concert. "We're even
getting airplay from the audio portion on Sirius Satellite Radio
on the Outlaw Country channel."
Commander Cody Band started out in 1968 as Commander Cody and
His Lost Planet Airmen, and they found their way to San
Francisco by 1969. Their repertoire included old-time rock
'n roll, country, boogie-woogie, Cajun and swing/jazz.
they signed to Paramount Records, and the twangy Hot Rod
Lincoln was a runaway hit in 1972.
is not your traditional classic rock type band. This is a band
that has crossed genres." McCarthy said. "(Frayne) is
a real character. He gets out there, and he just lets it
go. George tells a lot of stories."
they are mostly stories worth hearing, too.
Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen played San Francisco's legendary
Fillmore Auditorium on bills with the Grateful Dead, The Doors,
The Jefferson Airplane, Alice Cooper, Led Zeppelin, and The
Eagles. They also backed up legends Gene Vincent, Link
Wray, and John Lennon. You KNOW there are stories
with tha bunch. If anybody remembers.
under the abbreviated namd Commander Cody Band (long, strange
trips not being what they used to be, there's less need for thr
Lost Planet Airmen), the group hasa devoted following of all
generations. The Lineup will include Frayne
(leader/keyboards/vocals), Steve Barbuto (drums/vocals), Rick
Mullen (bass) and Mark Emerick on lead guitar and vocals with
Tiny Olson on steel guitar.
a real roadhouse rock and roll rockabilly-type show,"
McCarthy said. "It's a party."
The Commander Cody Band with special guest Spook The Horse
8 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) today.
Magic City Music Hall, 375 Harry L Drive, Johnson City.