Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Download Brian and the Nightmares Best Of CD


Johnson City, Tennessee--1985. A small hillbilly college town was the setting for the band. The first gig was in a McDonald's parking lot for it's grand opening. We got paid in food, lots 'o nuggets...nice. For nearly 5 years John Smith, Kurt Hagardorn, Mark Ryalls, Tad Dickens and I wrote songs, played constantly, and traveled the South in an Econoline van. I can still smell the rock.

All the standard rock cliche's apply; no money, crappy gigs, getting drunk, great gigs, nice girls, waffle house, great gigs, bad managers, blah blah blah. We wrote a ton of songs and some were pretty decent. And although we never quite got the studio recording thing down pat, the live shows were always a gas. We built a solid following that paid us enough to do nothing but play music. No day jobs—shit howdy. We lived and played together, reveled in a very cool local music scene, met a butload of other bands like us, got insanely tight, and lived on diets of convenience store dogs and jerky. We had a blast...then it stopped.

We did a reunion show a couple years back and promised a greatest hits CD. That gig started this project rolling...ever so slowly. Through the aide of digital technology, we have (actually John has) remastered our analog two-tracks. We did consider making that promised Greatest Hits CD for a while- but we decided to go with downloadable MP3's. This makes it quick and easy to listen and/or download right to your computer. Click the link below and download all you want. Make your own CD, mix-n-match, leave off the songs you don't like - no charge. Just our way of saying thanks for supporting us for those few great years.

We're putting up the songs on this site as they get finished, so remember to check back. We're doing the formal releases first (the first two records), then some live stuff, then maybe new recordings. We may also throw up some recordings from our other bands. Why not. Also, I'm probably going to put some pictures, articles, reviews, etc.

Email if you like. If you have something to say or a story about the day, send it on—it might get posted here.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks to the band for the kind gift.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004 8:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm listening to the ORIGINAL Brian and the Nightmares Tape NOW!!!!!...It's just as good now as it was back then!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, November 07, 2004 11:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hell Brian. I been trying to find you for years now.
Please give me a holler sometime.
mike mull

Friday, November 12, 2004 11:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Found your first cassette in a box that was getting thrown out. It still sounds great, thanks for the memories.

Brian, you were, and probably still are a great songwriter. Are you planning anything new?

Friday, December 10, 2004 1:21:00 PM  

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