Although I was, for the most of the time frame of the “Garage” project, a Webster County, Iowa resident—and not Boone County—I have been active in music around NW and central Iowa since 1965 (when I was a wee lad of 13). Although I was a member of only one actual Boone county band, I have known/gigged with/jammed with a number of the musicians logged elsewhere. These include, but are not necessarily limited to, Andy Crim (Road, Evolution), Dave and Don Sternquist (Evolution), Ralph Stevens (Wild Prophets), Rick Weiss, Steve Greenfield, Bob Wolf (Jebidiah Stone) and Mark Ohlson (Fred, Spazz and the Electric Circus).
    The decade or so covered by “Garage” (roughly 1965-1978) was—and I hope this isn’t taken as the nostalgic rambling of some old ex–hippie—uniquely magical and, in the truest sense of the word, romantic. Batches of kids were inspired by legions of Brits, as well as by recordings of local groups, young folks maybe two years older than they were, who got playing engagements, recording contracts, made money doing what they loved. The prevailing sentiment was, “Gee whiz, maybe we can do this too! Let’s go for it!!”
    “Just get an electric guitar and take some time and learn how to play.”—J. (later R.) McGuinn. Never before or since has there been such a cacophonous din over the land as in those early years. Entry level guitar and amp manufacturers had a field day that the industry has never seen again. Harmonys, Danelectros, Teiscos, and Silvertones loomed large over the cornfields. Some of us got to be decent players; some of us never even learned how to tune the damn things. But we all had a ball, caused our parents a few grey hairs, expanded our world view a little, and got a little chunk of “the dream”.
    Looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing. Not a minute. - Don Meyers 2009 IRRHOF inductee/Deputy Dawg Band

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