Boise Weekly presents Famous Motel Cowboys at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.). As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Famous Motel Cowboys are performing three nights of reunion shows April 25-27 at Humpin’ Hannah’s!
ABOUT PINTO BENNETT AND THE FAMOUS MOTEL COWBOYS
Pinto Bennett and the Famous Motel Cowboys return to Boise the last weekend in April for their eleventh annual Famous Motel Cowboys Reunion. They’ll be celebrating the release of their first album in over 20 years, Garden City Skyline, and will be performing songs from the new album, as well as familiar favorites from their four previous albums.
Pinto Bennett has been an influential part of the vibrant Northwest music scene since the seventies when he was a member of the hard country band Tarwater. The eighties saw him and the Motel Cowboys touring extensively throughout the Western U.S. and in Europe. The band broke up (they thought) in 1991, and Pinto moved to Nashville, Tennessee, for a few years to pursue his craft. He eventually returned to Boise and continued to perform in a more acoustic setting with his new band – Trio Pinto. Guitarists Rob Matson and Sergio Webb also relocated to Nashville, and still live there. Bassist Jim Lemmon now lives in Eugene, Oregon, and drummer Joe Dow is in Salt Lake City, so the band is effectively spread out across the country.
In 2004, Jim Lemmon had the idea to hold a reunion, and thirteen years after they broke up, they put together the first of what has become an annual event. The reunion has evolved into a three day affair involving not only the Motel Cowboys, but artists from all over the Northwest and beyond. Many of Boise’s talented musicians donate their time each year to help celebrate a musical tradition that continues to make Boise one of the richest and most diverse live music cities in the country.
This year’s line-up features close to 60 musicians, including Montana Rose, Joshua Tree, John Hansen, Kole Moulton and Lonely Road, Reilly Coyote, David Lyle Evans, SFM Steve Fulton Music, Old Death Whisper, New Transit, Kip Attaway and his All Star Band, The Lemmon Family Band, Dale Keys, Kenny Saunders, The Neckid Rednecks, and Carolina Morning.
More information on the band, their music and the FMC Reunion can be found on their website: famousmotelcowboys.com.