Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Jake Berger And The Mannish Boys Are Back in 2018!

Some of you have been asking when I will be getting back to booking shows like the 60s Rock & Roll Reunions. After the successful Double Door Inn anniversary show, I’ve decided to give them another round. Charlotte’s own Mannish Boys will lead the local charge back to the garage, with shows at Smokey Joe’s on February 16th, April 27th and July 6th. Book co-author Jake Berger, Rob Thorne, Greg James and JC Matlak will bring all of your fave garage rock, psych and R&B. And Charlotte’s own Sidewalk Bob and Mitchell Kearney will be opening the Feb. 16th show. Show begins at 10pm, and tickets are five dollars. 

But wait, there’s more! The Mannish Boys will be playing the Evening Muse on Sunday, March 18th for a special live recording event. Showtime is 7pm for this show. Get there early, get loud and make some noise, and you’ll hear yourself (and the band) on record, some (hopefully soon) groovy day. And yes, a certain photographer/show promoter/tambourine player will also be lurking about. Come by, say hello, and ask me if I’ve made any more progress on my next books. 

More on these, and more shows coming soon. Spread the word, and see you at the Rock Show.
January 16, 2018

Sunday, January 7, 2018

News About The Bondsmen, Stars Of Our Book

Hi everybody. How are you? I wanted to share some photos from the recent Bondsmen reunion show, and some news. It was a great show, again, and I discovered that the band wrote and recorded a single (both an A and B side) in 1969 that was never released, despite one of the songs getting airplay. And from what the band played at the show, they sound fantastic. Hopefully, you'll get to this and more soon, as the band is currently working on their first ever album. More news soon, and I hope to see you all again in the coming year.
January 7, 2018


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

I'll Be At Rosedale Plantation This Saturday, December 2nd

Hello all-

I'll be at Rosedale Plantation this Saturday, December 2nd from 11:30am to 4pm, selling books, prints and other great holiday gift ideas. Copies of There Was A Time will be available. Any requests for photos? The request line is open. Hope to see you there.
November 29, 2017


Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Young Ages Final Show, This Saturday, November 18, 2017

Hello all-

Just a reminder that The Young Ages will be playing their final show at the Charles Mack Auditorium in Mooresville, NC at 8pm on Saturday, November 18th. I hope to see you there,
November 17, 2017

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Double Door Inn Anniversary Reunion Show, December 17, 2017

For over 43 years, the Double Door Inn was more than an old house on Charlottetowne Avenue. It was recognized as one of the oldest blues music venues in the United States, bringing in musicians of all genres to Charlotte, NC. It was the place that you went to hang out on Friday afternoon, or Saturday night. To meet old friends, and make new ones. What had once been the house built by the Wearn family, one of the prominent families in Charlotte during the early 20th centuries, become the home of the Charlotte music scene, and the place where owner Nick Karres oversaw countless nights of music and memories.

While we cannot bring it back, this show is a homecoming for the many that had the Double Door Inn pass through them, just as much as we passed through it. On the week that the venue would have celebrated its 44th anniversary, we bring together some of the musicians that made the Double Door their home. Lenny Federal Band, Crisis, and Woody Mitchell & Loafers Glory. We also will screen Live From The Double Door Inn, the documentary about the venue’s history and final days. We also welcome back Nick Karres and his family, who have been part of our own extended families for many years. 

Gather, return, and let the music play on.
-Daniel Coston

Double Door Inn 44th Anniversary Show
Neighborhood Theatre
Dec. 17th, 2017

Lenny Federal Band
Randy Franklin & Crisis
Woody Mitchell & Loafers Glory

and a screening of Live From The Double Door Inn
Admission: $10

Doors at 6pm, documentary at 7pm, Music at 8pm. 

We can release this once tickets go on sale. I’ll keep you posted on that.

Thank you,

Fantastic Article On 1960s NC Garage Scene


Our friend Bill Kopp has published a great article on the Western NC garage rock scene, with loads of links to hear the records. Check out the article here-


We'll be back soon with more news on the 1960s garage scene,
September 3, 2017

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Ed Truman/Marke 5 Interview

Daniel Coston: What made you want to play music?

Ed Truman: Seeing my sister who was six years older play in folk groups got me thinking about learning an instrument, but when the Beatles came out and my mother one day ask if id like to play I said yes, buy me a set of drums mom, and it was on from there.

Coston: Describe the music scene in Fayetteville, and at your school.

Truman: Just about every neighborhood had an abundance of bands. Seems like everybody i knew was forming a band and playing if nowhere else, in their garages. We probably had at least six or seven good bands at the High School i went to, and it wasn’t a very big school.

Coston: How did the Marke 5 come together?

Truman: I came about joining the Marke 5 just by word of mouth going around. I was asked to join and help form this band.

Coston: What songs were in the Marke 5’s set? What were your favorite gigs to play?

Truman: I can’t remember all our songs but we did do several Rolling Stones songs, Under My Thumb, The Last Time. We had a driving sound and thats what won us the battle of the bands my sophmore year.

Coston: Talk about the single “Pay”, and recording that single. Where did you record it, and what do you remember about that session?

Truman: Our mentor band recorded a song so we wanted to record a 45 ourselves, we got together at practice one night and it was a group effort and we produced two songs. My mother who was very supportive put up three hundred dollars and we went to Raleigh, NC and recorded the songs at Jimmy Capps studio under the label JCP.

Coston: When did the Marke 5 break up, and why?

Truman:  we played for probably a little over a year but two of the members were seniors, and they graduated and went on to the army and other jobs, so it just came to an end like the way it started, just happened.

Coston: I understand that you played with a latter [post-Liar Liar] version of the Castaways. Tell me about that.

Truman: It really wasn’t a Castaways remake band. The guitar player and lead singer on the song “Liar Liar”, named Bob Laroy Folschow, was drafted and finishing up his military obligation when me and a bass player hooked up with him near the end of my senior year. We became the house band at a bar called the Longbranch Saloon, and later house band at a bar called The Red Garter. There we met an english chap who was in Fayetteville putting together one of the first shows and the recently built Cumberland County Arena. The show was Iron Butterfly and they had the big hit “In-a-gadda-devita” going on at that time. We were ask to open for that show and it was a big thrill. 

After graduation we became the house band at the first after hours club in Fayetteville, they only served set ups and technically did not sell alcohol so they could stay open all night if they wanted, we played there about a year and then went on the road playing holiday inns and other clubs and motels all up and down the east coast, usually playing about two weeks per gig. We did that for about two years and had a falling out with Bob Laroy Folschow and we broke up.

Coston: Tell me about The Symbols, who were your rivals at High School. And what other bands were around the area during that time?

Truman: The Symbols were one of our biggest idols, they were really a great band. Forty-five years later we merged members of the Symbols and the Marke Five and played a reunion gig that went over really great. Had big time fun playing with them.

Coston: Who else did you play with, after the Marke 5?

Truman: I’ve played with so many people and groups its hard to remember.

Coston: Do you still play today?

Truman: I still play today with a big band orchestra out of lumberton nc and also record, over 130 songs so far recorded and seven CDs out on the internet, with a partner in music named Paul Reichle.

Coston: What comes to mind, when you think about that time in your llfe?

Truman: it was so fun and exciting back then, we would play for some pretty large crowds sometimes and it felt like we were the Beatles or the Stones, great memories.
August 20, 2017