Big Sky Mudflaps


    The Big Sky Mudflaps are celebrating 30 years of performing together.  Their unique sound-- a blend of jazz, swing and rhythm & blues with a healthy dose of Latin percussion -- has won them national acclaim.  The Mudflaps have earned praise from the New York Times, the Village Voice, Billboard, Esquire Magazine, and many other publications. 
    The Big Sky Mudflaps have shared concert billing with such internationally known artists as Ray Charles, Muddy Waters, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck and Riders in the Sky.  They have made featured appearances on the NBC Today Show, as well as on National Public Radio's "Prarie Home Companion." 
    Their festival appearances include the KOOL (Newport/New York) Jazz Festival, the Telluride (Colorado) Jazz Festival, the Port Townsend (Washington) Jazz Festival, the Northern Rockies Folk Festival (Sun Valley, Idaho), and the Flathead Festival (Montana), among others.
    The Big Sky Mudflaps have recorded five albums:  "ARMCHAIR CABARET,"  "SENSIBLE SHOES,"  "SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL,"  "ARMCHAIR CABARET LIVE," AND "COLD DUCK TIME."  All are currently available on CD from SPUD RECORDS.  ORDERING AND CONTACT INFORMATION BELOW.



BAND PERSONNEL:

Rich Brinkman ---- drums & vocals
David Horgan -----  guitar & vocals
Beth Lo ------------   bass& vocals
Maureen Powell ---  bass & vocals
Steve Powell -------   piano & vocals
Chuck Florence -------------     saxophone & clarinet
   


Big Sky Mudflaps 
BOOKINGS OR CDS CONTACT:   
       David Horgan
        408 Village Pl.
        Missoula, MT 59802
        (406) 543-7966  // 
email: lohorgan@yahoo.com


         
                Halloween 2010                                                                                                          NBC Today Show (with young Tom Brokaw) 1981
 
 
Big Sky Mudflaps History
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Big Sky Mudflaps
THE HISTORICAL ARCHIVES



    THE Big Sky Mudflaps FORMED IN 1975 (YES FOLKS, THAT'S 30 YEARS AGO!) IN HAMILTON, MONTANA.  ORIGINAL MEMBERS WERE DAVID HORGAN ON GUITAR, MICHAEL LEA ON DRUMS, BETH LO ON BASS, DEXTER PAYNE ON SAXOPHONE, MAUREEN POWELL ALSO ON BASS, AND STEVE POWELL ON PIANO.  THE GROUP PLAYED ROADHOUSES AND CLUBS UP AND DOWN THE BITTERROOT VALLEY AND IN MISSOULA, AND WITHIN A SHORT TIME BRANCHED OUT TO PLACES LIKE SPOKANE, BOZEMAN, HELENA, BILLINGS, & THE SEATTLE AREA.  THEY PLAYED AN ECLECTIC RANGE OF CLASSIC AMERICAN MUSIC, FOCUSSING ON SWING AND RHYTHM & BLUES, AND FOUND THAT AUDIENCES LIKED THE SOUND.  THE FOUR CORE MEMBERS -- HORGAN, LO, AND THE TWO POWELLS -- HAVE REMAINED WITH THE BAND THROUGHOUT ITS 37-YEAR TENURE.
    THE FLAPS RELEASED THEIR FIRST ALBUM, "ARMCHAIR CABARET," IN 1979, WHICH WAS CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED AND OPENED THE DOOR TO A WIDER AUDIENCE.  THE GROUP BEGAN TOURING NATIONALLY, APPEARING AT CLUBS, COLLEGES, AND MAJOR JAZZ AND FOLK FESTIVALS.  THEY MADE TWO LIVE APPEARANCES ON THE NBC "TODAY SHOW" IN 1981 AND 1982 AND FOR SEVERAL YEARS WERE SEMI-REGULAR GUESTS ON NPR'S "PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION."   THEIR SECOND ALBUM, "SENSIBLE SHOES", WAS RELEASED IN 1983 AND WAS SELECTED BY BILLBOARD MAGAZINE AS ONE OF ITS NOTABLE ALBUMS FOR THAT YEAR.  THESE FIRST TWO RECORDS FEATURED APPEARANCES BY SINGER JUDY RODERICK AND VIOLINIST ROB SANDERS, BOTH MEMBERS OF THE GROUP IN THE LATE 70S / EARLY 80S.  THE BAND PERFORMED FREQUENTLY ON THE EAST AND WEST COASTS, AND RECEIVED RAVE REVIEWS IN THE NEW YORK TIMES, VILLAGE VOICE, LOS ANGELES TIMES, ESQUIRE MAGAZINE, & OTHER PUBLICATIONS .
    IN 1984 DEXTER PAYNE LEFT THE GROUP (OR TRIED TO) AND WAS REPLACED BY CHUCK FLORENCE ON SAXOPHONE. THROUGH THE LATE 80'S AND 90'S, THE MUDFLAPS TOURED PRIMARILY IN THE NORTHWEST.   IN 1987 THE GROUP RELEASED A THIRD ALBUM,  "SHAKE, RATTLE, & ROLL," WHICH FEATURED A NUMBER OF HIGH-ENERGY DANCE TUNES FROM THE MUDFLAP REPERTOIRE.   
    THE 90'S WERE A BUSY DECADE, MUSICALLY AND OTHERWISE.  SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THE BAND LAUNCHED TEACHING CAREERS AND BEGAN REARING OF A NEW GENERATION OF MUDFLAPS.  IN 1997 ANOTHER RECORD WAS RELEASED, THE FLAPS' FIRST ON CD, ENTITLED "COLD DUCK TIME," FEATURING A FULL RANGE OF THE GROUP'S VARIED MUSICAL STYLES.   
    IN 2000, THE GROUP CELEBRATED ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY WITH A SERIES OF CONCERTS FEATURING MUDFLAPS PAST AND PRESENT.  THEY ALSO RELEASED ANOTHER CD, "ARMCHAIR CABARET LIVE", A RECORDING OF A LIVE RADIO BROADCAST ON MONTANA PUBLIC RADIO, FEATURING SONGS, COMEDY, AND APPEARANCES BY MUDFLAP ALUMNI. 
    IN THE NEW MELLENIUM, THE 'FLAPS ARE STILL GOING STRONG.  FOR A STRETCH OF SEVERAL YEARS THE HORN CHAIR WAS OCCUPIED BY TRUMPETER LEON SLATER, AND CONGA DRUMS WERE PROVIDED BY LIZ SLATER.  RICH BRINKMAN HAS MANNED THE DRUM SEAT FOR SEVERAL YEARS.  TROMBONIST TOM WOGSLAND SITS IN FROM TIME TO TIME, AS DOES ALUMNI SAXOPHONIST DEXTER PAYNE, FORMER DRUMMER MICHAEL LEA, AND VIOLINIST ROB SANDERS.  THE BAND'S OPERATING PHILOSOPHY IS "ONCE A MUDFLAP, ALWAYS A MUDFLAP."
SPUD RECORDS RE-RELEASED ON CD THE BAND'S HIGHLY ACCLAIMED FIRST THREE ALBUMS, "ARMCHAIR CABARET,"  "SENSIBLE SHOES, " AND "SHAKE, RATTLE, & ROLL." 
    THE GROUP CONTINUES TO EXPLORE EXCITING NEW MUSICAL TERRITORY.  SOME OF THEIR CURRENT MATERIAL IS FUELED BY THE FIERY RHYTHMS OF CUBA AND BRAZIL.  IN CONCERT PERFORMANCE, THE BIG SKY MUDFLAPS LIKE TO PRESENT THE FULL RANGE OF THEIR STYLISTIC REPERTOIRE, FROM KANSAS CITY SWING TO HAVANA CHA-CHA-CHA.  ALWAYS THEIR HOPE IS THAT THE AUDIENCE WILL HAVE HALF AS MUCH FUN AS THE BAND.





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