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JOEL PIRARD, keys and voice

Years ago I was in a band with my friend, former Topeka guitarist George Barker, former Topeka bassist Ray Lehner, Mike Gelbke on drums, and later Scott Pittman replacing Ray. We were sort of a cross between early Steely Dan and Tom Petty!

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2nd bassist SCOTT PITTMAN, GEORGE BARKER guitar and voice

All I had for decades was ONE boom box rehearsal tape.
I have over the years ( since 1983 ) listened to it and culled from it for my own recordings.
The band had broken up and George and I had lost touch. Subsequently I found out on Facebook that he had died in 2000.
George was an amazing guitarist and songwriter.

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MIKE GELBKE drums

I have adapted the stuff we wrote together and 2 he wrote in a previous band and completed all the songs in a home studio. Some are simple, some are a bit more intense. Many speak to simple love and broken hearts.
Not sure if I will ever release them anywhere, but they need to see the light of day. I cannot play like George, but I think I captured hie essence.

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original bassist RAY LEHNER

Our mutual friend Glen was with him in his last days, and told me that George always had a kind word for me when ever I was brought up, which HE did often. I had wanted to reach out several times but could not locate him. He could make you crazy, his playing could make you cry, he could make you want to kiss him. I miss my friend. I wish I could have seen him again.
I joined Facebook in 2009, he was gone 9 years...
So with your kind indulgence, here are songs I was able to re-record from a terrible source tape. In some cases I had to rewrite lyrics from his buried vocals! Warts and all this is ALL ME.

SONGS FROM THIS BAND AND NEVER AND RE-RECORDED FRESH

NEVER CHANGE

I WANNA KNOW

SPUNK

SONGS FROM THIS BAND RE-RECORDED PREVIOUSLY

WHO CAN SAY?

ROUGH EDGES

NO MORE GOODBYES

MIND GAMES

IT'S BETTER LEFT UNSAID

IT'S IN THEIR EYES

PACK YOUR BAGS

GYPSY

WASTED LADIES

SPEED CITY