Final tracks for the debut CD were recorded at Bongo Boy Studios near Arcata California over 3 days in early July with Marc Wendt and Catherine-Rose Wendt joining Jimmy Foot and Doug. Later Steve Marshall in London rebuilt his “The End of An American Dream” composition, originally done with Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, expressly for Doug’s lyrics and performance recorded at Bongo Boy “American Ghost Town”. Stevie Culture laid down some drums while Jimmy played and mastered all the selections for the lp. GHOST TOWN SOUND performances included a double tracked playback of the entire pre-mastered album at Machinery Row in Great Falls, MT July as well as an almost final CD Listening Party during Montana’s 125th Birthday Celebration in historic downtown Ohtahku November 2nd with Dodds Wiley. The album was performed twice in its entirety. Doug’s full time Reggae MD station officially debuted after months of beta streaming for RadioIO in early March. GTS’s “Boxcar” debuted on the outlet in August. Meanwhile worldOneradio still airs Wendt’s MIDNIGHT DREAD radio show every night at midnight Pacific Time. DREAD includes Ghost Town Sound Radio specials, which also air at High Noon, same station, during Doug’s BEST OF ALL WORLDS programs. NATIVE SON RISING, another affiliated show, airs music by and for indigenous peoples, including an occasional GHOST TOWN SOUND song, every morning at 6am Pacific Time. Listen up to this great new all world radio station 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, broadcasting at 88.7FM El Cerrito and 97.7FM in San Pablo, along the San Francisco Bay rim while on the internet streaming globally here as worldOneradio with a listen live button here on the worldOneradio website.
GHOST TOWN SOUND performed several selections from the upcoming lp in Great Falls, MT in September in Whittier Park near the Mansfield Theatre for the Monet and Melons Art Celebration for urban art project artists. Doug spent most of the year readying his first full time online radio station Reggae MD which began beta streaming for RadioIO in October. Meanwhile worldOneradio continued broadcasting Wendt’s MIDNIGHT DREAD radio show every night at midnight Pacific Time which includes Ghost Town Sound Radio specials that also air at noon during Doug’s BEST OF ALL WORLDS programs. NATIVE SON RISING airs music by and for indigenous peoples with occasional GHOST TOWN SOUND songs every morning at 6am Pacific Time. Listen up to this great new all world radio station 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, broadcasting at 88.7FM El Cerrito and 97.7FM in San Pablo, along the San Francisco Bay rim while on the internet streaming globally here as worldOneradio with a listen live button here on the worldOneradio website.
GHOST TOWN SOUND performances this summer include the 14th Annual World One Festival in El Cerrito, CA July 3rd (5-7pm) as well as headlining the Sound Of The Falls Festival in Great Falls, MT July 29th (6-7:30pm). More information on other happenings will be posted here. Meanwhile worldOneradio is premiering Wendt’s MIDNIGHT DREAD radio show every night at midnight Pacific Time on May 1st. DREAD includes Ghost Town Sound Radio specials, which also air at High Noon, same station, during Doug’s BEST OF ALL WORLDS programs. NATIVE SON RISING, another affiliated show, airs music by and for indigenous peoples, including an occasional GHOST TOWN SOUND song, every morning at 6am Pacific Time. Listen up to this great new all world radio station 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, broadcasting at 88.7FM El Cerrito and 97.7FM in San Pablo, along the San Francisco Bay rim while on the internet streaming globally here as worldOneradio with a listen live button here on the worldOneradio website.
A new Ohtahku (formerly spelled Otahku) special Coyomon Fillmore Mix, with a revamped video, was released on YouTube February 5th described as “a true story of where we’re coming from and where we’re going”. Steven Powell, as the Human Didgeridoo, did a GHOST TOWN SOUND Sonic ID for KGLT which also got posted on NPR’s website. Montana Public Radio’s Open Mic show with host T.C. Hirsch devoted an entire program, half interview, half music, to GHOST TOWN SOUND broadcast on KGPR June 28th with a re-broadcast on August 16th.
GHOST TOWN SOUND’s Montana appearances:
- Live at the FREE Summer Music Series, outdoors in the Great Falls Public Library Plaza, Tuesday August 16th at 7pm with Doug Sternberg and Steven Powell
- Live at the 2nd Annual Missouri River Music Festival with Doug & Steve, Saturday September 3rd at 3pm in Lakeside, MT (plus COEXISTENCE and 5 other bands)
Duppy Doug’s GHOST TOWN SOUND appearances:
- Live toasting at Chubby’s in Clancy MT Friday May 13th with the debut of Helena’s new reggae band COEXISTENCE led by Northern California native Todd Floyd
- Live toasting & songs for Reggae At The Lake at Kim’s Marina, Canyon Ferry MT Saturday July 23rd with COEXISTENCE and JUSTIN DILLAVOU, former lead singer for Missoula’s infamous ska band THE SKOIDATS
- Live toasting at the Paris Gibson Park Bandshell in Ohtahku Sunday September 25th as part of The Return of THE DJs OF RELATIVITY including MC SQUARED, WILEY COYOTE, & DJ GVay
American Ghost Town – Live At The Round Dance, the second song and video from GHOST TOWN SOUND, was released on YouTube December 3rd. (Comments & comedy by MC Gary Fox from the same Round Dance were released on a separate video of still photos on YouTube Dec. 2nd.) Recorded at the Dorothy Gopher Memorial Round Dance October 3rd, 2009 at the Family Living Center, Expo Park, Ohtahku, Montana. From a short set performed by Ghost Town Sound that evening, more of which is also available on video. The Round Dances were held as a community outreach, first initiated by Robert & Dorothy Gopher. Music from L. Perry. Toasted by Doug Wendt & Steven Powell. Video edited by Doug. Photos by Chuck Gremp, Steven, & Doug. 16mm film “Ghost Towns & Duppies” footage by Doug Wendt @ 1969. Round Dance photos taken at various Gopher Family functions circa 2007-2010. Other stills from Ghost Town Sound’s June 5th, 2009 appearance. The historic Gopher Family Peace Flag, handed down to the Gophers, originally from George Washington, is shown on display at a Round Dance in this video. Respect to all originators.
Three new videos from GHOST TOWN SOUND with audio recorded live at a Round Dance in October 2009 were released on this website (with five videos on the dvd version) on December 31st including the selections “Ohtahku”, “Buffalo Holocaust”, and “American Ghost Town”.
GHOST TOWN SOUND’s September Montana appearance:
- Live at the FREE First Friday Artwalk Reception for Deeling Gregory Friday September 3rd from 5-8pm doing several sets outside Amazing Toy’s Amazing Gallery, 515 Central Avenue, Great Falls performing “Ohtahku” plus other select and original songs with Steven Powell and Doug Sternberg
Duppy Doug and GHOST TOWN SOUND’s Northern California appearances in July:
- Live at the FREE 12th Annual World One Festival Saturday July 3rd from 5-7pm at Cerrito Vista Park, 950 Pomona Avenue, El Cerrito, where we debuted a new set of material. Doug, Steve, and Doug were joined by Jimmy Foot, Marc Wendt, Steve Galan, and Jake The Drummer. Gone clear!
- DJ band opened for FEMI KUTI at The Fillmore Saturday July 3rd 9-10pm, 1805 Geary, San Francisco
- DJ band throughout the day at the FREE 12th Annual World One Festival July 4th from 10am-7pm at Cerrito Vista Park, 950 Pomona Avenue, El Cerrito
- Live at Ashkenaz with David Gans’ project DEAD DREAMS, Thursday July 8th 9-10pm, 1317 San Pablo, Berkeley where the coming together of two former KFOG Adventure Hour DJs (“Midnight Dread” and “The Grateful Dead Hour”) with their live bands provided a night of wonderful sonic adventures. It was a gas!
Otahku, the first song and video from GHOST TOWN SOUND, was released on YouTube December 18th.
GHOST TOWN SOUND made a brief appearance for free Saturday October 3rd at the Dorothy Gopher Memorial Round Dance which took place in the Family Living Center, Montana Expo Park. A hearty complimentary dinner provided by the Gopher family followed just before the Round Dance that evening which included several groups of players. MC Gary Fox joined the Gopher family and several hundred others, singing and chanting until midnight. An Owl Dance, children’s circle and a speech from recently announced MT US Congressional candidate Melinda Gopher, Dorothy’s daughter, were among the many highlights. Elder spokesman Slim John expressed appreciation for our “Who Killed The Buffalo” song reminding us Buffalo Bill did not get them all.
Its local premiere was June 5th at the Alley Galleria, Great Falls, Montana. Poet Paul Zarzyski opened. Deeling Gregory and Steven Powell preceded the live concert with an Art Walk show and reception. Doug Wendt also did a GHOST TOWN DJ mix for the first time anywhere that same night
from the events’ press release:
GHOST TOWN SOUND is a new, live performance creation comprised of an eclectic mix of Western, Native American and Reggae Dub Poetry. It made its debut last July 4th at the Tenth Annual World One Festival in the San Francisco bay area and its Montana debut June 5th at Alley Galleria. GTS is fronted by Great Falls native Doug Wendt, who has been working in arts and music since producing radio shows on KUDI in GF in the 1960s. Doug received a Masters Degree in Filmmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1973. One of his shorts was shown on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. He’s worked on the Oscar nominated documentary MANDELA-Son Of Africa, Father Of A Nation and many other films.
Doug is most known internationally for his popular worldbeat dance parties which feature world music videos and custom edited images compiled by Doug projected onto large screens. DETAILS MAGAZINE hailed them as “Best Night Out In America”. His video set-up at 1997’s ARTI GRAS, a fund-raiser for Paris Gibson Square’s Museum Of Art at the Civic Center helped make that event a success. He was Station Manager/Program Director at KGPR from 1998-2002. His latest radio production, NATIVE SON RISING with music by and for indigenous peoples, is broadcast every weekday morning in the bay area by WORLD ONE RADIO. KGPR also regularly broadcasts NATIVE SON RISING, now in its tenth year.
Paul Zarzyski , recipient of the 2005 Montana Governor’s Arts Award for Literature, has been spurring the words wild across the open range of the page and calling it Poetry for over 35 years, a dozen or so during which he complemented the writing with bareback bronc riding on the rodeo circuit. He has been a featured performer at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, the National Storytelling Festival, the National Folk Festival, and has recited at The Library of Congress, Festival Hall in London, as well as on Garrison Keillor’s A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION. Since receiving an M.F.A. degree in creative writing from the University of Montana in 1976, Paul has authored 10 collections and has recorded 4 spoken-word CDs- WORDS GROWING WILD, THE GLORIOUS COMMOTION OF IT ALL, ROCK ‘n’ ROWEL, and COLLISIONS OF RECKLESS LOVE. His most recent publication, from OreanaBooks, titled WOLF TRACKS ON THE WELCOME MAT, received the 2004 Spur Award from The Western Writers of America.
Most recently, he co-wrote 7 of the 13 tracks, and performs a spoken-word 14th/hidden track (titled Bob Dylan Bronc Song), on singer-songwriter Wylie Gustafson’s 2009 CD, HANG-n-RATTLE!, recorded at the Cash Cabin Studio and produced by John Carter-Cash. Born and raised in Hurley, Wisconsin, Paul has called Montana home since 1973.
Deeling Gregory, who was born in Hawaii, honed her artistic technique at both Stanford University and the San Francisco Art Institute, living for many years in the bay area before moving to Great Falls ten years ago. She has exhibited her work locally and in California, with many of her paintings in private collections all over the world. Gregory previously opened her studio for various First Friday Art Walks. This will be her first major gallery show in GF. Deeling will be featuring large paintings that were influenced by the West and GHOST TOWN SOUND as well as recent works of scenes along the River’s Edge Trail and the White Cliffs of the Missouri.
Steve Powell, a Great Falls native, has been making art all his life, having been seen on the silver screen, national television, coffee shop walls, and at GHOST TOWN SOUND concerts where he sings, plays congas, and other instruments. Currently he is a non-traditional student of art at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. He was formerly with the 4West Art League and has participated in many Art Walks.
Local DJ and soundman Tim Green also assisted.
“Thanks to the internet a stranger, Daniel Orlick, rode into my virtual town when he found my website two years ago. He told me he spent a couple days there looking around and listening before sending me an email telling me I was unknowingly part of this new musical movement in England he was involved with called Country Dub, or C-Dub for short. He sent me several instrumental dub tracks to put vocals over and within a week I was improvising over them at the Gibson Park Bandshell summer DJ’s of Relativity series. I spent that winter in Great Falls writing more material, preparing for our debut, which was booked for the following July 4th’s World One Festival in Northern California. Steve Powell from GF accompanied me on that trip where we linked up with several top bay area musicians including Jimmy Foot from REGGAE JACKSON and THE RHYTH-O-MATICS (who also arranged tracks for the project), as well as Duane Van Dieman of Warner Brothers’ recording artists THE TAZMANIAN DEVILS (now known as TAZ), and a five other great players.
GHOST TOWN SOUND is conceived as a group that performs live yet also includes a strong DJ/VJ and dance element with dubplate rhythms on turntables plus projected moving images for ambience and emphasis. The GF debut will concentrate on the live set slightly expanded from what I did at World One with about a dozen or so selections. Local legend Dan Lewis, formerly of COLD HARD CASH, plays drums, bass and keyboards. Steve Powell adds vocals, guitar, congas, juice harp, and many other unusual sounds. I do the vocals and play percussion, guitar and turntables. We’re planning on having other top flight musicians as well. GHOST TOWN SOUND adds wide-eyed cowboy optimism to Indian spirituality and democratic traditions, grounding them with the heartbeat and social analysis of rastas. The lyrics are often about this place, Ohtahkoo, its history, Montana, the modern west and all kinds of ghost towns.” -Doug Wendt
GHOST TOWN SOUND world premiered as a 9 piece unit on July 4th, 2008 at the 10th Annual World One Festival in El Cerrito, California. DJ Doug Wendt’s WORLD BEAT also appeared there Thursday July 3rd, 2008 and at Club 33 Revolutions that same night.