Moe Bandy will perform August 21, 2010 on the Budweiser Stage at 9:30pm.
Bandy has worked long and hard for his success throughout the years. At one point he even pawned his furniture in order to finance one of his albums. He always kept on truckin’ through everything and wasn’t discouraged even when things didn’t seem to be going anywhere. Bandy just enjoyed performing and making music whenever he got a chance. His hard work and determination eventually paid off with numerous Top Ten hits and awards during the later part of his career.
He was born in Meridian, Ms, which is the birthplace of Jimmie Rodgers; who became one of the artists that inspired his music over the years. He moved to San Antonio, Tx at the age of six and became more interested in bull-riding than music in high school. After sustaining a number of injuries his dream was cut short, so after high school he took a job as a sheet metal worker and started playing in country nightclubs. Finally in 1964 he was offered a one-record deal with Satin Records and released “Lonely Lady” which sadly didn’t leave any lasting impressions. Undeterred Bandy kept playing in honky tonks all around Texas.
His next opportunity to produce a record came in 1972, when Bandy persuaded record producer Ray Baker to listen to some demo tapes after meeting him on a hunting trip. Baker agreed as long as Bandy paid for the recording sessions. Bandy jumped at the chance (and pawned his furniture), though once again the record fell flat.
The next year, however, he released “I Just Started Hatin’ Cheatin’ Songs Today” and it became a Top 20 hit along with several other singles including “It Was So Easy to Find an Unhappy Woman” (1974) and “Bandy the Rodeo Clown” (1975)
Bandy’s success took flight for the next decade. He produced some Top Ten hits which helped him win Most Promising Male Vocalist and Song of the Year. In 1979 he collaborated with Janie Fricke on “It’s a Cheatin’ Situation” which hit the charts at number three. Their album “Just Good Ol’ Boys” became one of the most popular albums of the year.
Bandy’s fame continued into the late 80s’ with Top Ten hits such as ”Till I’m Too Old to Die Young” (1987) and “Americana” (1988), which was chosen as presidential candidate George Bush’s campaign theme song and was performed at Bush’s Presidential Inauguration.
Always the performer, he opened the Moe Bandy Americana Theatre in Branson, MO in 1991, where he frequently performs “loving, cheating, drinking, and patriotic songs” with a sense of humor and his Americana Band.