another member

Conyers, GA

#21 Aug 28, 2009
That evening will live in infamy. Adell will never be the same. I have done some Christian inspirational song writing/recording and some Christian ministry over the years. Jon and I will be going into the studio hopefully in January '10 to start a 10-song project. The theme is Mandarin, FLA.
just observing

Welsh, LA

#22 Aug 28, 2009
another member wrote:
That evening will live in infamy. Adell will never be the same. I have done some Christian inspirational song writing/recording and some Christian ministry over the years. Jon and I will be going into the studio hopefully in January '10 to start a 10-song project. The theme is Mandarin, FLA.
That is great...I was praise & worship leader in church for just over 25 years. I would love to hear your music, do you have a link or Myspace or such?
frank burdges

Saint Augustine, FL

#23 Sep 6, 2009
I was the original drummer and bus driver along with Mother Webb. I remember Adell like it was yesterday. I think the cops gave us 20 min. to get out of town(" and dont come back"). We all helped load the equipment( plus a little extra) our roady, Timmy needed some help. As if things were not bad enough, the bus wouldnt start(good thing we parked on a downgrade).I still play but I went back to guitar(less to carry). Frank Burdges
Steve

United States

#24 Sep 6, 2009
Ah the bus with the dual ignition system ...two persons required ...the driver.. and his co-pilot at the rear of the bus tapping on the engine's solenoid.
frank burdges

Saint Augustine, FL

#25 Sep 6, 2009
just observing wrote:
<quoted text> Yes...we had several drummers & the only one I remember was Ricky...I played sax along with Donn...we also had 2 trumpet players whose names escape me & a bass player named Barry...who was it you dated?
I was the original drummer(Frank Burdges) Bart Barry played bass Roger Walker and Rick Silves played trumpet,Sam Lambert sax, Mother Webb keyboards and my co-bus driver.
just observing

Sunset, LA

#26 Sep 7, 2009
frank burdges wrote:
<quoted text>
I was the original drummer(Frank Burdges) Bart Barry played bass Roger Walker and Rick Silves played trumpet,Sam Lambert sax, Mother Webb keyboards and my co-bus driver.
Sorry bout that....I remembered after your post. I could see your face in my mind, but your name escaped me. I hope the years has been good for you.
Didn't my brother also drive on the trip to Virginia when we billed as the Outsiders?
just observing

Sunset, LA

#27 Sep 7, 2009
any one have any pictures?
This is Sam requesting.
mandarin

Jacksonville, FL

#29 Oct 11, 2009
Hey Jon and Charlie. You guys ruled at Grace Chapel.
Curt Deal
Rod Highsmith

Port Saint Lucie, FL

#30 Oct 18, 2009
I left for college in 1967, but I played in a number of Dru's bands and The Rowe brothers were named after Chuck Rowe (and his brother) who played and sang with us before Dru and I could drive a car. Chuck was a great soul singer, who could mimic Tom Jones to a "T". He and his brother were doing an Everly Brothers tribute act, until Dru convinced them to join up with a bunch of 15 year olds. I came back to the beach one time in late 1968 and saw the old Flexi painted up to look like the Allmans bus, but the Rowe brothers had left for their home in Michigan long before then.
Jerry Mayfield

Mexico

#31 Oct 29, 2010
just observing wrote:
I'm looking for anyone who was around in the late sixties & remembers & has any pictures of the Rowe Brothers Band.
I performed with the Rowe brothers band in Flowermound, Tex. at the Circle R Dude ranch Years ago. I have pictures of the band with Leon Rausch. They are: Hank, Luke, Jack Earl, Thunder and Guy. Also their sister Louise. I still do a country show every saturday night in Chapala, Mexico. Come down and join me.
Cheryl

Newport Beach, CA

#32 Jun 17, 2011
These guys you are talking about were my granddad and my great uncles and aunt. aunt Louse is the only one still around. She lives in Texas.
Jerry Mayfield wrote:
<quoted text> I performed with the Rowe brothers band in Flowermound, Tex. at the Circle R Dude ranch Years ago. I have pictures of the band with Leon Rausch. They are: Hank, Luke, Jack Earl, Thunder and Guy. Also their sister Louise. I still do a country show every saturday night in Chapala, Mexico. Come down and join me.
sam lambert

Basile, LA

#33 Jun 17, 2011
Jerry Mayfield wrote:
<quoted text> I performed with the Rowe brothers band in Flowermound, Tex. at the Circle R Dude ranch Years ago. I have pictures of the band with Leon Rausch. They are: Hank, Luke, Jack Earl, Thunder and Guy. Also their sister Louise. I still do a country show every saturday night in Chapala, Mexico. Come down and join me.
I think that must be a different band...we were out of Jacksonville, Fla late 60's
john lane

Marietta, GA

#34 Aug 28, 2011
Saw this post on the Rowe Bros and became a little nostalgic. I played bass in the RBB in 67 leaving the group in 68 after my father died. Bart Barry was the bassist prior to and after I left the group. The members during my tenure was: Dru (of course) Ken Webb (farfisa organ and baby sitter), Frank Burdges (drums), Rick Mann, Roger Walker & Mike Silvis (trumpets) and Sam Lambert (the crazy cajun) on sax). Chuck Rowe was the singer but kinda of lost interest in the group (it was thought mostly because of his girlfriend) at the time. Dru and Ken took up the vocals at that point and everyone sang backup. Tim Sidey was our roadie and worked his tail off.
We practiced in a mobile home off Beach Blvd. across the street from the old Jackson's BarBQ rest.
We played locally at Grace Chapel and other local venues but had the most fun when we went out of town. We played alot of Ga dates (Millen, Statesboro, Swainsboro). On the way to and back from distant dates we had road wars between the 2 vehicles (the Econoline van with holes in the floorboard and Kens's Chevy station wagon. We did the stupidest things you could imagine (egg ambush attacks, oil can wars to name a few). By the time we got home we had to deep clean the vehicles. Winter trips were definitely tough due to the holes in the van floorboard making it very cold. Frank usually drove the van and he drafted behind semis to save gas. We usually ended up with $10-$15 after a date do the expenses (and repairs). In Millen (I think) Dru broke a plate glass window when he flipped out when we were locked out of the room in our skivees and it was cold as hell. We had wars in the rooms at night too. No one wanted to bunk up with Dru because ...well we just didn't.
One night after playing locally, the horn sections was driving some girls home in the van after dropping off some members, they took a short cut and went off a short 8-10 ft drop at the end of a street, All the equipment came forward on top of them and there were injuries but no deaths (somehow).

I remember a ton of stories a had a blast and this comment is way too long. I saw Dru, Mike and Rick at the Fletcher's 30th class reunion. Good to see Dru before he passed away. We did stay in touch by email until his had his heart attack.

I hope all of the "Brothers" are well. It was a good time to grow up.
Bob in Arizona

Phoenix, AZ

#35 Jun 3, 2012
I met the Rowes of LJ and his wife, Lighting and his wife, Luke and Louise.

It was a wonderful experience to film them at the Greater Arizona Country Music Association and Hall of Fame in 1999. I have two hours and fun fill and shared time of wonderful players.

Lighting would join in and play and I am over joyed to have Bubbles in My Beer with twinning Fiddles, lead guitar and hand made dule steel guitar by Kyle. Wow what a sound to enjoy when they were here.

I pray for the families of the Rowes and wish them well.

Thanks Louise for the signed copy of the 70 years of the Rowe Brothers that Donny gave me from you.

I hope life doesn' get you down.

Best Regards,

Robert
Bob in Arizona

Phoenix, AZ

#36 Jun 3, 2012
I met the following Rowe member in Arizona in 1999 at the Greater Arizona Country Music Association and Hall of Fame that Donny started in the early 1990's.

I met LJ and his wife, Lighting and his wife, Luke and Louise. They were such warm and friendly, down home people.

It was a wonderful experience to film all of them at the Greater Arizona Country Music Association and Hall of Fame annual awards banquet in July 1999 in Humbolt Arizona in Yavapai county. They meet at the Moose Lodge in Prescott Valley now.

Anyway, I have two hours of fun filled music experience of wonderful players that didn't seem to care to sit in with any band and join in.

I am sure all that good food helped their endurence.

LJ sang many swing songs. Luke played guitar, and Loiuse sang her Little Red Wagon song.

Light'n sat in with quite a few band and Boiled the Cabbage Down, Orange Blossem Special, Bubbles in my Beer with twin fiddles, and twin Lead guitar with Kyle playing his hand made steel in twin.

Kyle H. Informed me that he learned his steel playing from Lefty Frazel (spell?)

I have blabbed enought.

I pray for the families of the Rowes and wish them well.

Thanks Louise for the signed copy of the 70 years of the Rowe Brothers that Donny gave me from you.

I hope life doesn' get you down.

Best Regards,

Robert
Jerald Caldwell

Rossville, GA

#37 Apr 13, 2013
just observing wrote:
<quoted text> Was that the lynch mob that thought we were mocking Jesus & wanted to hurt us? We had to pack up & get outta dodge Or face the wrath of about 100 angry high school students! Or was it the marines who shot up the old 1946 flex? I tell you, the Lord had to have His hand on me in some of those incidents....There were experiences, that today I would write off as foolishness of youth, but I will always keep them in mind & heart as special moments in my life's crazy journey. Did you do anything with your music? I don't mean to pry, I'm just curious.
I worked with Jon Leonardy at a place called Wesley Manor back when I was in high school in the 1960's Jacksonville, Florida, and I remember Jon coming in to work one day talking about the Adel incident and about how they were going to beat you guys up. If I remember correctly Jon shouted out over the mic "SPOTLIGHTS ON JESUS CHRIST", or something of the sort and if made them angry enough to practically want to lynch you. It's funny that after all these years I can still remember Jon talking about that incident. After about almost 45 years I can still remember the name of the Strange Brew band too. You guys were pretty good.
Jerald Caldwell

Rossville, GA

#38 Apr 13, 2013
Jon Leonardy wrote:
<quoted text>
Gloria, I knew your father and uncle Larry from the Rowe Bros. band along with Sam Lambert & Dru Lombar. I am saddened to hear he has passed because Charlie Mudge and I always make an effort to try and find our old friends and spoke to him about 20 years ago on the phone when he was living in Macon. Unfortunately we somehow lost track of him. Absolutely one of the finest musicians I have ever played with and had hoped to again one day. Please feel free to email me at leonardyfam@sbcglobal.net He was an original through & through.
Hi Jon. I used to work with you years ago during high school in the 1960's Jacksonville, Florida at a place called Wesley Manor and I can still remember you coming in to work talking about Strange Brew and about the incident in Adel, Georgia where you almost sparked a riot and caused the locals there to almost lynch you guys for mocking Jesus Christ. It's funny that after almost 45 years I can still remember all that. It's good to see your name again and to see that you're alive and kicking. How's your bass playing?
Roger Walker

Jacksonville Beach, FL

#39 Aug 14, 2013
Wow! Forgot about the van. Sam and I were taking 2 , lets say lovely young maidens out for a "Parking" lesson when we found a deep ditch. The van ended up upside down with water coming in. It was a mad scramble to get out before we drowned. Once out we realized that the water was only 2 feet deep. So much for drowning and that was the end of the van for sure. I've never forgotten Adele either. People think I'm lying when I tell that story, so I quit telling it. Now it's verified. Mike Silvis and I went on to work for the Jax Fire Dept. He retired a capt in Rescue and I retired a chief in combat. Both after over 30 years. Hello Sam, you animal you. Glad you found the Lord. Frank, can't believe we haven't run into each other, would like to see you again. Talk over old memories over a cool one. Strange Brew was the best 3 piece group you ever heard. I have some pics of the group somewhere and Mike has pics and-- yes TAPES of some of our demos. Will try to post in near future. Best to all Roger on trumpet.
SamLambert

Eunice, LA

#40 Oct 2, 2013
SamLambert

Eunice, LA

#41 Oct 2, 2013
Roger Walker wrote:
Wow! Forgot about the van.
I had forgotten that it was you with me in the van....either you or I had decided to let one of the girls drive, and it was she who ran into the gulley (bayou) or whatever it was...I still have the scar on my knee from that accident..I took the blame for her & actually went to jail. There was a lot of crazy stories come from those days...If you have any pics or music, contact me, my family would love to see them.

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