Still Rockin'

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In the mid-'60s there were a number of bands using the Coachmen name, but the best known of these outfits was based in Lincoln, NE. The original five band members were Eric Bell, Red Freeman, Craig Perkins, Jeff Travis, and Bruce Watson. The band played in a melodic beat rock style and concentrated on original material and cover versions of popular hits of the time in their shows. In 1965, the band cut one of their own compositions, "Mr. Moon," that became a sizable hit in the Midwest and earned the Coachmen a place in the annals of American rock & roll history. The band became so popular in Nebraska that they hosted their own local TV show, #The Coachmen Show, in Omaha, where they performed their own hits and featured guest appearances by other local bands. The program lasted for six months during the band's heyday. Although the band never released an album of material, their original 45 rpm singles have become quite collectable and have been featured on many '60s compilations over the years. In 1997, the original band members reunited to perform at the Nebraska Rocks concert, and were inducted into the Nebraska Music Hall of Fame. The response to this reunion was so well received that the band decided to record an album of their songs. Still Rockin' is a collection of 20 songs performed by the Coachmen. While 15 of the tracks on this album are newly recorded covers and originals ("Stand Tall," "Heartland"), the CD also contains five original songs by the band recorded between 1965-1967 and a 1999 remake of the hit "Mr. Moon." This compilation of material is a must for any fan of '60s beat garage music, and with the release of this material on CD, it provides another chapter of American music to the public that was previously only available to collectors on rare, high-priced 45 rpm singles.

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