ATN is sad to report that Country Dick Montana, the drummer and vocalist for what is probably the one of the preeminent bar bands in the world, the Beat Farmers, died on November 8 at the age of 40, on-stage, while the Beat Farme
rs were performing at the Longhorn Saloon in Whistler, British Columbia in front of a sold-out crowd. According to Montana's label, Sector 2 Records, the cause of death was an apparent heart attack, and he was pronounced dead at 11:40 PM (PST).
Montana began his career in the music business when he not only ran one of the first underground record stores in San Diego but led the Kinks Preservation Society. Jumping out of the frying pan, into the fire, he went on to join the garage rock the Crawd
addies, releasing two albums along the way. Moonlighting as always, he also performed with the San Diego band The Penetrators before forming the Beat Farmers in 1983. The band released Tales Of The New Weston Rhino Records in 1985, before moving o
nto Curb/MCA where they released two studio albums, a live album, and a "Best Of" collection. Most recently the Beat Farmers found a home at Sector 2 Records in Austin, Texas, where they put out Manifold and recorded a Country Dick solo album that
is due out early next year.
We are all saddened by this untimely death, but Tom Ames, the road manager for the Beat Farmers perhaps said it best: "He died on-stage, doing what he lived in front of a sold out crowd."