Episode 7 - Are You Ready for the Mountains? Introducing Tumbleweed Records


Tumbleweed was founded by Bill Symczyk and Larry Ray, which at that time worked for ABC-Dunhill but because of fears for a major earthquake in LA in the early 70s they decided to move to Denver, Colorado where the new label had its office. All of the recordings however were still done in studios in LA with seasoned studio pros backing the label artists. The whole project was paid for by Gulf+Western, which kept the party going for 2 years until the money ran out and the label folded in 1973. At that time Tumbleweed Records had released 9 albums and recorded many more, which until this day remains unreleased. The story of Tumbleweed Records is both unusual and entertaining and it seemed to have been a great time for everyone involved where not only the recordings but also the extensive partying was sponsored by Gulf+Western. Apart from that the label also succeeded in releasing some great music and in this episode we will play six of the most interesting albums (the seventh and last artist was not on Tumbleweed but has a distant connection to it, as you will hear in the episode).

Danny Holien-s/t (1972)
Arthur Gee-s/t (1971)
-Dawn of Time
Robb Kunkel-Abyss (1973)
-You Were the Morning
Dewey Terry-Chief (1972)
-Sweet As Spring
Rudy Romero-To the World (1973)
-Simple Things
Pete McCabe-The Man Who Ate the Plant (1973)
-Magic Box*
Ruthie Allen-Colorado Folk vol II (1974)
-Bow and Arrow

*In my excitement during the show I (Martin) mix up the song title Magic Box with Music Box, which is another song on the album but it's not the song we play. The actual titel of the song in the show is Magic Box and nothing else.

More info:

Here is an interview with Robb Kunkel telling the story of Tumbleweed and all of its releases.

Pete McCabe is still active as a musician so check out his webpage and here you can read an interesting interview with him.