About the time I got into my mid to late 20s, I met up with a fellow named John. John was into country music in a big (but amateur) way and we started singing and playing guitars together. He sounded a little like Buck Owens and I found I could harmonize with him easily. We went to a few jam sessions as a duo and got a little notice in the Vancouver area.
Eventually, we decided to form a band. For a name, we thought we’d name it (sort of) after a local trailer rental company called Easy Tow and maybe get a discount on a trailer to haul our equipment. Didn’t happen, but we kind of liked the name. So “Easy Toe” was born.
We recruited a bass player and a drummer and started playing around the local Legions and such. We became probably the favourite band of several Legions and were booked solid for weeks at a time (mostly weekends). John and I were both working day jobs so some of the gigs (especially the ones out away from the city) were a little tiring. Still, the band survived through several personnel changes and carried on for several years.
One day, we played a daytime concert at a local summer camp and John, for unknown reasons, didn’t show up. As showtime got closer, I had to step up and sing lead. Fortunately, I knew most of the songs well enough to fake it. After that, I led the band and did the singing and lead playing. Up until then, I’d mostly stayed in the background with my bands. So I guess I owe my later career all to John (wherever the booger went).
Easy Toe lasted into my college years (I went as a “mature student” in my late 20s), followed by a brief hiatus while I tried to live a “normal” life and even became a teacher for about a year. But that’s another story.
We’ll continue this saga (maybe) later. Thanks for reading.
[PS – my technical assistant/bookkeeper/wife just checked online, and it appears that Easy Tow is no more. Guess they gave up in despair when the band disbanded…]