THE UNCLE BILL ROACH BAND: Texas WeatherABOUT THE BAND
"The Uncle Bill Roach Band" was first put together by Mike Slagle in 1976. The band is named after Slagle's great uncle, Bill Roach, who attended yearly hootenannies at their home in Monkstown, Texas. All the members are proud to be native Texans and all are from generations of deep rooted family musical backgrounds.
The band has developed throughout the years. They may have some new members, but continue playing the same fun loving music that keeps fans tapping their toes and coming back to hear them again and again. They play Texas original music, country, bluegrass, classic rock, tropical, and a lot of FUN stuff!
I guess its Banjo Rockin' Country Texas Style with an Americana Twist,
The band proudly won 1st place show this year at Larry Joe Taylor's 16th Annual Texas Music Festival & Chili cook-off held in Stephenville, Texas. Almost 20,000 people attended. They were the 1st place winners last year and the 2nd place winners in 2002 when the festival was still held in Meridian, TX.
Mike Slagle plays banjo, keyboard, accordion, guitar and vocals. He is a singer songwriter. His newest CD is titled "TEXAS WEATHER". He said, "Wait a minute while listening to my CD and the music will change to a different style, Just like Texas weather does."
Mike was in the theater Rocky Mountain Review, in Durango, Colorado from 1975-76. In 1976 he started up the Uncle Bill Roach Band with a friend from the theater, but went on to play with Fire on the Mountain from 1976-78. Then he toured with Sage Brush from 1978-82. In 1982 Mike got the Uncle Bill Roach Band together, playing banjo and piano with Mark Fishback on bass, Mike Hines on guitar, and Walter Craig on drums. Wes Harris joined later on. Mike Slagle has played music with the Gatlin Brothers and Tina Mandrell, Ernest Tubbs and opened for David Allen Cole, Tommy Alverson, and Steve Fromholtz.
He lives on Lake Granbury with his wife Christina. Mike was also a carpenter. He built their 3 story home with a scenic view of Lake Granbury. He is also a fisherman extraordinaire. He wrote a song "Mazatlan" about the sailfish hanging on his wall.
He has worked for Home Depot for over 12 years, as a flooring estimator and specialist. They have 7 children, the oldest was born in 1978 and the youngest was born in 1990. And they are proud to have 2 grandchildren.
Mike Ford sings lead and harmony vocals and plays guitar. He has collaborated with Mike Slagle on the song "The Girl from the White Elephant Saloon." He also was with the band when they won 5th place show at Terlingua, World Champion Chili Cook-off.
And he was playing with the band when they received 1st place in 2004 & 2003 and 2nd place in 2002 at the Larry Joe Taylor Texas Music Festivals.
He is from Fort Worth, Texas. He owns horses, enjoys riding them with his girl friend Cindy. He plays a good game of golf. He is a specialized carpenter by trade.
He owns a fishing boat and enjoys catching fish. He went with Mike Slagle to Mazatlan, Mexico fishing and caught a 9 foot long sailfish. Both Mikes and the fish are pictured under the CD on their newest release, named "TEXAS WEATHER."
Dave Goodwin sings harmony vocals, plays fiddle, mandolin, and electric guitar. He played on the "Texas Weather" CD. Dave has played music with Mike Slagle for over 9 years and is just like part of the family. He attends the family hootenannies at Thanksgiving each year.
He is living in the country, in Midlothian, TX. He commutes to work in Las Colinus everyday, and has worked for the same company over 30years in the customer service department. He enjoys watching sports on TV, taking digital pictures and
E-mailing. He tells stories about his rattlesnake hunting adventures.
Jerry Howeth plays drums for the band He has played drums for the Lost Camels and toured with Clint Black. Jerry and his wife, Thui, have 2 boys, 9 years and 3years old.
They live in Fort Worth. He is an Insurance salesman. He enjoys golf and plays very well. Jerry played on the newest CD.
Tim Rivera plays harmonica and percussion with the band. He is well known in the Chili cook-off and music festival circuit as a great musician. He has played on Tommy Alverson's CD. He also played on the bands newest CD "Texas Weather". At LJT's Texas music festival he was seen at the campfires where good music was being played. He lives in Hurst, TX. He works in the medical field, when he is not playing music.
Dan Guthrie, the newest member of the band plays bass. He was with the band this year at the 16th Annual music festival and helped them win 1st place show. He has played with a Christian band named, The New Addition and the Texas band Bandera. Dan has opened for Edgar Winters and Beringer. His musical influences were Elvis and Dwight Yoakum. He enjoys dancing, likes fishing and camping. Dan drives a truck for FED-EX when the bands not playing. He and his wife are building a new home in Bluffdale, TX
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1. What its All About 3:3
2. The Girl from the White Elephant Saloon3:09
3. Winchester '73 3:2
5. A Song for Daddy: Greencorn 3:25
6. Jamaican Me Crazy 3:27
7. Fishing for Time 3:1
9. Beer Belly Blues 2:37
10. Medina Lake Tragedy 3:18
11. Ol' Joe Clark 2
12. Goin' Back to Cowtown 3:02