The Imaginary Band

The Imaginary Band

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From vintage crunch to bouyant acoustic driven lyrical and original american rock.

Biography

An eclectic East Texas based rock group, The Imaginary Band has been a work in progress for nearly 27 years. They're currently enjoying their first outing as a trio.

JD and Elbert first met and played together in 1979, beginning "phase one" of The Imaginary Band. Stacy, always late for practice, came along in 1985. They've been together off and on ever since, always managing to pick up wherever they last left off. Over time each member has gone astray, wandering off to self-indulge in this or that fleeting flirtation and odd one night stand with other bands and musical projects, inevitably coming back to their senses and The Imaginary Band - a trend-defying bastion of timelessness, that is altogether spirited, thoughtful, rocking, atmospheric, engaging and real.

In February of 2004, after another lengthy hiatus, the three met in an old abandoned (and haunted) movie theater in Tyler, Texas, to jam "just for the fun of it." This soon turned into pre-production for "Old Soul Shine," their first CD, recorded with producer, engineer, and musician Bob Gentry.

The band, being a mix of diverse talents and influences, often defies a clear cut description or comparison. Nevertheless, people have detected traces and hints of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Tom Petty, and REM threading through the group's original songs. And the band will often toss in a cover tune by one or the other of the aforementioned artists to give listeners a point of reference. Just in case people were wondering where these guys are coming from.

One thing that separates this band from so many others is their long and storied history, and the fact that they are almost telepathically tight, both musically and as friends. They each have come back to The Imaginary Band interested only in playing this music with these musicians simply for the love of it, all the rest is just frosting on the cake.

The Imaginary Band (aka Field Trip 1994 to 1996)
Has played in support of:
Delbert McClinton
Asleep at the Wheel
Rusty Weir
Mouse and the Traps
Bugs Henderson
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Chris Duarte
Moon Festival
The Nixons
Quikserv Johnny
The Skastafarians
The Bramhall Brothers
Phil Pritchett
Did Lee Squat?

www.myspace.com/imaginarybandtx

Lyrics

Old Soul Shine

Written By: James Dixon

The Kid came down with a frown that he found
With the new beaten attitude
He fakes a line with a rhyme, in his mind
It's manna for the multitudes
But he's gonna be all right
Once he lets the old soul shine
Letting the Old Soul Shine...

The Kid gets real when he feels real fulfilled
With the rush of creative flow
It lets him fly through the lie till his eyes
See past the pose he soon outgrows
He'll withstand the tests of time
Once he lets the old soul shine
Letting the Old Soul Shine...

He took himself too seriously
It wore thin eventually
Now he's taking it lighter
Catching on fire
Letting the Old Soul Shine...

Cappuccino

Written By: James Dixon

Remember we, that's you and me,
Were hanging out at Les Amis
It was quite a scene when all us fiends
Were getting our fix of fresh caffeine
Cappuccino...

Everyone came sunshine or rain
Filling cups with more of the same
It felt good to you, I felt it too
We all got up when caffeine came through
Cappuccino...

Some of us wrote some of us smoked
Some of us sowed our wild oats
Some books were read, some things were said
When caffeine started to reach the head
Cappuccino...

Next time we meet on Austin streets
Let's go down the drag and take a seat
It's upon my mind there's always time
For cappuccinos with friends of mind
Cappuccino...

Where waiting for the waitress
Is like waiting for Godot
I know, I know you know
You know you know
And we both know
Cappuccino...

The Drive

Written By: James Dixon

Passing one more mile marker
With so many more to go
The sky is slowly grower darker
As I move further on down the road
I keep enjoying the ride
Knowing you are there waiting
I would never mind making
The Drive

My heart is the navigator
With love like the Northern Star
So very soon or maybe later
I will be coming to where you are
It’s just a matter of time
Before the love and laughter
You and I will share after
The Drive

Wheels turning all day and night
Out to the end of the earth
I feel you are more than worth
The Drive

(break)

Wheels turning all day and night
Out to the end of the earth
I feel you are more than worth
The Drive

Passing one more mile marker
With so many more to go
The sky is slowly grower darker
As I move further on down the road
I keep enjoying the ride
Knowing you are there waiting
I would never mind making
The Drive
I would never mind making
The Drive…

Discography

Old Soul Shine (CD) The Imaginary Band
16 original songs released in 2007.

Field Trip (Cassette) Field Trip (after a brief name change)
6 original songs released in 1994.
Some national airplay for "Cappuccino."
The video for this song played on the Austin Music Channel for some time afterwards.

Drive Time / Dictators of Cool (Single) The Imaginary Band.
2 original songs released in 1987 on vinyl only.

Set List

(Recent Sets one night in October 2007)

Old Soul Shine
Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (Animals)
Cappuccino
Don’t Wait Up For Me
I Will Only Have Myself to Blame
Lazarus Rising
The Well
Walk Away Renee (The Left Banke)
Dear Prudence (The Beatles)
Ticket to Ride (The Beatles)
(No. 3) Savile Row
Color Run
Yesterday Man
These Strange Gifts
Nothin’ I Wouldn’t Do
Drive

Less Than Your Ideal Man
Everything I Want (Out of My Life)
In Your Own Sweet Time
Right Place Wrong Time (Dr. John)
Just Another Good Time
Out There In Nowhere
Everybody Knows This is Nowhere (Neil Young)
Cinnamon Girl (Neil Young)
Under the Milky Way (The Church)
Looking For Virginia
Don’t Look For Love
Flake
The Last Time (Rolling Stones)
Let's Get Nasty / Oh Yeah
Mr. Soul (Buffalo Springfield)
Under My Thumb (The Rolling Stones)

All songs original unless otherwise noted.

Although the band prefers to play long sets of an hour or more, they can expand or contract the playing time to