The Uncle Bill Roach Band   Mike Slagle

The Uncle Bill Roach Band Mike Slagle

BandCountryAmericana

FUN PARTY BAND playing Banjo Rockin' Country with an Americana twist doneTexas Music Style Similar to Charlie Daniels,Jimmy Buffet, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Ray Wylie Hubbard. 1st place show winners 3 times at the LJT annual Texas Music Festival nearly 20,000 people attend yearly.

Biography

ABOUT 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 year before,and the 2nd place winners in 2002 when the festival was still held in Meridian, TX.

BIOS

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 sounds like Charlie Daniels and Jimmy Buffet fused together.

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 18 years, at Contractor Sales and 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.

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, Thuy (Tweetie), have 2 boys, and a girl.
They live in Fort Worth. He is an Insurance salesman. He enjoys golf and plays Darts very well. Jerry played on the newest CD.

a hired gun for the band is
Eric Tull is an Amazing Fiddle player that adds so much energy to the band...his music sounds like Charlie Daniels ...very upbeat and a Blast to watch jumping around on Stage. He has played music since he was 4 years old. He has played on the Grand Ol Opry and toured with the Best. He has Beat cancer and has had 38 surgery's and he is
only 35 years old. He is an inspiration to all !
Eric has a beautiful wife named Star and 2 girls and a boy. They reside in Tolar, Texas.

We have a hired gun that plays a bass guitar"

Lyrics

WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT

Written By: MIKE SLAGLE

WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT
WORDS AND MUSIC BY MIKE SLAGLE

WELL I GUESS THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’BETTER
THAN GETTING’ ALL YOUR FRIENDS TOGETHER
AN’ GOIN’ DOWN TO PARTY WITH OL’ LARRY JOE
SO PACK UP YOUR TENT, LOAD UP THE CAR
GET SOME NEW STRINGS FOR YOUR GUITAR
AN’ DON’T FORGET TO GRAB YOUR OL’ BANJO

AND SITTIN’AROUND THE CAMPFIRE
PLAYIN’ MUSIC WITH YOUR FRIENDS
YOU KNOW THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT
HEY HEY HEY THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT

I REMEMBER LATE ONE NIGHT I WAS A PICKIN’ AN’ A GRINNIN’
I LOOKED UP AN’ HERE COMES JOE PAT HENNEN
HE JUST WANTED TO HEAR SOME OL’ JOE CLARK
WELL THEN LARRY JOE N’ RUSTY THEY CAME DOWN
WE PASSED THEM SONGS ALL AROUND
WE FILLED THE AIR WITH MUSIC THERE IN THE DARK

AND SITTIN’ AROUND THE CAMPFIRE
PLAYIN’ MUSIC WITH YOUR FRIENDS
YOU KNOW THAT’ WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT
HEY HEY HEY THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT

I REMEMBER THE YEAR THEM STRAGGLERS CAME ‘ROUND
WE GOT REAL DRUNK AN’ WE GOT DOWN
WE PLAYED BLUEGRASS ‘TILL THE BREAK O’ DAY
SO IF YOU’RE FEELIN’ YOUNG AN’ YOU’RE FEELIN’ FREE
AN’ YOU WANNA EXPERIENCE A LITTLE TEXAS HISTORY
HEAD ON OUT DOWN THAT OL’ HIGHWAY

AND SITTIN’ AROUND THE CAMPFIRE
PLAYIN’ MUSIC WITH YOUR FRIENDS
YOU KNOW THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT
HEY HEY HEY THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT
YOU KNOW THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKIN’ ABOUT

THE GIRL FROM THE WHITE ELEPHANT SALOON

Written By: MIKE SLAGLE and MIKE FORD

THE GIRL FROM
THE WHITE ELEPHANT SALOON
WORDS AND MUSIC BY MIKE SLAGLE & MIKE FORD

AT A BAR DOWN ON OL’ EAST EXCHANGE
I SAW HER FROM THE BACK
SHE WAS A DRINKIN’ JOHNNY WALKER,
I COULD TELL SHE DIDN’T KNOW JACK

SO I SAT DOWN AT HER TABLE,
AN’ I BOUGHT HER A BEER
SHE SAID LET’S DANCE,
BY THE WAY COWBOY,
WHAT BRINGS YOU IN HERE?

SO WE TWIRLED AROUND THE DANCE FLOOR
TO THE SONGS OF GARY P. NUNN
AN’ ALL THEM COWBOYS WATCHED
AS WE WAS HAVIN’ TOO MUCH FUN
THAT BARTENDER HOLLARED OUT LAST CALL
AN’ I RAN FOR A BEER
WHEN I COME BACK TO THE TABLE MAN
SHE HAD DISAPPEARED

(CHORUS)
SHE WAS LONG AN’ LEAN AN’ LOVELY
AN’ THEM ROCKIES CALLED MY NAME
SHE HAD ME FEELIN’ ALMOST TEN FEET TALL
WONDERIN’ IF SHE FELT THE SAME
SHE DANCED INTO MY HEART THAT NIGHT
BENEATH THE TEXAS MOON
SHE WAS THE GIRL FROM THE WHITE ELEPHANT SALOON

WELL I’VE GONE BACK THERE TO FIND THAT GIRL
A THOUSAND TIMES OR MORE
BUT I’VE NEVER SEEN THAT LOVELY FACE
COME WALKIN’ THROUGH THAT DOOR
SHE’S PROBABLY IN SOME OTHER HONKY TONK
BREAKIN’ SOME OTHER COWBOY’S HEART
MAYBE I WAS JUST A DREAMIN’
MAYBE I’M IN THE WRONG BAR

(CHORUS)

SHE WAS THE GIRL FROM THE WHITE ELEPHANT SALOON

FISHIN’ FOR TIME

Written By: MIKE SLAGLE

FISHIN’ FOR TIME
WORDS & MUSIC BY MIKE SLAGLE

I BEEN STANDIN’ AT THE TRACKS
WAITIN’ FOR A TRAIN
WORKIN’ MY DAY JOB GOIN’ INSANE
LOOKIN’ AHEAD ‘N THEN LOOKIN’ BACK
I DIDN’T SEE THE SMOKE
I DIDN’T FEEL THE RUMBLE
NOW I REALIZE WHERE I STUMBLED
I WAS STANDIN’ ON A DESERTED TRACK

I BEEN TROLLIN’ THRU LIFE
TRYIN’ TO GET ME A BITE
BUT SOMETHIN’ DIDN’T FEEL JUST QUITE RIGHT
SO I REELED MY LINE IN JUST TO TAKE A LOOK
I GOT BAIT ON MY LEFT, BAIT ON MY RIGHT,
BAIT ON MY MIND EVERY DAY AND NITE
BUT I DIDN’T HAVE NO BAIT ON MY HOOK

I BEEN FISHIN’ FOR TIME WITH A WISHIN’LINE
CAST IT ALL BACK INTO THE SEA

THEN I TALKED ONE NITE
WITH A MAN NAMED HUBBARD
HE TOLD ME THINGS I NEVER LEARNED
FROM MY MOTHER
HE SAID YOU GOTTA TAKE THEM
NASHVILLE WAYS ‘N TRASH ‘EM
IT’S GOTTA COME FROM WITHIN,
DEEP DOWN IN A HOLE
IT’S PART OF YOUR BLOOD
BUT IT’S ALL OF YOUR SOUL
SOMEWHERE BETWEEN
BRIDLED PASSION ‘N RECKLESS ABANDON

NO MORE FISHIN’ FOR TIME WITH A WISHIN’ LINE
CASTIN’ IT ALL BACK INTO THE SEA

JAMAICAN ME CRAZY

Written By: Mike Slagle

JAMAICAN ME CRAZY
WORDS AND MUSIC BY MIKE SLAGLE

I SET SAIL ON A CARRIBEAN CRUISE
AFTER HEARING STORIES OF ROMANCE
I MET THIS CUTE LITTLE ISLAND GIRL,
SHE HAD A BOTTLE OF RUM,
SHE HAD SOME TIGHT PANTS
WE STARTED DRINKIN’
AN’ WE STARTED DANCIN’
WE FELL IN LOVE THAT NIGHT
I MARRIED THAT GIRL
THEN I MOVED TO HER WORLD
I THOUGHT EVERYTHING WAS ALRIGHT

SO I GOT ME A JOB CRACKIN’ OYSTERS
AT NIGHT DOWN AT THE LOCAL FISH FACTORY
BUT SHE WAS HANGIN’ OUT IN THEM BARS ON THE BEACH STUMBLIN’HOME AROUND TWO OR THREE
WELL MY SINK WAS ALWAYS FULL OF DISHES,
DIRTY CLOTHES ALL OVER THE FLOOR
I SAID TO MYSELF: SELF, THINK OF YOURSELF,
MAN THERE’S GOTTA BE SOMETHING MORE

SHE WAS JAMAICAN SHE WAS JAMAICAN ME CRAZY
SHE WAS A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN
BUT SHE WAS JUST TOO DAMN LAZY
I’M GOIN’ BACK TO THE LAND THAT I LOVE SO DEAR
GET ME A HOT TEXAS WOMAN AN’ A COLD SHINER BEER

SO IF YOU’RE GOIN’ DOWN TO JAMAICA
GONNA HAVE YOURSELF A LITTLE FUN
THINK OF ALL THE THINGS THAT CAN HAPPEN
TO YOU WHEN YOU DRINK THAT CARRIBEAN RUM
DON’T FALL IN LOVE WITH SOME JAMAICAN GIRL,
DON’T STAY WHEN IT’S TIME TO LEAVE
GETCHER ASS BACK TO TEXAS MAN
REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED TO ME

SHE WAS JAMAICAN SHE WAS JAMAICAN ME CRAZY
SHE WAS A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN
BUT SHE WAS JUST TOO DAMN LAZY
I’M GOIN’ BACK TO THE LAND THAT I LOVE SO DEAR
GET ME A HOT TEXAS WOMAN AN’ A COLD SHINER BEER
WHAT AM I DOIN’ HERE?
GET ME THE HELL OUTA HERE

A SONG FOR DADDY: GREENCORN

Written By: MIKE SLAGLE


WELL MY DADDY TOOK ME HUNTIN’,
MY DADDY TOOK ME CAMPIN’,
MY DADDY TOOK ME FISHIN’ A LOT
AND HE TAUGHT ME HOW TO HAMMER
‘N HOW TO THROW A BALL
AN’ HE TAUGHT ME HOW TO TIE A LOTTA KNOTS
WELL HE TAUGHT ME TO BE KINDA EASY GOIN’
NEVER TO COMPLAIN
AN’ HE TAUGHT ME HOW TO PLAY
THE VERY FIRST SONG ON MY OL’ FIVE STRING
(CHORUS)
HE TAUGHT ME HOW TO PLAY
GREENCORN SOMTHIN’ ‘BOUT A DEMIJOHN
WHAT THE HELL IS THAT
GREENCORN DADDY GONNA TIE MY HANDS
BEHIND MY BACK
GREENCORN BRINGIN’ HOME THE COWS
WHEN YOU HOLLAR SOOK PIED
GREENCORN, GREENCORN
I NEVER WILL FORGET IT ‘TILL THE DAY I DIE

WELL MY DADDY WAS A FARMER,
A SAILOR,A CARPENTER,A PLUMBER
A MECHANIC TOO
WELL HE USED TO BREAK HORSES
FOR THE FOLKS AROUND
AN’ HE PLOWED WITH A TEAM O’ MULES
WELL HE ALWAYS HAD A LITTLE NEVER HAD A LOT
BUT HE WORKED A LOT HARDER
FOR THE LITTLE HE GOT
AN’ HE TAUGHT ME SOMTHIN’
THAT I NEVER FORGOT ON MY OL’ BANJO
(CHORUS)
WELL I GOT A LITTLE OLDER I HAD ME A SON
I NAMED HIM JAKE THE SNAKE
AN’ I’M GONNA TAKE HIM HUNTIN’
GONNA TAKE HIM CAMPIN’
GONNA TAKE HIM TO THE LAKE
I’M GONNA TEACH HIM
HOW TO HAMMER HOW TO THROW A BALL
TEACH HIM EVERYTHING I KNOW
AN’ IF HE WANTS ME TO
I’LL BE GLAD TO TEACH HIM HOW TO
PLAY MY OL’ BANJO
(CHORUS)

A Cowgirl Needs More Than an 8 Second Ride

Written By: MIKE SLAGLE


A Cowgirl Needs More Than an 8 Second Ride
Words and Music by Mike Slagle

Well just outa college is when I hit the road
I was goin’ way too fast I got overexposed
And I met all kinds of women from all over the world
Then one night in Fort Worth , I met my first cowgirl

Chorus:
I learned a cowgirl needs more than an 8 second ride
It takes a special kinda guy to keep her satisfied
I know you don’t believe me but believe me I’ve tried
There ain’t nothin ‘ better than a cowgirl by your side
And ridin’ a wild bull ain’t enough to justify
No, A cowgirl needs more than an 8 second ride

My son told me the other day he wants to rodeo
Well he’s got his boots and hat an’he’s got his doggin’ rope
I said, let me give you some advice before you do that
When you meet a cowgirl better hang onto your hat.

(Chorus)

Bridge:
Well I may not be a pretty boy and I may not have a dime
And I may have hit the dirt one too many times
But I dusted myself off and I took another turn
I may not have learned much but there’s one thing that I learned

(Chorus)

Yea! You know what I’m talkin’ about

I'm Goin' to TEXAS

Written By: Mike Slagle of The Uncle Bill Roach Band

“I’m goin’ to Texas”
music and lyrics by Mike Slagle of The Uncle Bill Roach Band

Well, Once upon a time
There was a man named Davy Crocket
And he grew up a little different from you and me.
Well he’s got to be one of my biggest heroes in this world…
even though he came from Tennessee.

Well the people down in Texas started having some trouble…
tryin’ to settle down and raise a family.
So ol’ Davy told the folks back home…
I’m was goin’ down to San Anton
And the rest my friends is Historyyyy…

He said…
You can all go to hell I’m Goin to Texas
And I am goin’ if I have to go alone
Well, you people in Tennessee all think I’m crazy as can be…
But, I’m all packed up and bound for San Anton

Oh… Giddy Up

Well, Davy never made it back from the Alamo
No him and Bowie and Travis all ended up dead
Well I’d give a million bucks to be in that court house back in ol’ DC
when ol’ Davy Crockett stood up and said,

He said…
You can all go to hell I’m Goin to Texas
And I am goin’ if I have to go alone
Well, you people in Tennessee all think I’m crazy as can be…
But I’m all packed up and bound for San Anton

He said…
You can all go to hell I’m Goin to Texas

Discography

Our Newest CD is titled “TEXAS WEATHER”.

Just like Texas weather, if you wait it changes.

The style and music changes from one song to the next, interestingly keeping our fans tapping their toes and coming back for more.

The Band is Recording another CD right now!
Look for their new single "A Cowgirl Needs More Than an 8 Second Ride" available FREE in a Jan. issue of TEXAS MUSIC Magazine.

Set List

What Its All About
The Girl From The White Elephant Saloon
Winchester '73
Mazatlan
Greencorn:A Song For Daddy
Jamacian Me Crazy
Fishing For Time
Brady
Beer Belly Blues
Medina Lake
Ol' Joe Clark
Goin' Back To Cowtown
The Cowboy Song
Billy The Kid
A Cowgirl Needs More Than an 8 Second Ride
The Toast Song
Saturday Night Banana
Pein' In The Sink

Cover songs:
I Like Trains
San Antonio Rose
Orange Blossom Special
Folsom Prison Blues
Cotton eyed Joe
Jambalaya
Rancho Granda
Faded Love
Mountain Dew
Fox On The Run

1814
Beer Bait and Amo
Una Mas Servesa
The Party Never Ends
Pink Cadillac

and a whole lot more...HUNDREDS of songs

The band has discovered they have a better time and so do the fans when they play a longer 1 1/2 hour 1st set and then take a short break and play another 1 1/2 hour set. They are flexible and will fit the event you have planned.They play over 15 original songs and covers songs appropriate for the venue.