|A few months after I got home, I called the guys - Tom, Andy, Bunk and Tjay - to get Geronimo Black back together again. Most of the guys had been playing on a few tours with Tim Buckley but now they were all free to work again. Denny Walley was also free at that time so we decided to seriously put the band back together and they were all up for that. We set to work writing new music and getting a proper presentation together so we could start playing around, and also to get a proper recording contract. We started rehearsing about four times a week and it was at least for five to six hours at a time. I had written ‘Low Ridin’ Man’, ‘’59 Chevy’ and ‘An American National Anthem’ and we had a whole lot of other ideas.
|So, the album Geronimo Black was released in May 1972 on UNI Records, which was a subsidiary label of MCA. Two weeks after, the president of UNI Records - Russ Regan - got fired! He had personally signed the band and really liked us. MCA had absolutely no idea what to do with our band because we had been Russ’s pet project. If that guy would have stayed on as president, Geronimo Black may have done a lot more than they did.
So, after that, it was downhill all the way, although we managed to do one tour. We went up to Seattle, Washington for a two-week residency at a really nice club. The band were instant hits there and we did a television show one afternoon.
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|The last gigs that Geronimo Black played were in early ’73. We went to play a gig in San Miguel, New Mexico - my old stompin’ ground - and that’s really when I decided to move back to Texas. I was really fed up with L.A. and the music scene out there, there wasn’t that much happening with the band, and I wanted to move back home to the desert.