In the Fertile Gardens of Freedom
Daniel Payne is certainly no stranger to the life of musical gypsyhood. Born in Texas and already having established two successful acts, The Dan Family and 800 Mile Monday, since arriving in Fort Worth, he has made his presence felt throughout Texas and the United States by wielding a telecaster and banging out hard twangin' roots music to anyone or anything that would, or would not, listen. His savage exploits of rambling and rounding have landed him sharing the stage with top acts such as Two Tons of Steel, Wayne Hancock, Mike McClure, Eleven Hundred Springs, and more. Mr. Payne's steadfast determination and robust work ethic speaks for itself. Mr. Payne advises that, '800 Mile Monday is a band that speaks directly to the saddle-weary souls who've been exhausted, battered, and beaten down by the grueling dusty trail of life. It is a glorious and uncompromising salute to the great American West and the old pioneer spirit. We take to heart the wondrous endeavor of expressing the spirit and scale of West Texas to the greater lone star state and beyond.' With the brand new debut album 'In The Fertile Gardens of Freedom' hot off the press, they'll be burning up the road and firing up juke joints and honky tonks all across the state with their insurmountable twang and swagger. As The Sarge likes to put it, 'When heartache starts nippin' at your heels, you know you've been in one place for too long.' ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- The True Legend of Clive O'Malley The year was 1871. A cowboy named Clive O'Malley consumed the flesh of a small cactus to sustain himself on a South Texas trail following a successful raid into Mexico. Soon, nightmarish visions of future wars and large-scale deforestation began to take hold. In oracle after oracle Clive warned of a blind and selfish people given to shamelessly sick corporatism and savage disregard for the land. Treasured riches would lactate with sulfur, the foul stench to singe it's essence eternally into their souls. O'Malley's ominous warnings and staunch assertions did not go unnoticed, especially by the local whores. Soon his chilling visions had garnered him a modest amount of celebrity status on both sides of the border. After his disappearance the Kickapoo Indian tribe even honored him with the name 'Eagle Eyes' for his visionary prowess. In July of that same year, without even collecting his wages, Clive spurred on his salty sorrel, Dr. Feelgood, out of cow camp and across to the south side of the river and rode off into the fading sunset, never to be heard from or seen again. Townspeople around the Mexican city of Rio Bravo, however, have claimed since the early 1950's to hear Dr. Feelgood's defiant hoofbeats at night, pounding the sun-baked clay on the south bank where the river has since receded. To this day the local medicine men maintain that this paranormal presence is a resounding salute to the old pioneer spirit. An otherworldly protest to the exhaustion of both the land and the human spirit. One morning in July of 2006, the phrase '800 Mile Monday' was found newly scratched in the bedrock of the riverbed. Poor old Clive, what with his weary soul and all. We went and saw it for ourselves. Heard the hoofbeats and everything. True story. With Clive's permission, we found that to be an agreeable handle for our outfit. The songs we play are the real songs that Clive O'Malley sings to himself on those haunting late night rides along the old dried up banks of the river in the Rio Grande Valley. 800 Mile Monday's first release is a 12-song LP entitled 'In the Fertile Gardens of Freedom' to drop independently soon. Thanks to Clive O'Malley for allowing us to do his songs.