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Biography

Boy Howdy was a contemporary country-rock band who formed in Los Angeles in 1990. Their primary influence was Little Texas, though one could catch bits of the Eagles and CCR in their sound, and they frequently covered classic rock tunes as well. Vocalist/bassist Jeffrey Steele had previously recorded as a solo artist, and under the guidance of Dwight Yoakam producer Pete Anderson, he contributed the song "Driftin' Man" to the compilation A Town South of Bakersfield, Vol. 2. Brothers Cary (guitar, mandolin) and Larry Parks (guitar, fiddle) were the sons of bluegrass fiddler Ray Parks, and the former had played with Randy Meisner (Eagles) and Rick Roberts (Flying Burrito Brothers) before hooking up with Steele at an L.A. club. Also present at that gig was drummer Hugh Wright, who completed the lineup. Their first single was 1991's independently released "When Johnny Comes Marchin' Home Again," which proved locally popular thanks to the Gulf War, and helped land Boy Howdy a deal with Curb. Their debut album, Welcome to Howdywood, was released in 1992, and the group went on to appear in George Strait's film Pure Country that year. Tragedy nearly struck when Wright was hit by a car and spent five months in a coma; fortunately, he recovered, and rejoined the band in time for their breakthrough, 1994's She'd Give Anything. Even though it was only a mini-album, it produced two Top Five country singles in the title track and "They Don't Make 'Em Like That Anymore." 1995's full-length, Born That Way, didn't quite duplicate that success, however. ~ Steve Huey

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