That time Country Dick Montana sang me a couple of lines from the Beat Farmers’ version of “Angel of the Morning”

By Steve Newton

I loved Country Dick Montana. He was a true rock god as far as I was concerned.

I got to interview the wildman drummer and sometime singer for San Diego’s Beat Farmers three times before his heart-attack death on stage in 1995. I chatted with him in 1987, 1990, and–when he was a member of the Pleasure Barons–in 1993.

My second chat with Country happened when the Farmers were headed to Vancouver for two of their historic, beer-drenched gigs at the Commodore Ballroom.

At one point in the conversation I asked him if the Beat Farmers had added any new tunes to their repertoire lately, and he told me about their X-rated version of the oft-covered country hit, “Angel of the Morning”.

Have a listen:


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