"Fighter" band Live at Willmar MN Outdoor Festival - July 1987
Here I am playing a guitar solo to a big crowd! Amy Wolter is the gal with the microphone. This is probably one of the largest venues I ever played. We warmed up for "Mylon Lefevre and Broken Heart". The "Fighter" band went on to get a record contract with the Word label shortly after I left the group in 1988. They put out two CDs under that label.
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"Tan Yer Hide" band - circa 1997
Zach Nickels (drums), Brad Zimmerman (guitar & vocals), Ray Robertson (bass & lead vocals), Jeff ? (bass & vocals), Kevin Simnacher (lead guitar)
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Tan Yer Hide - LIVE! at Bully's
We started out being a top-40 country band, but ended up playing about 50% classic rock tunes since we were all old rockers from previous bands of the same time period, and country music's popularity was starting to falter in '97-'98.
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Tan Yer Hide - LIVE! at Bully's
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Kevin solos on a classic rock tune.
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Kevin rips out a country riff.
Yeah, the "Tan Yer Hide" band was a sweet deal for me because we always played here in Cedar Rapids and the band leader owned his own music shop and provided all of the heavy P.A. and lighting gear. It lasted for about 2.5 years and we were sad to see him have to leave town in such a hurry. Ray Robertson was a fun guy, and a very talented singer and musician. He could play fingerstyle acoustic guitar, drums and played an awesome rock bass solo on "Hard to Handle" by the Black Crowes to end our show each night!

Highlights of the Tan Yer Hide experience: We got to warm up for Country Recording Artist Curtis Day, and then for the old Southern Rock dinosurs "Molly Hatchet" whose big hit was "Flirtin' With Disaster".
 
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News Flash - Kevin joins new rock band in May 2005.
See "Monkey Business" band site.