Greg Attaway

Greg Attaway was born in Linden, Texas on July 6, 1950.  Greg (the "Moon" of Moon & the Starz) doesn’t like to talk about himself much but we can tell you that along with an innate ability to create high quality music, he has had a number of professional experiences which have given him the opportunity to share and increase upon his God given abilities.

 

After developing his skills during his teens singing in church and with friends in bands playing drums, Greg traveled with longtime friend David Lovelace to Los Angeles in the early 1970’s and completed some recordings under the moniker Contraband and Friends.

 

In 1973, when Sneaky Pete Kleinow of the Flying Burrito Brothers needed a support band for a project, he recruited Greg along with David, other Linden friends Richard Bowden and Michael Bowden as well as singer and fiddler Gib Guilbeau to record the Sneaky Pete Ariola LP “Cold Steel”, produced with the help of Daniel Moore and released in Holland.  The project included two songs of Greg’s both co-written with David, “Song Of The Mockingbird” and “Painted Lady”.  The band would use the name Cold Steel but eventually also performed as Lone Star.  Live dates were scarce and the project came to an end when Sneaky and Gib made a decision to leave it behind for a reformation of the Flying Burrito Brothers in 1974.

 

Later that year, Greg, along with David, Richard and bassist Stephen Love were recruited by Roger McGuinn to record and tour as Roger McGuinn & Band.  The LP also titled “Roger McGuinn & Band” included Greg’s and David’s song “Painted Lady”.  The band toured until disbanding early in 1976 but played some great venues including Madison Square Garden and Carnegie Hall.  After Roger joined Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue, Greg, David and Richard joined Herb Pedersen touring in support of singer Johnny Rivers.

 

It has also been rumored that after these projects Greg worked with some other very well known artists with names like Chuck Berry, Crossroads, The Drifters, Don Everly and Alexander Harvey before making a decision to return to Linden.

 

When Richard also returned to Linden in 1998, he found Greg and David still supporting the local Lions Club Follies along with other old local friends John Early and Joe Hamilton.  That Follies band became Moon & the Starz and eventually booked some out of town appearances.  Then, after a collective effort by them and many other locals, they were able to begin a regular run of appearances at Music City Texas Theater, the renovated former American Legion hall that they had all performed in during their youth.  David’s health tragically failed and he sadly died suddenly in April of 2003.  After a mournful pause, another friend and local musician, Pat Roberson, stepped in to pick up where David left off playing bass guitar and the band continued.

 

Greg also continues his commitment to Linden - Music City, Texas, Inc., the non-profit which oversees the operation of the theater, serving as Board Chairman.

 

 

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