Western Union is Montana’s newest country western swing band. Combining the talents of one of Montana’s best country guitarist Louie Bond with some of Missoula’s best jazz musicians of Big Sky Mudflap fame David Horgan and Beth Lo plus jazz swing vocalist Kimberlee Carlson, Western Union is excited to bring real western swing to Missoula for your dancing pleasure. Rounding out the band on vocals with swingingest sticks in Missoula is Carol Minjares on drums.
They are proud to be performing regularly at the Top Hat creating a great regular dance event for downtown Missoula (1rst and 3rd Sundays of the month) and have recently been booked for some of Missoula’s most prestigious gigs-the Downtown Tonight series as well as River City Roots Festival!
Also Missoula’s own Cathy Clark will be teaching country swing and dance lessons at 6P before every show.
Remember-Bob Wills It!
Louie Bond and Carol Minjares have been playing Bob Will’s style western swing since the early 1980s where they played with famous country bands at Dallas’s Longhorn Ballroom. David Horgan, while known in Montana as one of the best jazz guitar players, has been playing peddle steel since the 1980’s. Jazz swing vocalist Kimberlee Carlson toured internationally with the Los Angeles band Swingstreet in the 1980’s as well as performs regularly in Western Montana with her jazz trio. Western Union promises to bring a good dancing time performing classic country and swing.
Louie Bond was born in Miami, Oklahoma and began playing guitar in 1965 at age 16 and has been playing guitar professionally for over 47 years. He discovered Montana on a road gig and moved to Missoula in 1974. He worked in Dallas playing 5-6 nights a week at the internationally famous western swing venue the Longhorn Ballroom. Louie has opened for and backed up many famous country stars, including Bakersfield artist’s David Frizell, Lawanda Lindsay, Tony Booth, Buck Owens and his son Buddy Allen in the 1970’s as well as Restless Heart, Sawyer Brown, Bobby Bare, Ferlin Husley, Roy Head and Vern Gosdin. Along with Western Union he performs regularly with the Wild Coyote Band as well as his duo Stubborn Belly Fat.
David Horgan-Steel Guitar/Vocals:
David Horgan grew up in Reno, Nevada and played some of his earliest gigs in casino lounges. He was in a number of bands in the Bay Area, before moving to Montana in 1975. Besides Western Union, he is a member of the Big Sky Mudflaps, Salsa Loca, the Ed Norton Big Band, the Country Kings, and several other ensembles, playing guitar, pedal steel guitar, and piano. He and his wife, bassist Beth Lo, also frequently perform as a jazz duo around western Montana.
Beth Lo was born and raised in Indiana, and came to Missoula in the early 1970s to study art with ceramicist Rudy Autio. She has been a Professor of Art at the University of Montana since 1985. Beth plays both upright and electric bass in several bands in addition to Western Union, including the Big Sky Mudflaps and Salsa Loca, as well as with guitarist David Horgan in duo and trio settings.
Kimberlee Carlson, from Odessa, Texas, has been singing jazz and swing since the early 1980’s. During the 80’s and early 90’s she performed and toured internationally with the Los Angeles band Swingstreet and fronted her own jazz quartet in Los Angeles performing at various jazz/cabaret venues such as Vine Street Bar and Grill. She was featured in several Las Vegas reviews as a dancer and lead singer in 1980’s in NYC and Los Angeles. She moved to Montana in 2007. She opened Missoula’s 2012 & 2013 Jazzoula series and was featured by the media as a new and upcoming jazz artist in the Missoula area. She performs regularly with her jazz trio-Ron Meissner/guitar and Pete Hand/bass
Carol Minjares learned to play western swing playing with the house band of the Longhorn Ballroom in Dallas, Texas, where she worked for three years, and prior to that with the popular local Missoula group Country Satisfaction. A native of Los Angeles, Ms. Minjares studied with swing drummers Tracy Borst and Louis Bellson, and began her professional career playing the Nevada circuit.