Bio of the Band 3-UP
The Band 3-UP was formed in June 2003 in Portland Oregon.
Member Tom Morris, of Sheridan Wyoming, traveled to Portland to asked his cousins Don & Larry Simmons if they would help him record "Mad Dog Motorcycle Legends" Album. Don an accomplished Bass player & Larry a world-class guitarist, agreed to throw their hats in the ring and give Tom's Music some juice. In mid-November of 2003 and 10 songs later, 3-UP called "Mad Dog" Motorcycle Legends a wrap.
Brothers, Don & Larry Simmons got started in music at the age of 10; both started playing guitar under the watchful eye of their dad, Portland Band Leader, Radio and TV. personality, Buddy Simmons. At the age of 14, Don and Larry began playing professionally in their family band. Don & Larry have been in the music business full-time ever since. Don began playing Bass Guitar at age 16 and has shared the stage with country greats as George Morgan, Lefty Frizzel, and Wanda Jackson. Larry toured for 6 years with Ray Stevens and has performed with artist Ray Charles, Kenny Rogers, Tanya Tucker, and the Oak Ridge Boys. These guys are Pro's and perform to the max on this album. Tom, Don, & Larry love traveling and life on two wheels. 3-UP is heading back to Abracadabra studios in Ridgefield, Washington in the fall to begin their second album!
Ride Safe and Throttle Up--
Buddy's 53 / 74"
The legend of a Memphis Tennessee 50's motorcycle rebel Buddy G.
"Randolph Scott's Bright Light"
On August 16,2003, Randy Scott was killed while riding his motorcycle by Congressman William J.Janklow in Moody County South Dakota. Janklow was given 100 days in jail for his negligence. What a shame!!
A Vietnam Veteran drifted for years getting his life together. A trip to Sturgis Motorcycle Rally changed his life forever!
"Miami Motorcycle Queen" Spoken Word by Larry Simmons
The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) presents the Bessie Stringfield award each year to the female Rider who has made an exceptional contribution to the sport of motorcycling in her lifetime. This AMA Hall of Fame Award aptly bears her name "The Bessie Stringfield Award"! Bessie Stringfield, you were Somethin' Else!!
"Freedom's Sound" is when you roll on the Throttle and head your Chopper out of town.
"Willie Left Cindy"
A true story about the Living Legend Willie Nelson. Two of 3-UP's band members have known Willie since their childhood days.
"Thank the Lord and Willie G."
The first song written for this album; you may have heard this one in Harley Shops or on many AM/FM stations!
"Who I am"
Mystery, Philosophy and The Love of Tom's Life - Mary K
"Gus's Panhead" Spoken Word by Larry Simmons
A recollection of a story about a long forgotten Motorcycle Shop in Edgemont South Dakota. Now faded into the history of this once booming South Dakota town.
"Beaver Creek Saloon"
A Rally go'er on a road trip from the Great Northwest to Sturgis finds a watering hole and perhaps some romance in the "Beaver Creek Saloon".