Combining the talents of one of Montana’s best country guitarists Louie Bond with some of Missoula’s best jazz musicians Big Sky Mudflap’s David Horgan and Beth Lo, Western Union will bring western swing for your dancing pleasure. Also rounding out the band with four-part harmonies is Rich Brinkman on drums and the vocals of Kimberlee Carlson.
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 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.
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.
Beth Lo was born and raised in Indiana, and came to Missoula in the early 1970s to study art with Butte-born and raised ceramicist Rudy Autio. She has been a Professor of Art at the University of Montana since 1985.
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 late 1970’s and early 1980’s in NYC and Los Angeles. She moved to Montana in 2007.