Doc Lockridge & Friends  -  2004 to 2017

I left MAINSTREET in 2004, because I felt it was time to "slow down".   I had been performing virtually every weekend, for many years, and it was getting more difficult to look forward to each gig.   I had no intention of stopping completely - I just wanted the opportunity to choose... to perform, or not perform.   To that end, things have worked out wonderfully.   I do fill-in work from time to time, on both Guitar and Bass.   I continue to spend a lot of time in my home studio - on projects for others, and for myself.   I'm writing and recording new material again, for which I am truly grateful.   I  continue to move forward, always remembering the old saying, "We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails".   And so, I sail onward, with a little help, from my friends!

January 10, 2004 -  Rodeo Joe came together for a bittersweet reunion, at The Gathering.   The Tony Hopkins Band and Along For The Ride joined Rodeo Joe, in a concert to raise money for Cazden Lowery, the grandson of band member Scott Pate. Cazden  had been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer that affects the nervous system. Solemn in purpose, this gig was also a joyous event, allowing us to reconnect with the many loyal fans who had supported us for so many years.  A sincere thanks to all that attended.

September, 2004 - Here I am performing with Red Eye Max, at the Bloomington Moose Lodge.   Shortly after the band was formed, their lead guitarist was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident.    I helped them fulfill the gigs they had booked, while they searched for a new guitarist.

October, 2004 - Chris Hannon, affectionately known to MAINSTREET as "Spanky", passed away after a courageous battle with brain cancer.   Chris had originally taken over on guitar during one of my absences from the band, later switching to drums.   He was a good family man, a good friend, and he continued to play music, to the very end.   Rock on, Spanky!

October, 2006  -  Here is a shot of Bloomington's own,
Justin Case Band, during a live recording session at
the legendary Port Hole Inn.   Located on the south shore of beautiful Lake Lemon, the Port Hole has been serving up catfish, beer and music, for as long as I can remember.

That's Dave Welch on drums and vocals,
Rhonda Welch on keyboards and vocals,
Don Campbell on bass and vocals,and
Jerry Minger on guitar, banjo and vocals.

Be sure to catch this wonderfully entertaining band
the next time they're at The Port Hole,
and don't leave without a copy of their live CD!

January 22, 2009

It seems like only yesterday...

I just turned around, and he was gone.

On June 23, 2009, I had the pleasure of performing with the Justin Case band, filling in on bass, for Don Campbell.  The evening was made even more fantastic with a visit by long-time friends Terry and Matt Sheehan.  Terry and Matt played a couple of numbers with the band, Terry playing guitar, and Matt playing bass.  Then Terry finished out the set, playing guitar along with Jerry.  Justin Case was smokin' with the addition of Terry's hot Texas blues licks, and a great time was had by all!   Thanks, guys!!!

Rodeo Joe performing at the 2009 Monroe County Fall Festival.

Thanks to all who came out to see us, especially those loyal friends from the "old days" at The Gathering!

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Gettin' down with The Justin Case Band, at the Port Hole Inn - September 2010

Hollywood Getdown

Gettin' Funky with The Hollywood Getdown at People's Park - June, 2011

Justin Case 2013

Sitting in with Justin Case at the Bloomington American Legion - March, 2013

Bruce Glimpse

"LOS ANGELES — Bruce Glimpse, whose long career in the live event production industry since the mid-1970s ranged from stints as tour truck driver, production manager and monitor engineer, died June 12, 2014. He was 57. In recent years, Glimpse’s audio gigs included work on Wheel of Fortune’s location-themed shows, including the “Boston’s Got Game” episodes, the shows taped at the Palazzo casino in Las Vegas in 2010, the “State Fair 4” and “Great Northwest” shows, and the shows taped at Madison Square Garden, among others.

In many of these, Glimpse, working monitors, teamed with PRG’s Bill Daly at FOH and system tech Alan Henig. While seemingly straightforward, the need for high quality speech intelligibility behind the scenes was critical to the production's success. It was Glimpse's responsibility to ensure that the crew member who lit up the letters, for example, could clearly distinguish the spoken letters "s" and "f."

Glimpse is survived by his wife, Letizia, his daughter Stacey and his grandson, Colton Powell. A memorial service is planned for July 19 at Cathedral Chapel of St. Vibiana Parish, 923 South La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, starting at 10 a.m."

To the best I can determine, this was the same Bruce Glimpse that worked tirelessly, and often thanklessly, as roadie and soundman for us in the mid 70's.  I last saw him on October 2, 1985, when he was a trucker on the Supertramp/Motels US tour.  He graciously provided a number of his former gig mates with tickets, and a backstage tour.  I had searched for him on the Internet many times since, finally finding him... too late.  Bruce obvioulsy made good, and no one could have deserved it more.  Rest in peace, old friend.

A few shots from the 2015 St. Vincent DePaul annual Hog Roast fundraiser.   I had the pleasure of sitting in on Bass Guitar, with the Justin Case Band.   We enjoyed sunshine, rain, food and friends.   It doesn't get much better than that!


Rock Bottom Express at Shorty's, in Bedford, Indiana in 2016.  Don't you just hate it when the stage lighting
makes you look like a cardboard cutout?

I have been somewhat remiss in saying that music does run in the family.  Here is a picture of my son Will's band, from 2017.
I think you should be able to pick who is Will, but if not, contact me.  Altough our musical genres are different, I am quite proud of Will
and his desire to include music in his life, as I have in mine.

Will's band

The fickle finger of fate has opened a new rabbit hole to explore.
Please visit often to see see what happens next!

2018 and Beyond!

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