The Good, Bad, & Ugly Band
The Good, Bad & Ugly Band
This multi-talented traditional country swing dance and show band offers music from the 40ís to the present. You will enjoy the humor and talent of these gifted musicians/entertainers.
This band was honored when asked to represent the State of Texas for three consecutive years at the World Travel Convention in London, England.
Meet the Band
A.V. Mittelstedt--Lead guitar, vocals, band leader.
A.V.MITTELSTEDT (Lead guitar, vocals, band leader)
A.V. has been a leader in the music industry for 45 years. He started in a neighborhood garage band and honed his skills on guitar. As a gifted studio sound engineer and producer, he owned the renowned Soundmasters Studios on Jensen Drive until he relocated the studio to Friendly Road in Houston. He has recorded and produced numerous artists including Fiddliní Frenchie Burke, Randy Cornor, Kenny Dale, Clint Black, Mark Chessnut, George Straight, Clay Walker, Tracy Bird, Clay Blaker, Brian Collins, The Picks (backup singers for Buddy Holly), Gene Thomas, Roy Head, Jerry Naill, Johnny Lee, Mickey Gilley and many, many more singers, songwriters, musicians, and bands. Recording for Capitol, ABC Dot, Twentieth Century, his own Cherry Records , and many other labels; he has won numerous music industry awards and charted on Billboard, Cashbox and Record World reporting radio stations.
ED FONTENOT (Bass guitar, vocals, front man)
Ed Fontenot--Bass guitar, vocals, front man.
Ed Fontenot is as noted for his great sense of humor as he is for his talent as a guitarist and front man. There is no one better at interacting with audiences and making them feel at home and part of the show. He never meets a stranger. The only Cajun of the band, Ed started playing more than 40 years ago in St. Martinville, Louisiana in a garage band with his first music teacher and band director, Robert A. Thibodeaux. Ed also learned to play guitar from the Kershaw Brothers, Rusty and Doug. While he was still in high school, Edís family moved to Jacksonville, TX.w here he finished high school, college, and went on to serve four years in the United States Air Force. Returning to Jacksonville after his military service, he played with various bands including Jay Turnbow (writer of national hit Bread & Butter); and Gene Thomas (famous for his recordings of Sometimes and Last Song.) He has also performed with many well-known artists including Brian Collins, Johnny Lee, and Earl Campbell. After moving to Houston, Ed joined A.V. Mittelstedt and has been performing with the Good, Bad & Ugly Band for more than 35 years.
Roddy Barr--Drums, vocals, the beat of the band.
RODDY BARR (Drums, vocals, the beat of the band)
Roddy began his professional career in junior high school and has been a professional drummer more than half a century. He has played for big band orchestras in the Glenn Miller style, as well as with bands in the pop, rock & roll, rhythm and blues, Latin, soul, and jazz venues. In the 60ís he played with Buddy Groves and the Kings, and the Perry Mates; and in the 70ís & 80ís, formed his own groups The Aquarians and Split Image. Roddy has experience as a lead singer and bandleader, and has performed in the United States, England and Bermuda for numerous major hotel resorts, restaurants and clubs. Roddy joined Good, Bad & Ugly Band in 1987, offering his own unique style of singing (with a four-octave range) and rhythm to country music. He has performed with Mickey Gilley, Kenny Rogers, Roy Head, B.J. Thomas, Randy Cornor, and Frenchie Burke. He and his wife Fran live in Weimar, TX. And belong to St. Michaelís Catholic Church and sing with Columbus Community Choir.
STEVE SNOE (Fiddle, vocals)
Steve Snoe--Fiddle, vocals.
Steve started taking guitar lessons at age seven, from A.V.Mittelstedt. He learned enough about the guitar to start playing garage bands in and around Pasadena, TX, with Wesley Cornor and brother Randy Cornor. One day, Steveís uncle gifted him with an old fiddle. The rest is history. Steve was a natural fiddle player. He had found his true instrument. In high school and college, he played with the school orchestras; and very quickly, he began to teach violin and fiddle to others. His first professional job was with a blues band, which taught him the uniqueness of various rhythms not normally found in country music. Adding this to his comfort with violin orchestration and with country fiddling, Steve has that uncanny ability to play blues or funk as well. In addition to being at ease on stage, Steve has also been a staff musician recording in many studios and with many artists and bands both in Houston and Nashville. Heís one of the fastest fiddlers in the music business; and some even call him ďThe BlurĒ. Older band members have humorously asked him to slow down because they canít hear that fast.