|Jim Pierce, Jim Babcock, Jeff Lilley, Steve Eulberg=JimJim & the FatBoys|
It started with us camping together at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas.
First Steve ventured down for a day. (and was terrified of jamming)
Then Jim Pierce and Steve went for the Festival. (and first were terrified, and then overcame their terror of jamming…but it took a few years for the fear to subside)
Then Jeff joined Jim and Steve at the Festival. (and they started jamming right away!)
And then, when Jeff celebrated his Ordination anniversary and the others were invited to surprise him and play for worship….
They realized that they were jamming for the first time:
2. Away from Winfield.
And they concluded that they needed to make a recording! (you see the natural progression here, right?)
So in 2001 they gathered in Fort Collins, Colorado to record Bottle Up & Go at Kiva Studio with Russ Hopkins as the engineer.
They also played on stage when Jeff and Jim’s Winfield Song (What the Hell?) won in the new song contest.
And they played gigs for the Hollis Renewal Center in Bonner Springs, Kansas, and private parties other events as they were able, since Steve moved to Colorado and Jeff moved to Hawaii!
They were invited to a reunion concert to help celebration the 30th Anniversary of the Hollis Renewal Center so they got together for a weekend of Barbecue and other tasty eats and sips, and provided music, even composing a commercial to help celebrate the valuable service that Hollis provides for people in the Kansas City area.