About Commander Cody
Born George Rayne IV, the original Commander Cody brought together a lineup that successfully combined rock & roll, R&B and country rock. And call them a bar band, call them out for a no-frills approach to music. These guys could still flat out play.
Originally formed in 1967, the lineup included Rayne (piano), John Tichy (lead guitar), Steve Schwartz (guitar), Steve Davis (bass) and Ralph Mallory (drums). Yet when the group relocated to San Francisco, only Frayne, Bolton and Tichy made the move to the City By the Bay. Eventually, they added Billy C. Farlow (vocals, harp), Andy Stein (fiddle, saxophone), Billy Kirchen (guitarist), "Buffalo" Bruce Barlow (bassist), and Lance Dickerson (drummer) for their 1971 debut album, "Lost in the Ozone."
The following year, Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airman hit the Top Ten with "Hot Rod Lincoln." Yet, they couldn't sustain the momentum going forward. They continued to release albums until Tichy left the band in 1976, and it was at that point that Commander Cody went solo. He released the album "Midnight Man" in 1977, then he re-formed the group as the Commander Cody Band, leading to the release of three albums between 1977 and 1980.
In 2009, after a 23-year hiatus, Commander Cody returned with "Dopers, Drunks and Everyday Losers," a collection of new songs and classics. With an evolving cast of musicians, they are still known for their live shows and most recently released "Commander Cody and the Modern Day Airman: Live from the Island," recorded at a performance in Bay Shore, New York.
Commander Cody and the Modern Day Airmen have been back on the road in a big way in 2014, and have shows booked through December. The Palomino Club (Spokane, Washington), the Sunbanks Rhythm & Blues Festival (Electric City, Wa.), and Iron Horse Music Hall (Northamton, Massachusetts).
date city state venue 2/14/2015 Columbus OH Woodlands Tavern 2/26/2015 Evanston IL SPACE 4/3/2015 Asbury Park NJ Wonder Bar 4/4/2015 Washington DC The Hamilton 6/13/2015 Shirley MA Bull Run Restaurant
date city state venue 2/13/2014 Sellersville PA Sellersville Theater 2/14/2014 Lakewood OH The Winchester 2/15/2014 Columbus OH Woodlands Tavern 2/27/2014 Evanston IL SPACE 2/28/2014 Auburn Hills MI Callahan's Music Hall 3/5/2014 San Francisco CA The Addition 4/5/2014 Washington DC The Hamilton 4/6/2014 Sellersville PA Sellersville Theater 5/3/2014 Norfolk CT Infinity Hall 8/8/2014 Ferndale MI Magic Bag 8/17/2014 Redwood City CA Club Fox 10/12/2014 Petaluma CA Mystic Theatre 11/15/2014 Sherwood Park AB Festival Place 11/22/2014 Asbury Park NJ Wonder Bar
date city state venue 1/19/2013 Beacon NY Towne Crier Cafe 2/28/2013 Evanston IL SPACE 3/1/2013 Auburn Hills MI Callahan's Music Hall 3/23/2013 Lake Worth FL Bamboo Room 4/26/2013 Indio CA Empire Polo Field 5/18/2013 Jim Thorpe PA Mauch Chunk Opera House 7/11/2013 Port Townsend WA The Upstage 7/20/2013 Auburn Hills MI Callahan's Music Hall 7/26/2013 Toronto ON Opera House Concert Venue 9/14/2013 Minneapolis MN Dakota Jazz Club 12/11/2013 Somerville MA Johnny D's Uptown Restaurant & Music Club 12/14/2013 Northampton MA Iron Horse Music Hall
date city state venue 5/1/2012 New York NY B.B. King Blues Club & Grill 8/30/2012 Sellersville PA Sellersville Theater 1894 9/15/2012 Norwalk CT Private Function 9/22/2012 Grafton MA Grafton Inn 9/23/2012 Herkimer NY VFW Hall 9/29/2012 Pittsfield MA Colonial Theatre - Pittsfield 10/6/2012 Saratoga Springs NY The Parting Glass 10/20/2012 Twin Cities MN Famous Dave's Bbq & Blues Uptown 11/2/2012 Tuolumne CA Black Oak Casino 11/3/2012 Mill Valley CA Sweetwater Music Hall 11/24/2012 Bay Shore NY Boulton Center for the Performing Arts 11/30/2012 Norfolk CT Infinity Hall 12/7/2012 Woonsocket RI Chan's 12/22/2012 Northampton MA Iron Horse Music Hall