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End of the road for Prairie Flyer...

Photo courtesy of 
Spokane Songwriters Web Site
Photo courtesy of Spokane Songwriters Web Site

Good morning, Netizens...


It seems like a decade has passed so quickly I barely can remember the first time I heard Jim Faddis, a former detective of the Spokane Police Department, singing from atop the Floating Stage in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho on a hot summer evening, but over the passage of time, I never have regretted a moment of it. His unmistakable clear "high lonesome" harmony made me a fan of Bluegrass Music for a time, which given my past involvement in music of all kinds, came hardly as a surprise. Since that time he has become an ad hoc spokesperson for Bluegrass Music in Spokane and its environs, not to mention having written and performed some truly unique and dazzling music of his own.


Performing at first as The Barley Brothers and then later on, after they changed their name to Prairie Flyer, Jim Faddis has ascended to and remained as one of Spokane's most-durable songwriters and musicians for over a decade.


Once, a long time ago, Jim and I had a conversation about the longevity of bands, and how often they change players or disconnect entirely. According to him, he has been playing music in Spokane for over 14 years, which when you come to think of it, is quite a good run indeed. Unfortunately, all good things come to an end, and according to Mr. Faddis, in August of this year, Prairie Flyer will play their last performance.


Part of this decision is, of course, because of Jim's retirement from the Spokane Police Department and he has since moved to the west side of Washington. However, in his own words, he is simply tired. You cannot blame him for that; driving hundreds of miles to perform, often with little recompense, is a tough row to hoe, no matter how you look at it.


There is a wealth of his music available on CD's, however, so his music will live on and on.


Thank you for all the good years, Jim.



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