March 24, 1995 in Seven

Commander Cody And Airmen Bring Old Favorites To Brewery

Joe Ehrbar Correspondent

Remember the hit song “Hot Rod Lincoln?”

It’s been 24 years since that tune first took to the airwaves but it remains a timeless classic.

The band that penned that song, Commander Cody and His Last Planet Airmen, produced a handful of other favorites that includes “Down to Seeds and Stems Again” and “Smoke, Smoke, Smoke that Cigarette.” The group remains airborne, together and is scheduled to land at the Fort Spokane Brewery on Thursday.

Most of the group’s notoriety came during the ‘70s, with the albums “Lost in the Ozone,” “Hot Licks, Cold Steel and Truckers’ Favorites,” “Country Casanova” and “Got a Live One Here.”

Although band members have come and gone over the years, Commander Cody still leads his lost airmen. The band’s original drummer, Lance Dickerson, is also still with the unit.

The current lineup of Lost Planet Airmen, which consists of veteran players, has been together for nearly seven years, according to the band’s booking agent Steve Gordon.

The musicians include: Former Seatrain and Hoodoo Rhythm Devils guitarist Peter Walsh; guitarist Dave Tolmie, who had stints with Maria Muldaur, Roy Rogers and the Delta Blues Band; session guitarist Glen Sherba Burbank and vocalist Dave Erdmann.

“The sound is still the same … good barrelhouse boogie,” said Gordon in a phone interview. “It’s still a real party animal band.”

Gordon also said that Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen will play all of the band’s old favorites as well as a number of new songs.

Thursday’s show begins at 9 p.m. You must be 21.

General admission tickets are available at the Fort Spokane Brewery for $11, $10 for Spokane Blues Society members.

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