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SCROAT BELLY SPLITSHORDE THOSE BEANS

June 18, 1998

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Sin City Disciples guitarist Donny Byrom has recovered from his heart attack.

Keep those cans of Scroat Belly Pork and Beans around -- they may be collector's items some day. The Wichita band has called it quits so some of its members can focus on their family, kids and other projects.

Eric Mardis, Kirk Rundstrom and Jeff Eaton have regrouped into Split Lip Rayfield, which Mardis describes as ``amphetamine bluegrass.''

My photo assignment for Rockfest '98 at Sandstone Amphitheatre in Bonner Springs was not fun.

I didn't like any of the bands and, in addition, I was surrounded by drunk people with bad haircuts and a tendency to fall into drug-induced seizures. Of course, there was the traditional arena-wide trash fight, but what really soured the day was Sandstone's security.

While attempting to photograph a security guard ejecting a fan, I got yanked up the aisle as well. Apparently, you're not allowed to lift one's shirt for the crowd if you're female, and you're not allowed to take pictures of security reacting to such incidents.

Donny Byrom has fully recovered from his heart attack. The Sin City Disciples guitarist collapsed while playing a surprise gig at Davey's Uptown in Kansas City, Mo., during the band's temporary reunion.

The veteran rocker was treated at KU Med Center and was released the next day. According to John Cutler, bassist for Sin City Disciples, he came out of the incident in better shape than before it happened.

``It was an early warning sign that some people aren't fortunate enough to get before the big one,'' Cutler said. ``We're lucky this didn't happen to him while he was driving back from Chicago or something.''

Sin City Disciples singer Ernie Locke's new band, Parlay, has broken up and was unavailable Saturday night to open for Reverend Horton Heat at The Bottleneck, 737 N.H.

The Bubble Boys filled in for the opening slot for the sold-out show with only an hour's notice, but were underpaid, according to bassist Dan Cook.

``We bent over backwards and figured we'd get our back scratched in return,'' Cook said. ``Unfortunately, that didn't happen.''

There is also a possibility that, as a result, the Bubble Boys may cancel their performance tonight at Poopfest `98 at The Bottleneck.

Kansas City's Shiner has a new management company, CEC Management, which also manages Ben Folds Five among other bands.

According to drummer Tim Dow, the band members are writing new songs, recording demos and are openly looking for a new label. Each of their previous records were one-shot deals.

Shiner's last release was its ``Sleep it Off'' 7-inch single on Sub Pop Records in December.

Be-Non is playing tonight at Emo's in Austin, Tex., but will be returning to Lawrence for a Saturday night show with Turnbuckle labelmates, Sunday Puncher, at the Replay Lounge, 946 Mass.

Next week, the band will head to New York to master its new EP, ``Meet the Person Most Responsible for Your Safety.''

Watch for appearances from more Be-Non side projects, such as The Rohipinol Rangers and their evil alter-ego enemy band, The Ritalin Raiders.

Brian Marshall, who moved from Lawrence to Indianapolis, Ind., has another fat issue of his zine on record shop newstands this month. Noises From the Garage No. 8 has been nationally distributed and contains Marshall's unique perspective on music and lifestyles.

The new Micromag will be hot off the press next week. Bob Deck and Anne Tangeman have churned out another 96 pages of reviews, interviews and other miscellania in this Lawrence-based pocket-size format zine.

Congratulations to Mike Horan and Jeannie Wells, who tied the knot June 6. Horan plays guitar for Kristi and the Starlite Rounders and The Midday Ramblers.

The wedding took place at Stony Point Barn in Lawrence and reportedly went beautifully.

-- James Grau is the music writer for The Mag.

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