Americana by Moe Bandy Revisited

It’s time to recognize our friend Moe Bandy. In 1975, a song written by his friends Lefty Frizzell and Whitey Shaffer gave him a number seven country hit with “Bandy The Rodeo Clown”. Many people ask if the song is about Moe Bandy’s life.

During Moe Bandy’s high school days he showed little interest in music but a great deal in rodeos. He tried bronco-busting and bull-riding and by the time he was 16, he was competing in rodeos all over Texas. Moe, along with his brother, Mike Bandy, a six time NFR bull riding qualifier, were inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2007.

Those who know the words to “Bandy The Rodeo Clown” will be happy to know the song is not an autobiography, although our experiences are part of what make us who we are, and enables us to write music from the heart. While the bulls and the broncs might have known Moe was number one, Moe was a rider, not a rodeo clown. I guess folks at the PBR prefer the term “bullfighter” these days.

From about 1977 through early 1980 you heard hits like “I’m Sorry For You, My Friend”, “Cowboys Ain’t Supposed To Cry”, “That’s What Makes The Jukebox Play” and a duet with Janie Fricke, “It’s A Cheating Situation”. It was 1979 when Moe Bandy had his first solo number one with “I Cheated Me Right Out of You”.

Moe Bandy toured extensively and had a string of hits through the 80’s, including “Yesterday Once More”, “Rodeo Romeo”, “She’s Not Really Cheatin’ (She’s Just Gettin’ Even)” and “Till I’m Too Old To Die Young”, and several others. He performed with Becky Hobbs, whom we write about in a previous article.

In 1988 Moe Bandy went to #8 on the charts with “Americana”, a song that speaks to the heart of America and country music itself. Americana can be defined as anything that is a symbol of American life. In stressful busy times, or when worrying about rising unemployment and falling home prices we can listen to “Americana” while we let Moe Bandy take us back to our country roots.

Here is Moe Bandy and “Americana”: