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Brewer and Shipley are superb instrumental and vocal
technicians who write easy going music with uplifting lyrics." -
Stephen Holden, Rolling Stone
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Working in Los Angeles as staff writers for A&M Records. Michael Brewer (b. 1944, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA) & Tom Shipley (b. 1942, Mineral Ridge, Ohio, USA) signed a contract with Budda/Kama Sutra Records. In 1970, they finally had a top ten song, (One Toke Over The Line) off of their third album Tarkio. Some stations refused
to play it reguarding it a "drug" song. Playing on their albums were such notables as Jerry Garcia, Mike Bloomfield, Leon Russell & Jim Messina. Constantly touring, Brewer & Shipley could be found performing in such
notable venues as; Carnegie Hall, The Bottom Line, The Troubadour, The
Roxy, Keil Opera House, and Arrowhead Stadium. Because of their broad
appeal, they were often invited to open concerts for a wide variety of artists
ranging from Elton John to Procol Harum.
In 1979, after more than a decade of writing, recording & touring, & with 7 albums & 3 Bilboard charted singles to their credit, Brewer & Shipley parted company to pursue personal agendas. Michael Brewer recorded a solo album, "Beauty Lies" (Dan Fogelberg, producer) which featured guest artists Linda Ronstadt & J. D. Souther. Tom Shipley began working in television as a producer/director. He went on to form his own production company. He also co-founded the Oral History of the Ozarks Project, a non-profit organization producing documentaries about life in the Missouri Ozarks. In the summer of 1986, Brewer & Shipley reunited for a performance presented by a Kansas City classic rock station (KCFX). 10,000 fans showed up! All of a sudden, they were in demand again! The duo decided to begin writing & performing again.
Their first project? The soundtrack for one of Shipley's
documentaries...the award winning, "Treehouse - An Ozark Story".
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1971 -- New York radio station WNBC bans the song "One Toke Over the Line" by
Brewer & Shipley for alleged drug references. Other stations around the country
follow suit. The composer of the tune, Tom Shipley, responds,
"In this electronic age, pulling a record because of its lyrics is like the
burning of books in the Thirties."
"One Toke' wasn't meant to make it to record. We just wrote it kidding around backstage," says
Tom Shipley, "We were opening for Melanie at
Carnegie Hall, and we played two encores. We really didn't have anything else to sing to them. So
we played `One Toke,' and the audience gave us a standing ovation. The record company president
was there, and he said `Record it!"
For those of you who haven't visited our website: http://www.brewerandshipley.com
recently, we just wanted to take a minute to make you aware of a new release
from Buddha/BMG Records entitled "One Toke Over The Line: The Best Of Brewer
As you can imagine, we receive countless e-mails inquiring as to where to
find the Brewer & Shipley classics on CD. With that in mind, we felt it was
important to notify all fans of this news.
All 14 songs on this CD have been DIGITALLY REMASTERED and sound GREAT.
Further, the CD includes liner notes from a dear friend - Mitch Jayne (The
Track listing is as follows:
People Love Each Other
One Toke Over The Line
Fifty States Of Freedom
Shake Off The Demon
Have A Good Life
All Along The Watchtower
Rise Up (Easy Rider)
Ruby In The Morning
Lady Like You
The CD should be available in most stores or can now be purchased at our
Michael & Tom
One Toke Guitar Chords:
One Toke Over The Line
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Dates subject to change. I'll post changes as soon as I know!
Date: Friday, June 14, 2002.
City: Wichita, KS.
Venue: Sedgwick County Zoo (5555 Zoo Blvd.)
Admission: $5/Zoo Members, $8/Non Zoo Members.
For Additional Info, call: (316) 942-2213.
Date: July 16, 2002.
City: O'Fallon, MO.
Venue: City Park - TBA.
Time: Approx: 6:45PM.
Eureka Springs, Ar.
Address: 105 E. Van Buren
2 separate shows each night
1st Show: 6:00PM
2nd Show: 9:00PM
Ticket Prices: $15 in advance / $19 Day of show
*Ticket good for only 1 show
Doors open @ 6:00PM.
Date: October 18-19, 2002.
City: Steelville, MO.
Venue: Wildwood Lodge. (573) 775-2400.
$89 (Dinner, Show, Lodging &
$44.50 (Dinner & Show)
Wildwood Springs Lodge.
P.O. Box 919 Grand Drive.
Steelville, MO. 65565.
For Professional Booking
Phone: (805) 492-0707
Fax: (805) 492-9446
Write Brewer & Shipley care of:
One Toke Productions
15710 CR 7190
Rolla, MO 65401
Cannabis TV: Brewer & Shipley
First, Michael Brewer and Tom Shipley perform
"Song from Platte River".
Next, "One Toke Over the Line", with references to Spiro T. Agnew, Lawrence Welk and Jerry Garcia.
Finale, "Fifty States of Freedom".
Filmed at NORML DC, November 1998.
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