The Guess Who Quotes
It's come full circle. It's so close to what I do, to 70s classic rock, that the line or wall, or veil is quite invisible. I just spent 10 days in Nashville. I can't tell you the amount of people, literally hundreds who came up to me and said, "We're so glad you're in town." They didn't say. "'Welcome to Nashville." They said "Welcome Home. This is where you belong. Please come and write songs with our band. We grew up playing your music. We think you've written the greatest music in North America history, and that you're still around to write and play and sing with us is fantastic. The songs you wrote in The Guess Who and B.T.O., we grew up on. They are our Bibles. They are our standards." I've been getting invites to write with 10 or 20 of the best songwriters or bands in Nashville. And, all I do is go in and do what I normally do. 70s kind of classic guitar riffs and they love it. All they put over is the little honky tonk piano or slide guitar or fiddle, and it's pretty much 70s rock with one more instrument added, and it might be a diffle or slide guitar.
I left the band in early 1977 and at that point I was going to do a solo project. Back in the beginning, I financed the band, the album, and produced it. I also had the foresight to take out and register the trademark with the B.T.O. gear and the B.T.O. logo. I said, "Look, I need my name, Bachman, 'cause I'm going out as a solo." At the time I owned everything. They said "we want to continue going as the band B.T.O." So we decided they would take the B.T.O. and I would take the Bachman-Turner Overdrive and out of that I could use my name, Bachman. It's really weird when somebody else owns your name. So that was our split. We got back together oh, 6 or 7 years ago due to the classic rock thing, the solid gold format. We joined together and toured as Bachman Turner Overdrive, B.T.O. but it got very tiring after a couple of years.
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