The Beat Farmers was formed in 1983 in San Diego, California, USA, by drummer/vocalist Country Dick Montana (Dan McLain 1955, USA, d. 8 November 1995, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada). A veteran of previous San Diego bands the Crawdaddys and Penetrators, he was deeply immersed in the local underground music scene, having established the citys first alternative music record shop and formed the local Kinks Preservation Society. The Beat Farmers intelligent hybrid of punk, pop and country always benefited from Montanas endearing sense of comedy, which often focused on agricultural issues - as did his annual fanzine, the Beat Farmers Almanac (a parody of the Farmers Almanac). The groups debut album came in 1985 with Tales Of The New West, a record that included appearances from Peter Case, Chip and Tony Kinman (Rank And File) and Sid Griffin (Long Ryders). Prior to The Pursuit Of Happiness Montanas primary...