Lewis & Clarke Expedition Makes Musical History

Michael Martin Murphey, Owen Castleman

Just like the famous explorers in your history books, a new team has come West across the United States.

It was in 1804 that William Lewis and Meriweather Clarke and a band of rugged men began to explore the Western Territory. By foot, on horseback and canoe they found and mapped the streams, mountains and deserts, making possible the settlement of the land.

The history-making second “expedition” of Lewis and Clarke began in 1966 in Dallas, Texas, home of Travis Lewis and Boomer Clarke. They traveled by car along fine highways, and instead of muskets, beans and gunpowder, they carried guitars and drums. Travis and Boomer’s “expedition” meant to conquer the west MUSICALLY!

First they stopped in San Antonio where they found bass guitarist John London. In Oklahoma they picked up drummer Johnny Raines. Nearby the Pacific Ocean they found Ken Bloom. Wherever they went people joined them as fervent fans. The Expedition now numbers in the zillions and it’s still growing!

Magazine: Fave
Editor: Mary Jo Clements
Volume: 1
Issue: 3
Publisher: Laufer Publishing Co.
Pages: 26–27