Beau Renfro: Home
***Wow! Almost time for the 5th Annual Clear Country Band Family Re-union in Tucson, Arizona. If you don't have your invite get in touch with me or Rick Skinner. It's set to be bigger then last year and I'm looking forward to it. Starting Friday night March 18th and going all week till the big ending at the De Anza RV Center. It's always a super good time with all the friends and family. I sure hope to see all of you there. Last year ***
Beau Renfro is a member of the Rock-a-Billy Hall of Fame in Jackson, Tenn. He is a Entertainer, Song Writer, Singer, Music man or just an all around good ole' boy ,who had just as soon be fishing or hunting as anything else. Beau's music career started like a lot of Country Singers, in a church in Forrest City, Arkansas. That is where he learned how to sing by listening to his Mother and Sisters sing those good old Gospel songs. All of his nine Sisters had a big part in the way Beau's music is today. His Sister Jean paid for his first guitar and sisters Lou, Joyce, Naomi and Helen made sure he paid attention as they worked out the songs for Sunday service and his little sister Martha looked on.
Beau was always around the radio when the music was on and listening to the great sounds out of Nashville. From Little Jimmy Dickens to Ernest Tubb and later hearing Faron Young and Marty Robbins. After moving to East Texas at a early age, Beau formed a Country Band called Beau & the Bandits. While working at a Radio Station (Kroz) as the morning DJ, he played his music at night in some of Texas' most famous night clubs. From the Sawmill Club to the Oil Palace and from The Rio to The Tropicana. Working each night with his five piece band. Hired also to back many of the Country Stars out of Nashville, T.G. Shepard, Moe Bandy, Jerry Reed, Charlie Rich, Faron Young and Joe Stampley.
On one of those nights he had a chance meeting with David Houston when David and his manager Tillman Franks ask Beau to join David's Band and work the road. This gave way to Beau opening all the shows for Houston and playing the Famed Grand Ole' Opry. David gave Beau a slot in the show to sing one of his songs. After the show Tillman took him to meet Billy Deaton and upon word from Tillman, Billy signed Beau to a contract and in 1976 his first album produced by Billy Deaton hit the radio stations worldwide. There's No More Gold, Beau's first release was the pic-hit-of the week for Billboard Magazine, and went to #85 on the Country Charts.
Beau took on a new job, working for Cedarwood Pub. Co. in Nashville. Pushing songs by some of Nashville's best writers. At a meeting with Jim Denny and A&R Man John Westley he pitched the song Red Wine to Epic Records. The song went to #5 for Joe Stampley
After his first Album Beau fall off the charts so he went back to Texas to work again in those nightclubs that once brought him attention. Texas music was home to Beau, but the road was taking him away from his family. So Beau called up another old friend. Bill Endsley. After many phone calls and a meeting or two Beau was hired to M.C. the famed Ozark Jubilee in Branson ,MO. The show played about 200 dates a year But he still had no time for wife Brenda and Kids. So he was pulled once again from the music he loved and a family he loved more.
Beau and his Family moved to Tucson Arizona in favor of hanging up his Cowboy Hat and getting a real job. After a few years of working in the car business Beau meet Jerry McCreary who loved his music and began pushing Beau to write more songs and play music again in the Clubs and Casino's. Beau Renfro and his Clear Country Band was formed in Tucson with Rick Skinner, Harry Bolin and Mickey Gee.
Now as the sun goes down on this old Cowboy I would like to say "Thank you all so much for playing my songs and booking me in your Clubs and coming to see me and the band, and for just being my friend. After many years, Beau and his wife Brenda have moved back to Arkansas, to a little town in the foothills of the Ozarks. He still receives mail from all his many fans. Beau is still playing his Guitar and singing when he is asked, but on a somewhat smaller level. His music is still available on CDBABY.COM and many other places on the net.
"Thank you for all the good times and I hope many more to come."
P.S. Be sure catch up with the old Clear Country Band, who knows, one of these days I might just walk in to see them myself.