Featuring tight vocal harmonies and crisp instrumental arrangements, the Albany-based country-rock band Badge had a 10-year run, playing throughout the Capital Region as regulars at places like J.B. Scott’s and at honky tonks and music halls all across the Northeast, often opening for such headliners as Linda Ronstadt, David Bromberg, Pure Prairie League, Commander Cody, the New Riders of the Purple Sage and many others.
Playing their own blend of country and rock which they termed “North County Rock,” Badge played their first gig back in the fall of 1974 and kept the ball rolling for a full decade, finally calling it quits following their last show in September of 1984. The band featured Jim Barber (bass & vocals), Jim Dimmenno (lead guitar), Al Lemery (guitar & vocals), Rick Morse (pedal steel guitar) and Bob Ringrose (drums & vocals).
But now after nearly a 30-year hiatus, it seems as though the Badge legacy is not quite over just yet. The band will play a one-time-only reunion show at the Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs at 1pm on Sunday (December 1). Admission is FREE.
And that’s not all…
In conjunction with their reunion show, Badge will also celebrating the release of Playing in the Band: 1974-1984, an album of previously unreleased recordings. The 10 original songs were recorded at Arabellum Studio in Albany, MCE Studio in Schenectady and Specialized Audio in Ballston Spa between 1979-1983. The CD will be available on Sunday at the reunion show.