BUZZ GAMBLE hailed from Thalia, Texas... West Texas. He'd been in most jails in Texas and even more in California. It's possible that no white man in America sang the blues as good as Buzz. He lived the blues and it helped to keep him alive. While in Soledad Prison, he won the respect of the prison population when he sang for 3000 men in one of America's hardest jails. Johnny Paycheck (Take This Job And Shove It) wrote a song about Buzz Gamble, 'The Great Donut Robbery'; a tale of Buzz going away for 5 years for stealing 169 donuts up in Salinas. Buzz took heroin for 23 years and kicked it more than 10 years ago on a marijuana farm in the mountains near where he lived in the high desert country of Southern California. Just before his death 'Cheap Tequila', with Johnette Napolitano, was released. His voice and appearance were riveting, his stage presence was unique.
KRISTINA QUIGLEY - Beginning at age 15, Kristina sang at Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace every weekend, where her grandmother, Harriet, helped her hone her skills as a professional singer. In the summers, based out of Oregon, Kristina traveled around the U.S. singing at county fairs, rodeos, coffee houses, and private parties. During those traveling years, she recorded with the band Cracker on their album 'Kerosene Hat'. Her new CD is now available.
ROJER ARNOLD grew up in the High Desert. He was one of the last men to play with the immortal Gram Parsons who tragically died in Rojers's hometown of Joshua Tree. Some of the biggest names in rock 'n' roll were part of his musical experience. Scott Mackenzie introduced Rojer to Gram. Donovon, Keith Stills, Eric Burdon, Frank Zappa, John Mayall, all were his contempories in the southern desert sounds. He has played on numerous CDs during a life that has always been a quest for artistic perfection.
STUD VALLEY RANCH - Our property was the camp for the carpenters who built Pioneertown, so we are walking on 'history' - by Hollywood standards. - Anitra and John
PAPPY & HARRIET'S - 'As you drive toward this inimitable restaurant, the Joshua trees and jagged rocks hugging each side of the road bring a sense of peace. This desert scenery is a prelude for a rocking and rollicking saloon that attracts a steady flow of regulars from the high and low desert.' (inpalmsprings.com). Read John Huff's description of a typical evening at 'The Club'. 760-365-5956
THE PIONEERTOWN MOTEL - Built in 1946 as a bunkhouse for western film and TV stars shooting in Pioneertown, this motel sticks close to its roots. Each room, from the Cowboy Room to the Twilight Zone Room, has a theme that matches its name. The Flower room is all about buds and blooms. Hiking trails outside the motel lead into the desert. Bring your horse -- there are corrals just for visiting animals. 18 rooms. Kitchenettes, cable TV, in-room VCRs AE, D, MC, V. (760)365-4879
A VIEW FROM PIONEERTOWN - Take a few minutes to read John Huff's humorous and informative articles about Pioneertown. You'll really enjoy learning about 'How The West Was Once' ... right up to present day.
DIAMOND FILM LOCATIONS - The Gem of the Mohave with more than twenty years of experience in film and television ensures professional location services, including Production Design, Set Construction, Special Effects and Art Direction. 760-228-0494
ARCHAEOLOGICAL ADVISORY GROUP - We seek to provide a leading role in southern California as advisors, investigators, and problem solvers on issues regarding prehistoric and historical archaeology and related fields. We are centrally located in the historic "hamlet" of Pioneertown.
PIONEER BOWL - 'Bowl like a buckaroo reliving the Wild West. Roy Rogers rolled the first ball in 1947, and movie-set painter Wallace Roland Stark filled every wall with colorful Western scenes. Although the pin boys were replaced by pin-setting machines in the early '60s, nearly everything else remains as it was 50 years ago. The six lanes feature aboveground ball returns; you can play a coin-operated baseball game from 1947 and even use the original ball polisher. (www.aaa-calif.com).