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Jack Sundrud leaves the Backstreet Journal in Thief River Falls, MN and joins the Benson Obermyer Fruitstand Band in nearby Bemidji. The band also includes Dan Lund, his wife Karen, John Collins, and Steve Lundquist. Upon Sundrud's arrival, they rename the band Podipto.


Podipto records their first and only album in two sessions in Chicago. Produced by Elliott Abbott and Budd Carr, the epomonyous album is released on GRT Records. But the album doesn't sell. However, Podipto works steadily and opens for nationally known acts for the next couple of years.

Date Venue/City Also performing Notes Links
January (UD) Legion Rec Center, Halstad, MN      
July 2 Bemidji Armory, Bemidji, MN    
October 30 Cass Lake, MN      
October 31 Grand Forks, ND      
November (UD) Grand Rapids, MI Paul Revere & Raiders    
November (UD) Lansing, MI Paul Revere & Raiders    
November (UD) Flint, MI Paul Revere & Raiders    
November 14 Auditorium, Chicago, IL John Sebastian  

November 15 Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, MN John Sebastian    
November 29 Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, MN Elton John  

December 14 Cristy Ballroom, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD Sugarloaf  


Podipto's first and only album is released. Although a single is released and they tour the Midwest, the album fails to make the charts. The band does manage to open for Poco in the spring.

Date Venue/City Also performing Notes Links
February 3 KRNT Theater, Des Moines, IA Carpenters  

February 10 Sinclair Auditorium, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA Carpenters    
February 19 DePauw University, Greencastle, IN Carpenters  

February 26 Coliseum, University of Georgia, Athens, GA Carpenters    
February 27 East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN Carpenters    
March 3 Southern State University, Springfield, SD      
March 4 Oriental Theatre, Milwaukee, WI Poco  

March 5 Francis Field House, Washington University, St Louis, MO Poco    
March 6 Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall, Kansas City, KS Poco    
April 22 Pershing Auditorium, Lincoln, NB Kenny Rogers & First Edition, Linda Ronstadt Ronstadt canceled her appearance due to illness
April 23 Springfield, MO Kenny Rogers and First Edition    
May 1 MSC Student Union, Mankato, MN      
May 15 Memorial Hall Gym, Bemidji State College, Bemidji, MN David Buskin    
July 7 Meadow Brook Music Festival, Oakland University, Oakland, MI John Sebastian    
July 9 Ravina Jazz Festival, HIghland Park, IL John Sebastian    
August 13 Grandstand, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL Guess Who    
August 14 The Barn, Peoria, IL Crow, Fanny  

August 25 GNE Grandstand, Toronto, Canada Guess Who    
September 13 Clay County Fairgrounds, Spencer, IA Grass Roots    
October (UD) Ballroom, Moorhead State College, Fargo, ND      
October 24 University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND Rare Earth    



Date Venue/City Also performing Notes Links
September 23 St. John's University, Collegeville, MN      
October 6 Fieldhouse, MSC, Mayville, ND Rick Nelson & Stone Canyon Band  
October 13 Chester Fritz Auditorium, University of North Dakota, Grand Rapids, ND Grass Roots    
November 9 Apollo High School, St. Cloud, MN      
December 7 Bemidji Armory, Bemidji, MN   This was the first time in eight months that the band played their home town.



Date Venue/City Also performing Notes Links
April 1 Campus Center, Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, SD      
June 20 Silver Dollar, Elizabeth, MN    
June 30 Central State Fairgrounds, Rapid City, SD Black Oak Arkansas, Dr. Hook    
October (UD) Memorial Hall, Ripon College, Ripon, WI      
October 18 Memorial Hall Gym, Bemidji State College, Bemidji, MN      
November 12 Kolf's Sports Center, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, WI Carpenters Podipto unconfirmed  



Date Venue/City Also performing Notes Links
February 18-March 2 Jack's Place, Wilton, MN      
May 25 Balmoral Pavilion, Fergus Falls, MN Rock Two  
June 30 North Country Music Festival, Bemidji State College, Bemidji, MN Tomashock, Country Travelers, Hillboogy, Country Wheels, Gary and The Strangers, Clearwater Country, Roadmaster  
(UD) Red River High School Prom, Grand Forks, ND      
September 1 Kahler Motel Pub, Fargo, ND   Joshua Collins, son of John Collins, recently discovered a live recording of this show.
September 28 Memorial Hall, M100, Bemidji State College, Bemidji, MN    

Sundrud leaves Podipto in late 1973. Jack moves to Fargo, North Dakota and joins the Johnny Holm Band. They gig regionally to sell out crowds. Holm is still plying his trade in the region. Sundrud decides to move to Nashville in 1981.


Sundrud's first road gig after moving to Nashville was with Gail Davies band.

Date Venue/City Also performing Notes Links
May 15 Selland Arena, Fresno, CA Oak Ridge Boys    
May 16 Concord Pavilion, Concord, CA Oak Ridge Boys    
May 20 Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR Oak Ridge Boys  
May 21 Center Arena, Seattle, WA Oak Ridge Boys    
May 23 Spokane Coliseum, Spokane, WA Oak Ridge Boys    



Sundrud joins Poco in early 1985. He tours on and off with them for three years. During the downtime he also tours with Nicolette Larson and Dickie Betts.



Sundrud joins Michael Johnson's band. They are together until 1989.


Sundrud joins the reunited Poco on tour when Richie Furay drops out. He spends the entire summer and early fall on the road with them.


Sundrud forms Great Plains with Denny Dadmun-Bixby, Russ Pahl, and Michael Young. They record their debut album for Columbia Records.

Date Venue/City Also performing Notes Links
July 4 Dallas Freedom Fest, Budweiser Main Stage, Dallas, TX Bruce Hornsby & The Range, Joe Walsh, Tony Terry    
September 19 Buckboard Country Music Showcase, Atlanta, GA      
September 26 Cowboys, Dallas, TX      
November 2 Daniel Meyer Coliseum, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX Dan Seals, Holly Dunn    
November 14 Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis, MN      
November 15 Cubby Bear, Chicago, IL      
November 18 Zed, Washington DC      
December 13 Performing Arts Center, Festival Hall, Tampa Bay, FL Ricky Van Shelton    



Great Plains begins work on a second album but Columbia drops the band from the label before it is completed.

Date Venue/City Also performing Notes Links
April Country Music Fan Jam, West End, Dallas, TX Ray Price, Billy Ray Cyrus    
May 1 Springfest, Ocean City, MD Paulette Carlson    
May 7 Breakers, Dayton, OH      
May 8 Downtown Hoedown, Detroit, MI Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Shenandoah    
May 20 Stetson Connection at Pierre's in the Marketplace of Canterbury, Ft. Wayne, IN Kicker    
May 23 Taste of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH Pam Tillis, Aaron Tippin, Remingtons    
June 20 Chowan County Fairgrounds, Edenton, VA Forester Sisters, Blackhorse    
July 16 Jamboree in the Hills, Morristown, OH Joe Diffie, Billy Dean, Collin Raye, Tracy Lawrence    
August 22-24 Colorado State Fair, Miller Amphitheatre, Pueblo, CO      
September 19 New Berlin, IL Lee Roy Parnell, City Limits    
September 29 Nashville Now, TNN-TV      
October 3 Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA Hal Ketchum, Billy Ray Cyrus, Martina McBride, California Cowboys    
October 4 Lexington, KY Doug Stone, McBride & The Ride    
October 8-11 Shrimp Festival, Barefoot Bar, Gulf Shores, AL William Lee Golden, Oak Ridge Boys, The McCarters, The Goldens  
November 18 Austin City Limits, PBS-TV Kathy Mattea This was the recording date.  



Russ Pahl and Michael Young leave Great Plains in May 1993. Sundrud decides to carry on with Dadmun-Bixby and a couple session players to keep the band going.

Date Venue/City Also performing Notes Links
March 5 Nashville Now, TNN-TV      
March 27 Austin City Limits airs on PBS      
May 3 Crazy Horse Saloon, Santa Ana, CA      
May (UD) Billy Block's Western Beat American Music Showcase, Highland Grounds, Hollywood, CA      
June 4 Victory Stadium, Roanoke, VA Marty Stuart, Black Water    
June 19 WestFest, Red Rivver, NM Michael Martin Murphey, Guy Clark    
July 5 CenterStage, Onondaga Lakes, NY Back Alley Boys, Reckless Drivin', City Slickers    
July 11 Eastern States Exhibition, West Springfield, MA Clint Black, Wynnona Judd, Michael Johnson    
July 26 Helen Keller Festival, Spring Park, Tuscumbia, AL Cleve Francis    
July 28 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD Lorrie Morgan, Doug Stone, Tracy Lawrence    
August 4 Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH Lorrie Morgan, Doug Stone, Tracy Lawrence    
August 6 Soo Pass Ranch, Detroit Lakes, MN Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sawyer Brown, John Anderson, Wynonna Judd    
August 6-7 Club Dance, TNN-TV      



After a hiatus, Jack Sundrud and Denny Dadmun-Bixby recruit multi-instrumentalist Lex Browning and record a second album, HOMELAND. However, it doesn't do particularly well and Great Plains is put to rest after a tour to promote it.

Date Venue/City Also performing Notes Links
July 4 The Pier, St. Petersburgh, FL Survivor, Stevie Nicks    
July 12 CountryFest '96, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Atlanta, GA Paul Brandt, Chris Ward, Burnin' Daylight    
September 4 Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY Josie Waverly    
September (UD) WestFest, Copper Mountain, CO Michael Martin Murphy, Merle Haggard, Kathy Mattea, Toby Keith, Tracy Lawrence, Dixie Chicks, NGDB    
September 20 Virginia Beach Amphitheatre, Virginia Beach, VA Clay Walker    
October 6 Long Park, Lancaster, PA Martina McBride, Terri Clark, Bryan White, Lonestar    



Sundrud rejoins Poco mid-year.



Date Venue/City Also performing Notes Links
May 1 The Basement, Nashville, TN Sundrud and Cotton play a show with Craig Bickardt and John Mock    
June 3 The Basement, Nashville, TN Helen Darling, John Mock, Craig Bickardt    


Sundrud releases his first solo album, BY MY OWN HAND.


Sundrud releases his second lp in as many years, IDLEWHEEL, in collaboration with Craig Bickhardt.

Date Venue/City Also performing Notes Links
March 12 Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, TN Jeff Pearson Writer's Night with 13 songwriters  
June 21 Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, TN Steve Dan Mills, Matt Mills, Paula Hawley and Jubal Lee Young    



Date Venue/City Also performing Notes Links
September 14 Sellersville Theatre, Sellersville, PA   Idlewheel performance  


The Idlewheel World Tour takes place in late February in the northeast. Jack and Craig Bickhardt recruit Tom Hampton (g), Tom Geddes (d), and Mike Kurson on bass as their backing band.

Date Venue/City Also performing Notes Links
February 15 Turning Point, Piermont, NY Dan May Idlewheel performance  
February 16 The Landhaven, Barto, PA   Idlewheel performance  
February 17 House concert, Belvidere, NJ   Idlewheel performance  
February 17 Tin Angel, Philadelphia, PA Dan May Idlewheel performance  
February 19 The Cutting Room, New York City, NY Dan May Idlewheel performance - Mike Beeson fills in on drums  
October 16 Turning Point, Piermont, NY   Idlewheel performance  
October 17 Puck, Doyletown, PA   Idlewheel performance  
October 18 Burlap & Beans, Newtown Square, PA   Idlewheel performance  
October 19 House Concert, Union, NJ   Idlewheel performance  


Idlewheel plays a couple dates opening for Poco, including a fine New Year's Eve Eve show.


Date Venue/City Also performing Notes Links
May 31 Concert Under the Stars, King of Prussia, PA Poco Idlewheel performance  
December 30 Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA Poco Idlewheel performance  


Jack does a solo show and Idlewheel plays a couple dates, including opening for Poco.


Date Venue/City Also performing Notes Links
February 11 Beach House, Landsdowne, PA   Cancelled due to bad weather  
February 12 The Pavilion at the Court, King of Prussia, PA Lizanne Knott, JD Malone Sundrud unavailable due to weather, the show goes on!  
February 13 Puck, Printer's Alley, Doylestown, PA Wissahickon Chicken Shack Idlewheel performance  
February 14 Wade's home, Union, NJ   Idlewheel house concert  
October 23-24 Wildwood Springs Lodge, Steelville, MO Little River Band Jack opens two shows solo - Rusty Young also sits in  
October 30 Ramshead Tavern, Annapolis, MD Poco Idlewheel performance  


Jack's old 1980's band, The Crows, remaster their cassette album and release it on CD and perform a reunion show. Other members of the Crows were Sue Braswell and Keith Miles. Jack also produces Chris Ross and completes an EP of new music entitled "Cage."


Date Venue/City Also performing Notes Links
February 3 Shanachie Pup, Ambler, PA   Idlewheel performance  
February 4 Studio of Long Valley, Long Valley, PA   Idlewheel performance  
February 5 Wade's house, Union, NJ   Idlewheel home concert  
August 27 Owl's Hill Nature Sanctuary, Nashville, TN Michael Kelsh The Crows reunion show  
September 17 Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion      
November 11 Trivoli Theater, St. Louis, MO Rusty Young    


Jack and Craig Bickhardt undertake an Idlewheel acoustic tour during August.


Date Venue/City Also performing Notes Links
March 17 Thrive Station, Ambler, PA Craig Bickhardt, Jack Murray Idewheel acoustic replaces Thom Schuyler  
June 8 White Horse, Black Mountain, NC Craig Bickhardt, Don Henry Sundrud solo in the round  
August 18 Feed Store & Watering Hole, Malden, IL Craig Bickhardt, Josh Hisle    
August 19 Woodsong's Coffee House, Wauwatosa, WI Craig Bickhardt    
August 21 The Brink, Madison, WI Craig Bickhardt, Beth Lille Sundrd solo in the round  
August 22 Earth Angel's Coffee House, River Falls, WI Craig Bickhardt    
August 23 Schmitt Music, Roseville, MN Craig Bickhardt Songwriter's workshop  
August 25 Community Center, Oklee, MN Craig Bickhardt    
August 26 Studio 222, Fargo, ND Craig Bickhardt    
November 23 Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, TN Karen Staley, Jerry Vandiver, Misty Loggins Sundrud solo in the round  



Date Venue/City Also performing Notes Links
January 30 Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, TN Karen Staley, Jerry Vandiver, Tim Ruppert Sundrud solo in the round  
March 30 The Listening Room Cafe, Nashville, TN Lorna Flowers, Jason Duke, Doc Holliday Sundrud solo in the round  
April 6 Commodore Grille, Nashville, TN Don Henry, Karen Staley, Jerry Vandiver Sundrud solo in the round  
August 8 Crossings at Carnegie, Zumbrota, MN   Idlewheel performance  




Date Venue/City Also performing Notes Links
March 21 Chaplin's, Spring City, PA      
March 22 Godfrey Daniels, Bethelehem, PA Thom Schuyler    
April 19 Rams Head, Annapolis, MD      
August 9 Oklee, MN      
August 15 Riverside Hotel, Garden City, ID      
August 17 Great Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, Sandpoint, ID