The Draghounds roared out of Austin, Minnesota in the mid-1980s along with The Gear Daddies & The Third Eye. I have a friend named Chris who claims that The Draghounds were “like gods”, they played all kinds of wild musical events & parties in southern Minnesota, even at High School dances. They put out a 7″ single (culled from the 1988 tape- “Never Live Without” made it to vinyl), a double LP, some CDs and A TON of cassettes. Bassist Davin Odegaard eventually joined the Rank Strangers; singer/guitarist Mike Nicolai has put out a grip of solo releases, and spends his time in the other Austin, you know, the one in Texas. Thanks to Mike for granting me permission to post some oh his earliest recordings here, all three are from the 1988 tape. Included here is a tiny letter that Mike wrote to Ed Ackerson & I when he submitted the tape- it is written on the back of a matchbook cover.
Never Live Without