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Led by guitarist and vocalist Barry Tashian, The Remains hit the Boston scene in the mid-1960s. As legend has it, the lines to get into their shows at The Rathskeller, the Kenmore Square live music hotbed that closed in 1997, would stretch all the way to Fenway Park. It’s not too hard to believe that – the band and later Tashian himself had a knack for running in some pretty lofty circles. For instance, The Remains are perhaps best known today as the opening band for The Beatles last U.S. tour and played the Ed Sullivan Show. Despite being associated with the hard-edges of garage music, The Remains were very accomplished musicians. This would dictate the path of Tashian’s career post-Remains.
Not being able to find commercial success to go with their critical acclaim, the band folded in 1966 after one album. Tashian’s career was just getting started, however. Over the next few decades, Tashian would play with Gram Parsons, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and be in Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band before finally settling in to a folk/bluegrass project with his wife in 1972. The duo, called Barry and Holly Tashian, finally released their first album in 1989, 31 years after Barry’s national television debut on American Bandstand. They have since won several awards for their songwriting and have been profiled in many major outlets.
Join us at 5pm today to reflect on the career of Barry Tashian and what many critics call “America’s greatest lost band,” The Remains.