honing their craft as solo folk
artists and then as staff songwriters for a major record label, in 1968, Brewer and Shipley
finally got the chance
to record their first album on A&M Records.
But the title of their album,
Down In L.A.,
also reflected their discontent with
California. So even before
their debut album was finished,
Michael and Tom were determined to leave L.A. and move back to the Midwest
despite a newly released album and mutual friends who were
starting to make it big in bands such as The Association, Buffalo
Springfield, and The Byrds.
described their decision, "There was a music scene built
up in Kansas City, and Michael and I used to come during Christmas and
it was great. There would be clouds in the sky -- you don't see clouds
in L.A., just the haze. There was a significant period of time when we
were essentially homeless. Then we set ourselves down with all these old
friends to try and get a musical production company going."
Karma Productions, a Kansas
City based management and production company, was formed to produce and manage founding artists Brewer & Shipley,
Danny Cox, Ted Anderson, and Chet Nichols. The Ozark Mountain Daredevils
became Good Karma artists a few years later.