In 1968, native mid-westerners Michael Brewer & Tom Shipley were
deeply unhappy living in Los Angeles. They decided to split from L.A. as soon as
their debut A&M Records album, the appropriately titled, Down In L.A.. was
Having no definitive plans other than getting out of L.A. and
continuing to perform for audiences, they headed to
Michael's parents' home in
Oklahoma City, making a short stop at a Hopi Indian reservation on the
way. At Michael's parents in Oklahoma City, Tom pitched a tent in the back yard.
and Michael and Tom continued
to write songs that would appear on their
In the pictures below they are shown in the Brewer garage working on
a song inspired by Michael's young cousin Hali who had come to live
with Michael's parents.
A few months
later they would get a career boomerang, when they moved to Kansas City, formed Good Karma production
company with friends, and were signed by Buddah Kama Sutra Records.