Musician and sculptor, Craig Nutt was the leader of Ron 'Pate's Debonairs, a Tuscaloosa Alabama wild big band who backed Reverend Fred Lane ( Their first recording Raudelunas 'Pataphysical Revue was made in 1975.

Review by Ed Baxter from The Wire magazine's "100 Records That Set The World On Fire" (Issue 175: Sep 1998):

Ron 'Pate's Debonairs featuring Rev Fred Lane Raudelunas 'Pataphysical Revue (SAY DAY BEW RECORDS 1977)

Raudelunas 'Pataphysical RevueA document of a single evening in the university town of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, March 1975, at the Second Raudelunas Exposition. Dominating proceedings is Fred Lane, towering alter ego of flautist and whirlygig sculptor Tim Reed, who comperes with a series of hilarious lateral jokes and weird monologues. His cover versions of "Volare" and "My Kind Of Town" backed by Ron 'Pate's Debonairs - a hot, swinging, meandering big band - set new standards as melody gives way to controlled, impassioned and deeply humorous improvisation. This monumental work also features Anne LeBaron's superb "Concerto For Active Frogs"; Mitchell Cashion's charming setting of Julius Caesar's "The Chief Divisions Of The Peoples Of Gaul"; Industrial noise from The Captains Of Industry; and wild Improv combo The Blue Denim Deals Without The Arms. No other record has ever come as close to realising Alfred Jarry's desire "to make the soul monstrous" - or even had the vision or invention to try. It's all over the place. The sleeve notes describe it as "the best thing ever" - time has not damaged this audacious claim.

Track Listing


Introduction (Chuck Oggman)

  • My Kind of Town (Chicago Is), (Cahn, Van Heusen), Ron 'Pate's Debonairs featuring Fred Lane Monologue, That Darn Lane
  • Concerto for Active Frogs, (Anne LeBaron), Anne LeBaron-Percussion, Tape; Adrian Dye - Vocal Soloist; Davey Williams - Alto Saxophone; Rogerty Hagerty - Oboe, Musette; Jack Reese - Species; FROG CHORUS: Janice Hathaway, Nolan Hatcher, Craig Nutt, LaDonna Smith, Theodore Bowen, Johnny Williams, Mitchell Cashion
  • The Captains of Industry, (Traditional), The Captains of Industry - Various Appliances


  • The Lonely Astronauts, (Improvisation), The Blue Denim Deals Without the Arms: Roger Hagerty-Tenor sax, Nolan Hatcher-Coronet, Craig Nutt-Trombone, Baritone Horn, Gourd; Theodore Bowen-Bass; Davey Williams-Alto Sax, Guitar; Adrian Dye-Piano; LaDonna Smith-Viola, Trumpet; Mitchell Cashion-Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone Horn, Gourd; Mark Lanter-Drums; Johnny Williams-Alto Sax; Anne LeBaron-Harp, Percussion; Charles Ogden-Steel Drum; Cathy Mehler-Cello; Fred McGann-Soprano Sax
  • The Shemp Howard Story (Fred Lane), Rev. Fred Lane
  • The Chief Divisions of the Peoples of Gaul (J. Caesar, M. Cashion), The Nubis Oxis Quarum: Theodore Bowen-Cymbals, Davey Williams-Baritone Horn; LaDonna Smith-Viola; Roger Hagerty-Musette; Mitchell Cashion-Guitar; Mark Lanter-Percussion; Anne LeBaron-Harp; Craig Nutt-Gourd, Recitation; Nolan Hatcher-Coronet, Recitation
  • Monologue, That Darn Lane Again
  • Volare, (Parish, Modugno), Ron 'Pate's Debonairs featuring Fred Lane


Raudelunas 'Pataphysical Revue First Edition Back Cover Ron 'Pate's Debonairs:

Ron 'Pate- Trombone
Rev. Fred Lane- MC, Star, Vocalist, Comic
Abdul "Ben" Camel- Bass
Omar Bagh-dad-a- Piano
Cyd Cherise- Guitar, Alto 'Pataphone
Don "Pretty Boy" Smith- Trumpet
Dick Foote- Oboe, Musette, Tenor Sax
Bob "Cheapskate" Cashion- Trombone
"Bill" The Kid Dap- Drums
Johnny Fent-Lister- Alto Sax
Nips "Napes" Newton- Harp, Percussion

(All lyrics/samples/artwork copyright © the original artists. Reproduced for review/promotional purposes only.)

Source: The 'Pataphysical World of Fred Lane and friends


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Jan. 7-Feb. 2


"But all living art will be irrational, primitive, and complex; it will speak a secret language and leave behind documents not of edification but of paradox."- Hugo Ball

Trans/Productions and the University of Alabama are proud to present this once-in-a-lifetime historical exhibit/retrospective for Tuscaloosa's Raudelunas art collective in honor of their contributions to the cultural and artistic heritage of the state of Alabama. As purveyors of some of the most cutting edge art, music, literature, and theater to ever come from the Deep South, we are honored to be able to re-introduce a new generation of Alabamians to the radically expansive creativity of these unique artists, who stand as some of the most challenging the United States has ever produced. From the humorously dark satire of Dada-inspired big band leader Rev. Fred Lane, to the wild free improv excursions of the Blue Denim Deals Without The Arms and TransMuseq, and the Surrealist-inspired artwork of Craig Nutt, Janice Hathaway, and Fletcher Hayes- among many, many others- the exposition aims to show both the breadth and depth of their artistic mission along with the many formats in which it manifested itself. Having propagated some of the most groundbreaking artists to ever emerge from the state of Alabama- from avant-blues guitar master Davey Williams, to pioneering violin/viola player LaDonna Smith, world-reknowned harpist/composer Anne LeBaron, and card carrying Surrealist Mitchell Cashion- the Raudelunas stand as a tribute to the vision of a small but dedicated group of subversive aesthetes who saw no limit to the range of their creative endeavors.

Featuring original artifacts from the expositions the group put on at the Ferguson Center in 1974 and 1975, along with period pieces from throughout their 1970's heyday- including group drawings and paintings, assemblages, sculptures, manifestos, posters, records and photographs- this multi-media exposition aims to bring to life the artistic legacy of these supremely talented artists and musicians and preserve it for future generations. Culminating in a one-night-only reunion concert on February 2nd at the the Ferguson Center Theatre (the very site of the Raudelunas 'Pataphysical Revue in 1975) featuring Anne LeBaron, Davey Williams, LaDonna Smith, and Craig Nutt- along with several surprise guests- the 2013 Raudelunas Exposition will at once befuddle, amuse, amaze, and inspire, and should serve as an apt introduction to their strange and wonderful world.

Don't miss it!!!

Come be a part of history!!! Sincerely,

Lee M. Shook, Jr. Organizer/Curator

Gallery open Mon.- Sat. from 8am -5pm.

Closing reception will be held on Feb. 2 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Ferguson Center Student Art Gallery followed immediately by the concert at the Ferguson Center Theatre from 7:30-9:00 p.m.

"Not a movement....just movement."

(***The concert will also feature the Alabama debut of the trailer for Icepick To The Moon, the feature length documentary being made about the Rev. Fred Lane and Raudelunas by Baltimore based filmmaker Skizz Cyzyk, who will also be on hand to film the closing reception and performance. Rare "lost" footage of the Raudelunas performing in one of the homecoming parades from the 1970's will also be shown immediately following the film.)



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