Chimes of Freedom
Tex Mitchell and the Rhythm Riders
Country corners was owned by an old guy named Walt Bishop. The Bishop family of Chimacum is the family that Betty MacDonald wrote about in The Egg and I.
It was on the main intersection of town now the only stoplight. It ran from about 1963 to 1972. Local bands played there as well as those from Seattle, Bremerton etc. Over the years The Viceroys, The Sonics, The Counts, River Bond, Chimes of Freedom and many other played there.
The place was usually packed with teens and the parking lot was a huge beer party.
Jeff Hammer, January 2010
I worked a few gigs at "Country Corners" between 70' and 71" with my Dad's band, Tex Mitchell and the Rhythm Riders. His band featured Ty Willard, a very accomplished and well known lead guitarist from Tacoma. I remember the Bishop family very well. They were very nice people to work for and it was a fun place to play. Not only was it a good paying job, it was filled to capacity always. The stage was of particular interest with the walls and ceiling being lined with egg cartons. Believe it or not, this created extremely good acoustics. They charged an admission and it was a BYOB. There was never any trouble and the people up there really made you feel welcome. It would be fun to go back in time and work one more gig there.
Steve Mitchell, Peoria, AZ, September 2010