Rex Sherry

Austin, Texas

Recorded with Sonobeat circa 1975
No commercial releases on Sonobeat Records
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Sonobeat's tape master of its sessions with Austin singer Rex Sherry; note the odd combination of running times for the four "cuts" on the tape, perhaps indicating two potential 45 RPM single releases that never occur

Country and blues singer and guitarist Rex Sherry records with Sonobeat during the second half of 1975, most likely in August or September. We find no session notes in the Sonobeat archives to pin down the exact date of Rex's sessions, but his recordings are stored on the same reel that holds those of Nasty Habit, who we know record with Sonobeat in August 1976. Sonobeat co-founder Bill Josey Sr. produces and engineers Rex's sessions at Sonobeat's Blue Hole Sounds studio on the outskirts of Liberty Hill, Texas, some 30 miles north of Austin. We believe that either prior to or at the same time as his "solo" sessions, Rex is a member of a Central Texas band called Rocking Horse that in 1973 contributes to Bill's Sonobeat sessions with Gary York and Evelyn.

Rex has a vocal delivery similar to Johnny Cash's. He records four songs at Sonobeat, but the titles of the songs and composers are not documented in the Sonobeat archives. Rex's tracks are recorded with only a standard guitar – which Rex plays – and electric bass.

Although born in Gonzales, Texas, Rex grows up in Junction, about 140 miles west of Austin. At the time of his Sonobeat sessions, Rex works for the Texas Department of Health in Austin. He begins recording at other studios in Central Texas as early as 1967, and in the '80s forms country band The Thoroughbreds. He also forms his own label, Thoroughbred Records to self-release occasional country singles. He places an ad in Billboard Magazine in 1970 advertising his self-released single Guitar Picker's Epitaph. Rex has another hobby besides music: cooking. He presents his secret recipe – which he calls "Toddy for the Body" – for a unique take on a traditional south-of-the-border stew called menudoIn Mexican cuisine, a red chili pepper-based soup made from tripe and enters his concoction in the menudo cook-off at the 1975 San Marcos [Texas] Cinco de Mayo Festival. After retiring from the Texas Department of Health in 1993, Rex opens a private investigation firm in Austin, which he operates until his death on August 24, 2011.

Rex Sherry personnel

Rex Sherry: standard guitar and vocals
Unidentified musician: bass

Unreleased Sonobeat recordings

Four unidentified songs, although one may be The Apple Tree

Produced and engineered by Bill Josey Sr.
Recorded at Sonobeat's Blue Hole Sounds studios in Liberty Hill, Texas, during August or September 1975
Recording equipment: ElectroVoice 665 microphones, ElectroVoice Slimair 636 microphones, Sony ECM22 electret condenser microphones, Dokorder 7140 quarter-inch 4-track tape deck, custom 16-channel 4-bus mixing console, Fairchild Lumiten 663ST optical compressor, Blonder-Tongue Audio Baton 9-band stereo graphic equalizer, custom steel plate stereo reverb, Ampex 681 and Sony Superscope tape stock

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Sonobeat archive photo of Rex Sherry, which he begins using for publicity as early as 1970, when he self-releases the single Guitar Picker's Epitaph on his own Austin-based Thoroughbred Records label