Terra Firma

2008 - Band

The core of Terra Firma began with two brothers, John and Joe Burrows. John played drums and Joe the guitar. From a very early age, the boys could be found playing and having fun in the living room of their home. When the junior high school years arrived, the brothers recruited other schoolmates to join in, and like many garage bands, had some great names like "Pressed Worm and Warthog" and "Mirror".

By the very early 70's, Joe and John had teamed up with John Griffiths (guitar), Duane Twiss (bass), Kent Boehm (vocals) and Mike Veon (keyboards), to form the early Terra Firma. The band embraced country rock like Neil Young and Buffalo Springfield among others. In 1972, Greg Overton (lead guitar) joined the band. Soon after, Griffiths, Veon and Boehm left the band. Overton brought in another young guitar player by the name of Larry Sowder and the five members began playing venues like Teen Town, the Red Barn in Adel, the Roof Garden Ballroom. Sowder left the band after a year and Terra Firma became a four-piece band turning towards hard rock like Foghat & Alice Cooper.

In 1974, the direction of the band turned once again with the addition of Kurt Jungck on keyboards. Armed with an electric piano and a Hammond C3 organ, Jungck afforded the group the flexibility to play a much wider variety of music. This is when the band began to write some original material. This remained the final line up for Terra Firma. The band wrote, arranged and performed many original songs. Some of their work was recorded at A&R Studios in Ames and included such songs as ‘Change’, ‘Made in India’ and ‘Keep You With Me.’

Terra Firma had a very busy touring schedule throughout most of the 1970's. They amassed a truck-full of equipment and counted on Bob Economaki, Paul Macht and John Kirkpatrick to help with the thankless job of setting it all up, running sound and lights and tearing it all back down. The band had a huge fan base and was sought after to perform at many venues such as Jollies in Des Moines, Thunderbird Lanes in Des Moines, The Totem Pole in Des Moines, The Starline Ball Room in Carroll, Val Air in Des Moines, Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, The Name of the Game in Albert Lee, MN, Sundance Palace in Audubon, Arcade Club in Denison and countless high school and college parties in towns across Iowa.

Terra Firma played their last performance on Feb 19, 1977 at the American Legion Hall in Des Moines (formerly known as "the Clique") and shared the bill with a band called Worlds. All of Terra Firma's members are still in the central Iowa area and many are involved with music and performing in some way today. For making great music in the 70’s, Terra Firma joins the Hall of Fame Class of 2008. Check out their website at http://web.mac.com/gregoverton/iWeb/TF

The Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association Hall of Fame & Museum exists to preserve the legacy of rock and roll music in Iowa by honoring achievements, educating youth and inspiring artists. Established in 1997, we are a501(c)(3) non-profit statewide organization with many areas of service.

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