Farley Byrd Bass (and Sometimes Tenor), Bugle Founder,
Director of Sinus Affairs, Box Springs Industrial Ammonia Plant; Now
selling ice and bait at the Box Springs Grub Mart and delivering
Hallelujah to Ya!
Greetings from Farley Byrd, your friendly bass (and sometimes tenor) for
the Glory Bugles...at your service.
Don't worry, I'm not gonna write quite as much as my beautiful – but
admittedly long-winded -- wife, Beulah, on the preceding page. Instead,
I'm gonna be as brief as I can without leaving out key details that you
need to know about the Bugles, our music and our quaint little community
of Box Springs, TN.
Let me start at the beginning (which is always a great place to start,
don't you think?)
I was originally born in small town called Patchy Fog just a few miles
from where I now reside in Box Springs. My father was a chicken farmer and
my mother was a seamstress. One day they decided to sew some clothes for
the chickens to help keep them warm during the winter. Well, the idea just
kind of took wing, so to speak, and was doing so well locally that it was
outperforming the chicken business. So mom and dad went into it full time
under the name of "CluckDuds."
A few years later, they sold the business to a guy who used to work for
Wal-Mart, but he just wasn't able to make it work, so he eventually shut
it down. Mom and Dad still live comfortably in the same double-wide they
had when I was a boy. They're retired now, and in fairly good health –
though Dad does seem have a lot of trouble with his prostrate.
Anyway, I digress. I was born Farley Tiberius Byrd, III – the fourth in a
long line of FTBs. My great granddaddy – the original Farley – had seven
brothers (listed as follows in alphabetical order: Arley, Barley, Harley,
Marley, Narley, Varley and Zarley).
My middle name – Tiberius – comes from Tiberius Caesar, the second emperor
of Rome, and probably the guy that came up with that salad dressing.
Thanks, Caesar! It's one of my all-time favorites. (And, if you recall,
the captain of the Starship Enterprise – Jim Kirk – had the same middle
name. But far as I know, we're not related.)
Anyway, over the years,
I've come to be known as FTB III...T-Byrd...T-Byrd the third...and just
Byrd the third. As a result, my favorite car is the Ford Thunderbird, even
though I don't drive one. But one day, if the Bugles make it big, I'm
gonna buy me a Thunderbird and make the name really fit.
For the last 20 years, I've been the Director of Sinus Affairs for the Box
Springs Industrial Ammonia Plant. Other than the strong stench of ammonia
which I can never seem to get out of clothes and skin -- and the regular
problem we all have with nosebleeds – it's a great place to work. (Of
course, my dream is for the Bugles to make it big so I can travel and sing
for the Lord full-time.)
About the time I started at the ammonia plant, I started the Bugles. We
had auditions, and started writing songs and singing. Mostly at church, at
first. Then at gas stations and grocery stores and all-you-can-eat buffet
restaurants. You see, there was – and still is – a void in the kind of
music we perform. It's convicting, in a quiet and soothing sort of way. In
reality, we are the "Vision-Keepers of the True Gospel Music."
Well, I could go on and on, but I won't. Unlike Beulah, I know when to
So enjoy your visit to the Bugles website. And visit us again real soon.
Blessings and Cursings (as the situation may dictate)