Listen to Shadowfax’s “Show Your Love”
Billy Rader on Shadowfax:
“Shadowfax was a Marin County Band formed after Drummer Billy Rader (then Billy Racak) met Guitarist Singer/Writer Peter Alongi in Mill Valley in 1971. They started auditioning other musicians and soon featured Evan Palmerston on Bass, Grace Kamelgarn on Organ, Paul McDonald on Saxophone and Chuck Hodges on Trumpet and Flute.
After writing and rehearsing at the Sausalito Heliport they began playing their unique blend of Rock, Funk, Blues and Jazz at many Bay Area venues including Winterland, and at the Starwood and Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles. They once played with several other local bands at San Quentin.
Shadowfax were signed to One Way Productions and Wooden Nickel Records but, in spite of great reviews and accolades, they never achieved the national recognition for which they worked and dreamed.
Val Fuentes eventually succeeded Billy on drums and Keith Crosson replaced Paul McDonald on Saxophone.
The group eventually disbanded and its members spread into the winds. Several are still active in other groups and continue to record.” — Billy Rader
Where are they now?
Peter Alongi passed away in 1996. Says Billy Rader, “He was a unique and charismatic one of a kind. ‘Every guy wanted to be his pal and every girl wanted to be his gal.'”
Evan Palmerston played with Elvin Bishop and is currently playing with “Lydia Pense & Cold Blood.”
Val Fuentes is the long time drummer with “It’s A Beautiful Day”
Billy Rader is writing and recording in Los Angeles