Souther played with a band, The Cinders, before he and I went to California in 1967.  The band was well-known and had a record that was No. 1 in Amarillo and Lubbock for about a month in early 1965.  This is the 45 rpm record sleeve of the song.  Souther is on the left, Charlie Bates (me) in the middle, and Steve Dodge on the right. 

-Charlie Bates