In an email to subscribers, Videoranch provided an early glimpse and chance to order their latest piece of merchandise highlighting last month's revival of the First National Band on the concert stage. Prints can be ordered signed or unsigned, and Videoranch provided this description for the item:
"The official 8x10 First National Band Redux Tour poster features Nez in his Nudie suit looking up at the First National Band logo. His Nudie suit was the mascot for the January tour. Nez explained that the suit represented much of what he wanted to achieve through the art of First National Band. Nudie celebrates the high art element of Americana culture that Nez also finds in bluegrass and country music. The American flag theme is an effort to reclaim patriotism from conservative reaction. Similarly, Nez hoped to reclaim country and bluegrass styles by combining them with psychedelia -- pulling them further into that high space. "
In this mid-2000s conversation with Monkees archivist Andrew Sandoval, Michael Nesmith discusses Videoranch, the Wichita Train Whistle Sings album, the L.A. music scene in the late '60s, Penny Arkade, and much more with Monkees archivist Andrew Sandoval. Be sure to listen for some rare audio in the background, too. (This podcast was once available on Monkees.com.)