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Published: 2014/04/08

Jimmy Tebeau Released from Prison, The Schwag Announce First Reunion Show

Grateful Dead tribute act The Schwag will headline a show at The Pageant in St. Louis on May 24. It will be the band’s first show since frontman Jimmy Tebeau was released from prison last month.

As previously reported, Tebeau was sentenced to 30 months in prison in October of 2012 after the DEA raided his Camp Zoe property, which had been home to a number of Schwagstock festivals over the years. Since the agency was never able to prove that Tebeau bought or sold drugs himself, they decided to prosecute him under a broader statute—“maintaining a drug-involved premises”—that makes it a crime to knowingly allow drug sales on one’s property. The federal government then invoked asset forfeiture laws to confiscate Camp Zoe, which Missouri State Parks is now turning into a public park for fishing, hiking and floating.

The Riverfront Times is reporting that Tebeau got his sentence reduced thanks to a plea deal and good behavior. The bassist was released from federal prison in March. He has since been staying in a St. Louis halfway house, where he is able to see his family, friends and bandmates.

Tickets for The Schwag’s return will go on sale this Friday, April 11 at 10am.


There are 25 comments associated with this post

shinymetalass April 8, 2014, 16:15:06

Welcome Home Jimmy!!!!!!

HappySchwag April 8, 2014, 16:27:43

Jimmy is the schwag’s bass player, not guitar, and a damn fine bass player at that.

Strop Stabler April 8, 2014, 17:07:46

Jimmy been jamming on that skin flute!

Sirsqueelsalot April 8, 2014, 17:27:06

Is it necessary to let us know the guy just got done doing time? That makes me think of a deadhead whacked on acid being raped in a bathroom stall by a rainbow of Arians, Crips and MS 13. I got a dime if you got the time to tell a story, but all I can think of is what this dude had to do to make it out of prison alive. I guess there cums a time but I have a feeling he was being used just for a minute or two in there.

joe April 8, 2014, 17:41:22

he rocked the house with JGB also!! the SCHWAG ARE BETTA THAN DSO
in so many ways.

Craig April 8, 2014, 18:15:53

Well he was in a minimum security federal prison, so I don’t know that it was as bad as you might suggest. Definitely not fun to be in jail for a year or so but theres a world of difference between that and some max security state prison.

Idk April 8, 2014, 18:23:28

Prison is prison. It’s just a facade at these minimum security lookups. Even the white collar guys end up drinking the salty wine. It comes down to who he aligned with day one in the door. Pack Mentality shines mostly when guards are fewer and walls are less. In the max you have to score in the shower or on the yard. Lots can happen at lawnpoke fed. I hope it was all good for him.

Corey April 8, 2014, 18:50:39

The guy ran the music room, played music 8 hours a day and was in two bands while in prison. Trust me, not all jail experiences require being man raped 24/7

root56 April 8, 2014, 19:03:20


Reuben's Cherries April 8, 2014, 19:43:09

I think it’s fair to say minimum security prisons are safer and he had some creative venues that could really take the band new places. The harsh silent reality is that there are different times behind bars where we need things from other inmates. There is no money and the only readily available currency is of the physical nature. You don’t have to deal with the voracious appetite of a max security general population scene or shower with a keen eye in mind, rather you just need to throw it out there occasionally like a pack of smokes to get something.

Luckyoldsun April 8, 2014, 19:58:31

I had issues in a Saint Louis jail with the guards. The cell mates and pop were super cool, but the guards walked around thinking they could watch you shower or rape the little dude and that shits not funny. It was for a DUI, so not like I was running a meth lab or anything.

fadedaway April 8, 2014, 20:52:16

He’s a superhero!!!!! All smiles our brother has been set free I can’t wait to see your smiling face :)now if the press would just leave him in peace how wonderful the world would be

drasticjasper April 8, 2014, 21:53:47

They just released a new single he wrote in prison also…“Cowboy Flavoured Salt Malt” you can download it on itunes

Pervert April 8, 2014, 22:14:40

My god stop the trolling trying to be incognito talking about prison climaxes. I don’t want to hear about songs having to do with salty cowboy loads or jokes about them. Signed
Schwaggy the Bear

Uncle Jesse April 8, 2014, 22:39:30

There’s some top notch editing going on over at relix. The headline spells his first name correctly in the headline and once in the article. Then it goes on to misspell it twice in the article. Writer & editor need to put down the pipe once in a while and do their due diligence.

Matt April 8, 2014, 23:59:22

You people just completely took this story and twisted it. Glad he is out and hope to hear him play for many more years. His families land got ripped out from underneith him and had trumped up charges against him. Yeah maybe there were drugs being sold there but take a look at all these other festivals out there. You think there isnt drugs knowingly being sold there either. Missouri has had a hard on for Jimmy because he was running a very profitable business from land that the government couldn’t relgulate. Well the government got their wish and all of his money.

Oneofthetwofrom06 April 9, 2014, 09:10:41

The only reason this could ever happen to him was soley because of the location… Schwagstock was in such a poor, ruthless and toothless meth oriented region of the country that locals couldn’t stand to see someone on the up and up and took him down… You fuckers making up jail man love stories ain’t never done a day in your life so shut the fuck up… Only people that are total bitches like yourselves are the ones that purposely drop the soap(and are prob snitches too.) glad to hear jimmy is out. His conviction was total bullshit and he lost 2 1/2 years of his life for it along with his land.. This area is fucked. Stay away. Eminence ain’t nothing to fuck with… No real law applies. We dont know each other, but bless you, jimmy. That festival turned a few peoples lives upside down other than your own, but you were the most innocent of them all. That shit should have never happened to you and I’m glad you are out and with your friends and fam again…. Sorry for your misfortunes. Stay up. And more importantlty, stay the fuck away from Missouri. I know I will…... forever.

Mother Sharon April 9, 2014, 09:19:40

Oh my. How things can get twisted. In prison, Jimmy formed two bands. The Fed Heads and JTB (his initials and a play on the band he plays bass for, JGB). Har! He WAS safe and just played music all the time. Got a ton of mail from his fans and his cell mate was an artist who sent drawings to those who wrote. I think he was beloved by his fellow inmates (in a good way). The travesty is being ripped from his family and losing the incredible 330 acres of land. They had to give back the moeny they confiscated (like $180,000), because he had business records documenting where it came from. And yes, in his friends opinion, they should now confiscate every dorm, sports or concert venue and every public park. We all know drugs are sold regularly in those places. The land is now being called the gem of the State Parks System. Feds and local police got $650,000 for that land from MO State Parks. Any doubt why they went after him?

the Con-Man April 9, 2014, 09:37:45

Welcome home Jimmy Schwag. Looking forward to hearing you play again.

jazzfester April 9, 2014, 10:11:45

It is a tragedy that anyone should see prison time for a victimless crime. Sometimes the “Land of the Free” isn’t so free when law enforcement has so much to gain with a simple arrest. I am surprised that he wasn’t simply placed in a for-profit prison too.

Diane ponder April 9, 2014, 14:55:45

I grew up in Missouri. Can’t believe this happened to this community and musician. Property inviolable lawmakers. Old divisions change it up

joe April 9, 2014, 16:14:59

fuck that state.
it wanst the band/promoters fault that the locals like there oxys and meth better than weed and lsd.
jesus cut those dreads already, you will still get chicks.

Moondick April 9, 2014, 17:23:54

Minimum security fed lockup is nothing like maximum security state prisons. Anyone who is saying otherwise has never been in or has never been around people who were.

stlpretty June 6, 2014, 14:15:56

Speaking as a former inmate at a federal minimum security camp, yes it does suck, but also yes it is nothing like state. There are no fences around camps. There are not really any “alliances” at that level. It is a cakewalk for the most part. No one wants to do anything that will cost them camp status and be put behind the fence at a low or medium where it is violent. Every one at the camps are close to going home and not wanting to jeopardize that.

oldschoolcrate August 2, 2014, 19:39:23

Band is back and sounding great!

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