September 2019 meeting

Today is Friday the 13th, and a beautiful day it is, too!  Bill contacted me yesterday, and said that his report of the September meeting was just a rough draft.  It was irresponsible to use (and post) it without correction.  So consider it gone!  Like they tell juries,  it is stricken from the record, so disregard what you read.  Perhaps a corrected version will be forwarded, at which time I will republish the September meeting notes.  I will leave the pictures and playlist for now, so feel free to skip this part if you want to get to the meat and potatoes of the meeting.

In the interim, I would like to bore you with my take on the newsletter.  It has been suggested that the newsletter should be considered a ‘historical document’, and contain only the facts.  As editor, I write the first portion of the newsletter as entertainment; I have never thought the truth should interfere with a good story.  If you read this ‘rag’, you know that to be so.

That said, the PLAYLIST, on the other hand, is as factual as possible.  Not all entries are legibly written.  When I remember at the meetings, I will fill those in with my own scribbles that I can later read.  I will also research who wrote the song if it wasn’t on the playlist.  So if you are interested in “just the facts, ma’am”,  start on the playlist.  Because let’s face it, that’s what really happens at the monthly meetings.  Events are listed elsewhere in the website.  That first bit is my cock-eyed interpretation of my cock-eyed observations, occasionally with a sprinkling of humor.  Skip it if it offends your sensibilities.


Here’s Marvin, no worse the wear from his equipment malfunction.
Remy makes his blue solid body Carvin with nylon strings sing…
Here’s the gear! The magical part of it is attached to that foot.
Earl the Intrepid
Gary whittled his dulcimer out of a single cottonwood log.
Chris’ lightening fast picking eludes high speed camera…

I’m Doctor Turner, and I approve of this tuning. $80 please.
Please share my umbrella.

Playlist for September 2019

Christine R. Cousins started the music off with ‘Gold Dust Woman’ by Stevie Nicks.

Ed Heffern, ‘Oh What a Beautiful Morning’, by Rogers & Hammerstein

Rich Ryan, ‘I’ll Be Back’, by Lennon & McCartney

Remy Abeyta, Los Ojus De Pancha, traditional

Earl Janack, ‘What You See…’, original

Marvin Frerich, ‘Jamaican Farewell’, traditional tune sung by Harry Belefonte?

David Norby, ‘Bus Stop’, the Hollies

Most of the dulcimer and parts of Gary, who was also carved from a single cottonwood log.

Gary Krause, ‘Nut Factory Shuffle’, by Gil Anderson

Christine R. Cousins, ‘Skipping Rocks’, original

Ed Heffern, ‘Wayfaring Stranger’, traditional

Rich Ryan, ‘Baby Blue’, by Bad Finger

Rich was behind the camera tonight. This is my stock ‘stink-eye’ photo of Mr. Ryan.

Remy Abeyta, ‘Begin the Beguine’, by Cole Porter

Earl Janack, ‘Dido dot dot dot’, original

David Norby, ‘Different Drum’, by Michael Nesmith

Gary Krause, ‘Guardian Angels and Spirit Guides’, original

Tenor ukelele, baritone Gary.

Christine R. Cousins, ‘Reese’s Rainbow’, original

Ed Heffern, ‘Wish You Were Along’, original

Ed Heffern, also an original

Rich Ryan, ‘Country Road’, by James Taylor

Remy Abeyta, ‘Soft Summer Breeze’, by Eddie Heywood

Earl Janack, ‘Amalgamated Conglomeration Inc.’ an original tune.

Marvin Frerich, ‘Where Have all the Flowers Gone’, by Pete Seeger

Christine R. Cousins, ‘Calm Before the Storm’, original

Slo-mo of Christine’s giant red taco pick

David Norby, ‘Good Time Charlie’, by Danny O’Keefe

Ed Heffern, ‘Times They Are A Changin’, by Bob Dylan

Rich Ryan, ‘Chicago’, by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

Also attending tonight’s meeting; Steve Gilmore, Floyd Turner, Bob Fontaine, and Brian Andres. (spelling corrected by editor)

August 2019 meeting

It was a nice evening in the Cottonwood Room, typical of summertime meetings with about 15 people in attendance. We started with an amazing rendition of ‘Over the Rainbow’, played completely with harmonics by our friend Remy. Rich, Bill and Remy teamed up next for some George Strait, setting the tone for the evening.

Remy hiding behind the music.

Edith brought us the group song this month, ‘Sloop John B.’ by Brian Wilson. Original music this month was performed by both Ken and Justin.

A rare photo; it’s hard to catch Ken with his hands not blurry.

It will be here before you know it, so let’s talk about the library’s One World Prairie Guitar Contest on September 28th. There will be 20 slots available in each category, with a new one this year called ‘Miscellaneous Stringed Instrument’ (but not piano) The other thing to note is the prize money this year will be $1000 for 1st, $700 for 2nd, and $500 for 3rd. Each entry is $10 and forms are available online. If you have questions, contact Robin at or call 634-3561.

August 2019 Playlist

Remy Abeyta played ‘Over the Rainbow’ by Arlin & Harburg, entirely with harmonics.

Rich, Bill, and Remy covered George Strait’s ‘Right or Wrong’, written by Sizemore & Biese.

Floyd Turner treated himself to ‘WhatEver’ from The Voices in His Head.

Rick, Keith, and Jeannie played ‘Blue Bayou’ by Roy Orbison

Jeanie catching a few zzz’s

Jeanie White, ‘Vincent’, by Don McLean.

Keith Blaney, ‘Along the Navajo Trail’, by Charles, Marks, and DeLange.

Justin Johnson, ‘Here and Now’, an original tune.

Justin and his Popiel Pocket Chair Music Stand by Ronco.

Steve Gilmore, ‘Born to Be With You’ by Don Robertson.

Gary Krause, ‘Save the Last Dance For Me’, by Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman .

Edith Cook, ‘Lament of Orpheus’ by C.W. Gluck

Edith pluckin’ a Gluck.

Ken Frederick, ‘Dad Gum It’, an original tune.

Bill Bailey, ‘Someday Soon’, by Ian Tyson.

Head, shoulders, knees and toes! Bill has to have them all in
gear to play steel pedal.

The group song was ‘Sloop John B.’ by Brian Wilson.

Remy Abeyta, ‘Jealous Heart’, by Jenny Lou Carson.

Rich Ryan and Bill Bailey, ‘Roy Rogers’ by Elton John.

Rick Memmel, Jeanie White, and Keith Blaney, ‘Love is All Around’ by the Troggs.

Jeanie White, ‘Tomorrow’ by Bob Dylan.

Keith croonin’ an oldie.

Keith Blaney, ‘Dream a Little Dream of Me’, by Andre & Kahn.

Justin Johnson, ‘Don’t Know Why’, by Nora Jones.

Steve Gilmore, ‘I Found My Best Friend in the Dog Pound, by ???…

Gary hit the brakes hard and switched tunes mid stream

Gary Krause, ‘Hitchin’ a Ride’, by Peter Callender & Mitch Murray.

Edith Cook, ‘Muss i Deun’, a German folksong.

Ken Frederick, ‘Strawberry Moon’, original tune.

Earl Janack, ‘Bye Bye Love’, The Everly Brothers.

Bill Bailey, ‘Take the A-Train’, by Billy Stayhorn.

That’s Remy way over there on the other side of the Cottonwood Room.

Remy Abeyta, ‘Maria Elena’, by Lorenzo Barcelata.

Rick, Jeanie, and Keith ‘Sunshine of Your Love’, by jack Bruce, Pete Brown, and Eric Clapton.

Justin Johnson, ‘Gravity’, by John Mayer.

Ken Frederick, ‘Squawgy Squiggy’ by Ken Frederick.

Also attending this month, Maria Means, Floyd Turner (he’s the only one that could hear his tune) and a gent that ducked out early without signing the playlist.

July 2, 2019

America The Beautiful, by Katherine Lee Bates, with Old Glory herself dancing and Remy playing.

Going to start this month’s newsletter with this stunning photo taken by Jeanie White. It almost looks photoshopped, doesn’t it? We were up in the library’s 3rd floor Sunflower Room, which put us about level with the flag outside. This photo just gets your heart fluttering like the flag, don’t it.

We had a typical (smaller) summer turn-out, with about 15 attendees. It made for a nice relaxed meeting, with plenty of time for extra activities. One of which was a bunch of birthdays on or around this meeting date. Ron Labrecque, a frequent visitor of ours, turned 92. Floyd hit 90, our buddy Pete in Ft. Collins turned 60. Finally, Rick turned 70, but he wanted to do it quietly, so don’t tell him I told you about it.

‘Will the Circle Be Unbroken’, by Ada R. Gabershon, was probably the best group song we’ve ever done. Steve had an intro for us, and Bill took a lick on his steel pedal. Lots of harmonizing with everybody ending at the same time; it was about as good as it gets. Thanks Rich for bringing that tune!

Mike Clark drove up from Ft. Collins and did an outstanding job (as usual) with his tunes. He even sang one, which was a first.

Mike with his debut cover of Jack White’s ‘ We Are Gonna Be Friends’.

Just before the meeting, I got a message from Joshua Phillips. He is returning to Denver for work, so he won’t be joining us in the future. He was only with us for six months or so, but his tunes were a breath of fresh air. Let’s hope he finds a group to brighten up down in Brighton.

Playlist for July 2019

Ron Labrecque, ‘Happy Birthday to You’, sung by da group.

Rich Ryan, ‘Here Comes the Sun’ by George Harrison

Rich got to giggling so hard he forgot which fingers went where.

R. Memmel, J. White, N. McKenzie, K. Blaney, ‘Stand By Me’, by Ben E. King

Jeanie White, ‘Desperado’, by The Eagles

Keith Blaney, ‘Karaoke Queen’, original

Ken Frederick, ‘April Daze’, original

Ken working the neck

Earl Janack, ‘You Can’t Unring a Bell’, original

Bill Bailey, ‘The Choir’, by George Strait

Edith Cook, Remy Abeyta, ‘Sentimental Journey’, by Les Brown

Remy Abeyta, ‘Sleep Walk’, by Santo & Johnny Farina

Mike Clark, ‘Blackbird’, by Lennon/McCartney

Gary shredding on his four string

Gary Krause, ‘Leaves’, an original tune

Steve Gilmore, ‘A Hole in the Day’, by Leo Kottke

Group, ‘Will the Circle Be Unbroken’, by Ada R. Labershon.

Jeanie, Rick, Nancy, and Keith, ‘Jolene’, by Dolly Parton

Birthday boys Ron in background and Rick playing bass

Nancy and Keith, ‘Rock Salt and Nails’, by Utah Phillips

Ken Frederick, ‘Scorpius 300’, an original tune

Earl Janack, ‘Going Through What I Went Through’, original

Earl. My name is Earl. Earl I say!

Bill Bailey, ‘Time of the Season’, the Zombies

Remy Abeyta, ‘America the Beautiful’, by Katherine Lee Bates

Mike Clark, ‘Wicked Game’, by Chris Isaacs

Steve Gilmore, ‘Last Great Waltz’, by Mason Williams

The Man in Black herself, Jeanie White.

Jeanie White, ‘Ring of Fire’, by Johnny Cash

Keith Blaney, ‘My Road’, an original tune

Bill and Rich, ‘Cowboy Rides Away’, by George Strait

Remy Abeyta, ‘Colonel Bogey’, (from Bridge Over the River Kwai), by F.J. Ricketts

Mike Clark, ‘We Are Gonna Be Friends’, by The White Stripes

June 4, 2019

You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth!  So let the lieing begin!

We went back upstairs for the June meeting in the library’s Sunflower Room.  It’s a bit smaller than the Cottonwood Room, but the acoustics are to die for!  My apologies to all you English majors; I know a preposition is a terrible thing to end a sentence with.  Sometimes I just can’t help myself.

We started with about 20 butts in seats, but that thinned out rather rapidly.  A few folks just couldn’t handle all the conviviality floating around the room.   The pleasantries included discussions of cell phone usage and song length.  You had to be there, I think, to appreciate the joy of the moment. 

Dangling participles since 1971

Edith voluntold Justin to start, and a fine job he did with his original tune ‘Traveling Show’. Bill brought his steel pedal and played brilliantly. First time performers Ben and Margene did a really good job with their tunes, nerves and all.

Joshua gave us a play-along with Tom Petty’s ‘Learning to Fly’, followed by Rich Ryan’s sing-along, ‘Old Man’ by Neil Young. Sooo, put them together and we had a group song! (of sorts).

Ben and Margene with a Peter Paul & Mary cover, ‘Early in the Morning’.

I’d like to add a shout-out to Remy and Bill for hauling up all that equipment. They play amplified with backing tracks. Shoot, that steel pedal weighs 16 tons all by itself. It’s a real chore for you guys, but a real treat for the rest of us. Thanks so much!

Playlist for June 2019

Justin may have written it, but is still learning the tune…

Justin Johnson played us an original tune, ‘Traveling Show’.

Edith Cook, “In the Halls of the Mountain King” Eduard Grieg

Russ Williams, ‘Etude #8’ Giulio Regondi

Russ rockin’ out, flippin’ his hair, and shredding some Etude #8

Marvin Frerich, ‘Jamaican Farewell’ folk tune.

Keith Blaney, ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ Fats Waller.

Joshua Phillips, ‘Hey Mister’, Door Man’s Poison

Rich Ryan, ‘Leader of the Band’, Dan Fogelberg

Rich on the right signing the sheet while Remy gives it a go.

Remy Abeyta, ‘La Pecosita’ by Lalo El Gallo Elizalde.

Bill Bailey, ‘Someday Soon’ by Ian Tyson

Avery Janack, ‘Losing My Religion’, REM

Nancy McKenzie, ‘He’s My Rock’ by Randy Travis.

Ben & Margene Zavorka, ‘Early in the Morning’ by Peter, Paul and Mary

Ken Frederick, ‘Memorial Day’, original

This one by Ken has a name!

Christine R. Cousins, ‘Desert Cactus in Bloom’ original

David Norby, ‘Give Me Love (Give Me Peace), George Harrison.

Justin Johnson, ‘Stay’, Rihanna

Edith Cook, ‘Spanish Folksong’, traditional

Russ Williams, ‘Etude #8’ by Regondi (a different chunk of it than before)

Marvin Frerich, ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane’, John Denver.

Marvin plucking on a six string, “Leaving on a Jet Plane”

Keith Blaney, ‘As Time Goes By’, Herman Hupfeld

Joshua Phillips, ‘Learning to Fly’, Tom Petty

Rich Ryan, ‘Old Man’, Neil Young

Remy Abeyta, ‘Autumn Leaves’, Joseph Kosma

Bill covering Terry Stafford’s ‘Amarillo By Morning’

Bill Bailey, ‘Amarillo By Morning’, Terry Stafford.

Margene & Ben Zavoka, ‘Down in the Easy Chair’, Bob Dylan.

Christine R. Cousins, ‘Ryhannan’, Stevie Nicks.

Ken Frederick, ‘Happy Birthday to Me’, original

David Norby, ‘The Rain, the Park, and Other Things’, the Cowsills.

David sang all six parts, it was amazing.

Also joining us were Bob Fontaine, Mike Bennett, Earl Janack, and Maria Frederick. Well, that’s what she told us…we’re unsure what that Means.

May 2019 We filled the Cottonwood Room!!!

Dameon drops right in, sits right down, daddy let your guitar do the talkin’.

What a turnout! There were about 30 people altogether, with 24 people toting guitars. Welcome to Dameon Noland (pictured above), Mike Bennett, Ben Zavorka, and Kristy Johnson. There were several others in attendance that did not get (or take) a crack at the signup sheet, HOWDEE to y’all as well!

T’was a very diverse and talented bunch, and the meeting moved right along. Kristy teamed up with Justin, adding lovely harmonies to Dolly Parton’s ‘Wildflowers’. Avery Janack was on fire, singing and playing tunes by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pink Floyd. Lots of folks offered sing or play-alongs, so it was a very lively meeting.

Avery belting out ‘Time’ by Pink Floyd

We had a group song, of sorts… Joe Larson brought us an 8 bar piece he worked up in class, with different parts written in tablature. We tried, honest, but it wasn’t pretty. It was however, an interesting diversion from the norm.

Also in attendance were Floyd Turner, Bill Bailey, Bob Fontaine, the aforementioned Mr. Zavorka, and some mystery guests.

Playlist for May 2019

Rich Ryan started us out with ‘Working at the Carwash Blues’ by Jim Croce

David Norby ‘Your Mother Should Know’, Lennon/McCartney

Ed Heffern, ‘Sweet Baby James’, James Taylor

Joshua Phillips, ‘Breaking the Girl’, Red Hot Chili Peppers

Watchin’ over Ernie

Ernie Brazzale, ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’, the Gershwin Brothers.

Remy Abeyta, ‘Snowbird’, Gene Maulelland

Dameon Noland, ‘Just a Riff I Came Up With’, original

Avery Janack, ‘This Velvet Glove’, Red Hot Chili Peppers

Earl Janack, ‘ It’s Us Bein’ We’, original

Earl with an original tune.

Roland Peterson, ‘Mazurca Choro’, Villa-Lobos

Steve Gilmore, ‘This is the Girl I Love’, Pete Gobles

Mike Bennett, ‘Country Roads’, John Denver

Mike invited us to play along, and steal his shoelaces.

Jeanie White, ‘Once in a Blue Moon’, Nancy Griffith

Nancy McKenzie (with Jeanie and Keith) ‘Paul and Peter Walked’, Claire Lynch

Keith Blaney, ‘Hot Air Balloon’, original

Justin and Kristy Johnson, ‘Wildflowers’, Dolly Parton

Kristy adding nice tight harmonies on ‘Wildflowers’.

Marvin Frerich, ‘Leavin’ on a Jet Plane’, John Denver

Edith Cook, ‘La Rossiguol’, anonymous

Gary Krause, ‘The Water Is Wide’, Jean Paul Cabrieres

Rich Ryan, ‘Mrs. Robinson’, Paul Simon

Coo Coo ca choo, Mr. Ryan! What’s that you say?

David Norby, ‘From This Valley’, The Civil Wars

Ed Heffern, ‘Star of the County Down’, traditional

Joshua Phillips, ‘Wish You Were Here’, Pink Floyd

Who dat? Hint: if I showed a picture of him holding his guitar, you would know in a heartbeat.

Remy Abeyta, ‘Since I Don’t Have You’, Jackie Taylor

Remy’s rig about the time of the previous photo. Had to show it, couldn’t just tease you…

Ernie Brazzale, ‘This Masquerade’, Leon Russell

Joe Larson, ‘Bosler’, Jalan Crossland

Dameon Noland, ‘Loose Noose’, original

Avery Janack, ‘Time’, Pink Floyd

Upcoming Stuff

Laramie County Library Music Contest.

We heard from Robin at the library, and the game is changing a bit. The big news is they are adding a fourth category, called ‘Other Stringed Instruments’ (but not piano) So if you play ukulele, mandolin, hammered dulcimer, etc, you too can take a crack at the $1000 first prize.

The other change is the second and third place prize money for each category has been raised by a couple hundred dollars each, to $700 and $500. The contest isn’t until August, so details will follow, but you might want to start dusting off your best lute tunes.

April’s meeting, no foolin’

What a turnout! We had 26-7 souls in the Cottonwood Room with around 20 of us packing instruments. Just like the actual meeting, our newsletter blurb this month starts out with a bit of business. A new president and board of directors were voted in. When Rich learned he was the new vice president/secretary, his jaw dropped. I tried to capture the moment with a photo, but he caught me at it and clammed up before the shutter winked.

A second sooner and I’da caught him with his pie hole open.

Everyone was on fire musically, with great performances all around the room. Remy did Hoagy Carmichael’s ‘Stardust’, and it was simply stunning. Justin took on Aerosmith’s ‘Dream On’, a tune that is both tough to play and sing, and knocked it out of the park.

There was collaboration all around the room; Edith and Russ, Bill and Remy, and Rich and Ken all did pieces together.

Cat Steven’s ‘Father and Son’, just not sure which is who

Jeanie White put together a quartet with members Rick, Nancy, and Keith. At first she called us “White Stone” then changed to it something Italian, “Some Spicy Meatballs”. However, we think “White Plastic Forks” should be our moniker. Band names are tough…

The White Plastic Meatballs? photo by Loni

Thanks to Scott for our group song this month, ‘Don’t Fence Me In’ by Cole Porter. It was fun! It was short, so we did it a couple times. Scott brought but one copy, and had the rest printed up right there at the library. So next month, be like Scott, bring us your group song!

Playlist for April 2019

Russ Williams and Edith Cook started us with a duet, ‘Sparkling Night’ by Kircher

Justin Johnson, ‘Dream On’, by Aerosmith

Locked and loaded with his tray in the upright position.

Christine Cousins ‘Hollywood Nights’ by Bob Seger

Gary Krause, ‘Grace’, original tune

Jeanie White, Keith Blaney, Rick Memmel, and Nancy McKenzie ‘Rockin’ with the Rhythm of the Rain’ by the Judds. ‘Let Me Be There’ by Olivia Newton John, ‘When I’m 64’ by Lennon/McCartney, ‘Lookin’ Out My Back Door’ by John Fogarty (CCR)

Dick Kinnison, ‘Skip a Rope’, by Henson Gargill

Remy and Bill teaming up.

Remy Abeyta & Bill Bailey, ‘Sweet Dreams’ by Don Gibson.

Earl Janack, ‘Goin’ to Be Goin’, original

Marvin Frerich, ‘Jamaican Farewell’, traditional

Joshua Phillips, ‘Lodi’, by Jeffrey Foneault

Rich Ryan & Ken Frederick, ‘Father and Son’, by Cat Stevens

Floyd Turner, ‘Sawin’ Logs’, original

Scott Mattson, ‘Edelweiß,’ Austrian folksong

Group, ‘Don’t Fence me In’, by Cole Porter

Edith Cook, Minuet in C, by Fernando Sor

Russ Williams, ‘Prelude for 1st Cello Suite’, by JS Bach

Justin Johnson, ‘Out of Love’, by Alessia Cara

Gary Krause, ‘Stand By Me’, J. Lieber/ Ben E. King

He sang ‘Stand By Me’, so we did.

Christine Cousins, ‘Turquoise Star’, original

Keith Blaney & Jeanie White, ‘A Summer Song’, by Chad & Jeremy

Dick Kinnison, ‘Okie From Muskogee’, by M. Haggard/E. Burris

Also joining us this month were Cathy Memmel, Henry Kinnison, Loni Cox, Mike Bennett, and Floyd Turner.

March 2019 meeting

Be forewarned! I intend to lie more than usual in this episode of the CGS newsletter. So get out your hip boots and B.S. detectors, you’re going to need them.

Twenty stalwarts attended our March gathering in the library’s Sunflower Room. Christine Cousins was back after a long absence. She was competing in the Great American Baking Show & Chili Shoot-Out in Branson, MO. Her chili cheese cake muffins were a crowd favorite.

Christine’s giant pick was really a tortilla chip with red dye #4

Bill Bailey brought an instrument we haven’t seen him drag out in awhile, a tri-cone resonator guitar (commonly referred to as a National guitar). It’s like calling a tissue a Kleenex; Bill assured us this instrument was not made by National OR Kleenex, though he could not tell us exactly who made it.

Bill’s guitar sounded like a 1920’s radio program

Steve Gilmore will be on a working vacation next month, his band High Plains Tradition will be working the pubs and alleys in Ireland for a few weeks. Meanwhile, his son Martin will make a trip up to Cheyenne with his trio on the 29th of March, for a free concert at the Laramie County Library. Martin’s been writing some new songs lately and he’s pretty good at it. When I’m sure about the time of the show, I’ll ping you all again with the details.

Joe Larsen in the foreground; that’s our 6’5″ leprechaun Steve strumming his six string.

Group song was an impromptu version of the Eagles ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’. It went so-so, which is pretty good given the circumstances.

One last tidbit before we move on to the playlist. Here’s an absolutely stunning picture of Bob Seger at a recent concert here along the front range. He’s waving and saying thank you to one of our mandolin players who wishes to remain anonymous. I don’t know if she sat in for a song or opened for Bob or what, but she managed to snap this picture on stage just before he came over and gave her a big hug.

Photo by Nancy McKenzie. What a shot!

Playlist for March 2019

Keith Blaney, ‘Harvest Moon’ by Neil Young

Joe Larsen, ‘Balalaika Tune’ original

Steve Gilmore, ‘Standing on the Outside’ by Leo Kottke

Earl Janack, ‘It’s Us Bein’ We’, original

Ernie Brazzale, ‘This Masquerade’, by Leon Russell

Bill Bailey, ‘Coney Island Cakewalk’, unknown

Ken working that neck, surrounded by fans, as usual.

Ken Frederick, ‘Super Moon’, original

Nancy McKenzie, ‘Will You Walk With Me’, Anne & Pete Sibley

Christine Cousins, ‘Emerald Clover’, original

Ed Heffern, ‘Shake Sugaree’, Elizabeth Cotten, arranged by Rhiannon Giddens.

Ed doin’ some fine finger pickin’.

Rich Ryan, ‘The Wind Cries Mary’, by Jimi Hendrix

Marvin Frerich, ‘Jamaican Farewell’ traditional

Joshua Phillips, ‘Fire Away’, by Chris Stapleton

Joshua’s guitar knows more songs than I do.

David Norby, ‘You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive’, by Darrell Scott

Keith Blaney, ‘Country Road’, by James Taylor

Joe Larsen, ‘Kalinka’, by someone in Russia

Group, ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’ by Doug Frye

Earl playing another smash hit original tune

Earl Janack, ‘Amalgamated Conglomeration Inc.’ original.

Ernie Brazzale, ‘And the Ewe’, by Horn E. Ram. That is not what he played, but it is what he wrote.

Bill Bailey, ‘Stagger Lee’, by Mississippi John Hurt

Ken Frederick, ‘Cancion De Pasta Primavera’, original

Marvin Frerich, ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’, by Bob Dylan

Marvin blowin’ some wind of his own

Ed Heffern, ‘Lemon Tree’, by Peter, Paul, and Mary

Rich Ryan, ‘Can’t Find My Way Home,’ by Steve Winwood.

Nancy McKenzie, ‘Back to the Cross’, gospel traditional

Christine Cousins, ‘Smooth’, by Santana featuring Rob Thomas.

Joshua Phillips, ‘Interstate Love Song’, by Stone Temple Pilots

David Norby, ‘It’s Too Late’, by Carole King

February 2019 Meeting

We were, you guessed it, back up in the Sunflower Room at the library for our February meeting. Welcome to Joshua Phillips and his very lovely Gibson guitar. He did it justice with a couple covers of Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilots tunes.

This is Joshua, but who’s the little guy peeking out from behind the guitar?

Our new dad, Martin Gilmore, ventured up from Denver to join us, but unfortunately only had time to play one tune. Lucky for us, he teamed up with his dad Steve for another one.

Steve and Martin Gilmore getting after Tim O’Brien’s ‘Heartbreak Game.’

We also got a nice presentation from Dorothy and Glen Gould about the Cheyenne Concert Association Series. A season pass is only $65 and gets you into about 18 different shows from Kimball to Cheyenne to Ft. Collins and beyond, with performances by some of the top musicians in the world. This season is about half way done, but you could still get more than your money’s worth.

Ed Heffern trying out his new music stand, who he calls Bob. We all call him Bob. That’s Bob.

The group song was- WAIT– there was no group song! Y’all need to step up for this little chore! It’s simple. Step 1. Pick out something fairly easy and familiar (without too many barr chords) Step 2. Make about ten copies for everybody to share. Step 3. Stick those copies in your guitar case. Step 4. Bring those copies to the meeting! We may not get to it right away, because I know the response to this call to action is going to be overwhelming. Trust me though, we will get around to your tune, because we all love a group song. Shoot, that’s why several of us bring an instrument, just to play along with the group. Oh, there’s one additional step for Russ, Step 1 1/2. Have someone show you how to chart chords right side up. Just kidding, upside down has its merits as well…

Playlist for February 2019

Earl Januck started us out with an original tune, “It’s Not Me, It’s You”

Ernie Brazzale ‘The Boxer’ by Paul Simon

Keith Blaney ‘Crazy Love’ by Van Morrison

David Norby ‘Running on Empty’ by Jackson Browne

When David Norby brings a tune, you can bet it’s one you haven’t heard in awhile.

Steve Gilmore ‘Bristlecone Pine’ by Hugh Prestwood

Justin Johnson ‘Desperado’ by Eagles

Edith Cook ‘Cool Water’ by Bob Nolan

You may not see it from this angle, but Edith is wearing a 10 gallon hat for her rendition of Bob Nolan’s cowboy classic, ‘Cool Water’.

Ed Heffern, ‘Ashokan Farewell’ by Jay Unger

Roland Peterson, ‘Opus 60 No. 3’ by Carrassi (on classical guitar)

Joshua Phillips, ‘Black’ by Pearl Jam

Marvin Frerich, ‘Jamaican Fairwell’, mento (folk song)

Marvin had a birthday recently, I think he turned 39 again.

Martin Gilmore, ‘Buffalo Skinners’ traditional

Keith Blaney, ‘When I’m 64’ by Lennon/McCartney

Earl Januck, ‘I’m Here for the Beer’ original.

Joe Larson, ‘Love’ by Frank Sinatra

Ernie Brazzale trying out his musical braces while Floyd Turner watches on through his eyelids.

Ernie Brazzale, ‘Take Me As I Am’ by Thompson & Battle.

David Norby, ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ by Joni Mitchell

Steve and Martin Gilmore, ‘Heartbreak Game’ by Time O’Brien

Justin Johnson, ‘I’m Yours’ by Jason Mraz

Justin uses the whole neck. Both of them.

Ed Heffern, ‘Jerusalem’s Choir’ by Kane’s River

Roland Peterson, ‘Red Haired Boy’ on mandolin (traditional)

Joshua Phillips, ‘Big Empty’ by Stone Temple Pilots

Also joining us; Floyd Turner, Bob Fontaine, Bill Bailey, and Glen and Dorothy Gould.

Please note: I took some liberties with the playlist order to best use the photos that were fit to print. That’ll be my M.O. going forward with this new format.

January’s meeting

Since the 1st Tuesday of the month also fell on the first day of the new year, we had to postpone until the 8th. Only two poor souls showed up for the earlier date, and quite nearly froze their knickers off waiting outside for the week to pass.

The meeting was fairly well attended; by the time everyone had trickled in we had over two dozen attendees. Welcome to Nancy White and Joshua Phillips. Nancy did some noodling that she normally reserves for the sofa, and discovered it is much harder in a chair in a room full of chairs full of other geetar pickers. We hear ya… She then passed her guitar to Joshua, who did a mighty fine job of a Pink Floyd tune. It takes guts to play for strangers, and you both did great!

Here’s Nancy working on the group song with her patent pending music stand.

Joe Larson showed up with an instrument he got for Christmas that looked like a giant guitar pick with a neck. It’s a Russian balalaika; two strings tuned the same and a third string tuned to a fourth higher. Joe already figured out enough to hit a few licks on it for us. Roland Peterson was also sporting a different ax than usual, a mandolin, instead of his standard issue classical guitar.

Group song was Bill Hailey’s ‘Rock Around The Clock’. I took the opportunity to take some photos during the group song, rather than interupting individual performances. You may notice more people mugging for the camera than usual; that is why!

Playlist for January

Ken Frederick, ‘Kissing in the Wind’, an original tune. Ernie Brazzale, ‘Blue Shadows’, B. Hade and L. Alter Roland Peterson, ‘Blackberry Blossom’, traditional Earl Janack, ‘Time After Time,’ an original tune. Bill Bailey, ‘Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying’, Gary and The Pacemakers.

Bill with his steel pedal and Loni.

Gary Krause, ‘Guardian Angels & Spirit Guides,’ original. Edith Cook, ‘Audenhus in G,’ anonymous Nancy White, ‘Sofa Noodles’, original Joshua Phillips, ‘Time’, Pink Floyd Joe Larsen, ‘Kalinka, ‘ unknown Rich Ryan, ‘Nashville Cats’, John Sebastian

Marvin taking us on a Jamaican cruise.

Marvin Frerich, ‘Jamaican Farewell’, unknown Justin Johnson, ‘Lady May,’ Tyler Childs Steve Gilmore, ‘Hold to a Dream’, Tim O’Brien Keith B., ‘Put Your Records On’, Corrinne Bailey Rae Nancy McKenzie, Jeannie White, Keith Blaney, Rick Memmel, ‘Shine’, Ed Roland (Collective Soul) Group Song ‘Rock Around the Clock’, Bill Hailey and the Comets

Nancy flirting with the camera

Ken Frederick, ‘New Year’s Day’, original Ernie Brazzale, ‘Jazz Improv in C’, original

Rich Ryan with his much loved Dunlop pick

Roland Peterson, ‘Study in Am’, Guiliani Earl Janack, ‘It’s Fallin’ , original Bill Bailey, ‘You’re Something Special to Me’, George Strait Rich Ryan, ‘Time In a Bottle’, Jim Croce

Come for the Cookies, Stay for the Music

Our meeting on the 4th was well attended, with one noticeable exception; Steve Gilmore was off having a grand baby!  Bridger Augustus Gilmore was born December 2nd.  We heard he can already Travis pick, and cries when he sees a banjo player, so he’s off to a good start.  Steve is recovering nicely.  An Honorable Mention goes out to Stacey and Martin, parents of young Bridger.  Best of health to all.This is Jason, who heard a song, decided he liked it, listened to it a million times, learned it, then presented it at the meeting.  All this happened on the same day.  We had a couple people apologizing for not having Christmas tunes to offer (Jason was one of these apologetic types)  All I can say is don’t be silly, the diversity is what makes us tick, what makes us unique, what makes us CHEYENNE Guitar Society.

Pete came up from Ft. Collins,  always a treat to see and hear Pete!  Remy brought his ‘music machine’ which consists of Remy, a Gibson guitar, a Fender Blues Jr., and a backing track in which Remy laid down all the different instruments.  He makes it look easy, but it is tricky to pull off as smoothly as he does.   We had collaboration all around the room, many of them involving Rick Memmel on both guitar and bass.  Here’s Bob Fontaine teaming up with Ed Heffern; we didn’t even know Bob played his fingernails (there’s a harp hiding in there somewhere)   Edith brought cookies, I think somebody even ate the tin.  Group song was Jingle Bells, and trust me, we jangled all the way!

PLAYLIST    i think

Edith Cook and Russ Williams   In the Hall of the Mountain King, by Edvard Grieg

Randy Busler, A Boy Named Sue,  by Johnie Cash

Pete Piotrowski, Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, traditional

Rich Ryan, You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,  ???

Ed Heffern and Bob Fontaine, Jingle Bell Rock, Bobby Helms

Rick Memmel and Ed Heffern, Noel (Christmas Dinner) by Paul Stookey

Rick Memmel and Ernie Brazzale, Please Come Home for Christmas, by Brown

Rick, Jeannie White, Keith Blaney, and Nancy McKenzie, I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas, by Galya Peevey

Just Jeannie wants the hippo

Keith Blaney,  The Christmas Song, by M. Torme and G. Wells

Jeannie White, Mary Did You Know?, by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene

Gary Krause with Nancy McKenzie, It’s Christmas, original by Gary

Justin Johnson, The Fork, an original tune.

Earl Janack, The Streets of Laredo METV theme song, ???

Remy Abeyta, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, by James Pierpont

Edith Cook, Vals/Piece Juhine by Calatayud/Papanini

Russ Williams, Let It Snow, Let It Snow, by Cahn & Styne

Pete Piotrowski, The Twister (Floyd’s Twister), by Dan Lebowitz

Rich Ryan, Tennessee Christmas, by Gary Chapman/Amy Grant

Bob Fontaine & Ed Heffern, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, traditional

Ernie Brazzale, Away in A Manger, traditional

Jeannie, Nancy, Rick and Keith, Come and See What’s Happening in the Barn, by The Gaither Vocal Band

Keith Blaney, Merry Christmas From the Family, by Robert Earl Keene

Jeannie, Rick, Nancy, and Keith, LeRoy the Redneck Reindeer, by Joe Diffe

Justin Johnson, Feathered Indians, by Tyler Childers

Earl Janack, Can’t Wrap My Head Around It, original

Remy Abeyta, Silent Night, Franz Gruber

Also joining us were Bill Bailey, the Floyd Turner, Judy Heffern, and Cathy Memmel.