We had a good crowd for our March 7th meeting at the Cottonwood Room. Welcome to Chris Almajose. Chris played a couple original tunes and did an excellent job, both singing and picking. Not easy in this crowd, just ask anyone. Welcome!
Long time no see for Ernie Brazzale and Jordan Evans. Good to have you back. Lots of pictures this month, from Rich, Remy and Nancy. Let the goofy captions begin!
Remy’s stories just keep getting better all the time, so I’ll share one with you. Remy was telling us of his long standing gig, playing Little Bear Inn with his friend Charlie Padilla. ‘When we played there, we’d have them lining up at the door. Yup! They would all be trying to get out at the same time.’
While there were only a short dozen of us, we stopped after two trips around the room, which left us a little time after the meeting for some socializing before the library gave us the heave-ho, which was a pleasant change of pace.
Playlist for March 2023
Nancy McKenzie & Keith Blaney, ‘John Ryan’s Polka/Tell Me Ma’, traditional Irish tune/Sham- rock.
Chris Almajose, ‘Wy O ming’, original.
Jordan Evans, ‘War Inside of Me’, Lost Dog Street Band.
Ken Frederick, ‘And You Don’t See Me Cryin’, original.
Ed Heffern, ‘Comes a Time’, Neil Young.
Ernie Brazzale, ‘Minnie the Moocher’, Callaway, Mills, Gaskill.
Remy Abeyta, ‘I Still Can’t Say Goodbye’, Chet Atkins.
Russ Williams, ‘Walzer’, Nikita Kaskin.
Roland Peterson, ‘Treasures Untold’, Jimmie Rodgers.
Rich Ryan, ‘Rocky Mountain High’, John Denver.
Group Song, ‘Country Road’, John Denver. Thanks Rich!
Keith & Nancy, ‘Galway Girl’, Steve Earl.
Chris AlmaJose, ‘Tonight, Tomorrow & Forever’, original.
Jordan Evans, ‘A Moment’s Rest’, The Devil Makes Three.
Ken Frederick, ‘Tonight I’ll Never Let You Go’, original (1992)
Ed Heffern, ‘Beach of Pebbles’, original.
Ernie Brazzale, ‘Sleepy Time Down South’, Rene’ Brothers.
This month’s newsletter is brought to you by The Pathological Liars Association of Hoboken, New Jersey. Why Wyoming doesn’t have its own chapter is beyond me; we certainly have enough qualified people.
It was a very modest turnout for our February meeting. Still fun tho’; we did equal parts of playing music and gas-bagging, so that’s always a good change of pace. We even had a guest artist tonight! Steve had other commitments, but he did stick around and played one of the two songs he knows.
There’s another thing about Steve most of you will be happy you don’t know. He shares something he simply calls ‘Friday Music’. It is the WORST recordings you can imagine. The remarkable thing is, these performers have actually paid for studio time and recorded stuff you would be loathe to step in. Sometimes it’s so bad, he offers a small prize if you are able to listen to the end; he’ll drive you to your brain scan. I’ve gone twice now; the results were negative.
Rick did not bring a group song. Delaware is further than I thought.
Valentine Soiree/Master Class
The Guitar Foundation of America contest winner for 2022 was Bokyung Byun of South Korea. On Sunday the 12th, she gave a Master Class for five of Jason Olson’s students from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. All five students were well prepared and knew their music. Bokyung helped them to better tell the story, with tips on phrasing, dynamics and such. She has a very positive and affirming teaching style that was great to witness; everybody learned something!
On the 14th, she gave a jaw dropping performance at the Surbrugg Prentice Auditorium on the Laramie County Community College campus. I checked, she has but ten fingers playing one guitar, but at times it sounded like three people performing. Bokyung also exhibited her humorous side between pieces, so the performance was delightful as well as stunning. This year, LCCC did a good job with the food as well.
February 2023 Playlist
Steve Gilmore, ‘Say Won’t You Be Mine’, Carter Stanley.
Ken Frederick, ‘Another Day’, original.
Rich Ryan (with vocal reinforcements by Keith), ‘Wooden Ships’, Crosby, Kantner, Stills.
Russ Williams, ‘Christmas Valentine’, Jason Mroz.
Nancy McKenzie, ‘The Girl I Left Behind Me’, English folk song.
Keith Blaney, ‘I Will’, Lennon/McCartney.
Ken Frederick, ‘Idiots Driving Like Maniacs’, original.
Rich Ryan, ‘Almost Cut My Hair’, David Crosby.
Russ Williams, ‘Prelude for Musique De Salon’, Ricardo Iznaola.
Nancy McKenzie, ‘Red Rocking Chair’, traditional.
Keith Blaney, ‘Oh Suzanna’, Steven Foster.
Ken Frederick, ‘It’s Garbage Day in Pt. Reyes’, original.
Rich Ryan, ‘Love The One You’re With’, Steven Stills.
Russell Williams, ‘Try to Remember’, Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones.
Nancy McKenzie, ‘Sally Goodin’, Woodie Guthrie.
Keith Blaney, ‘Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter’, Fred Ahlert/Joe Young.
Photos this month by Rich Ryan and Nancy McKenzie.
Good turn out this month! Good to see some folks we haven’t had join us in awhile. This month was our last meeting with our good friend, luthier, and stalwart Rick Memmel, who will be moving back east later this month after nearly 50 years here in Cheyenne. As for moving that much stuff, all I can say is yikes!… It will be a few months before he’s all settled in, but when he is, we’ll have a link that you can still hit him up for musical goodies.
We also received news that Floyd passed away, just before Christmas. Floyd was a master luthier; he knew more about Martin guitars than Martin did. When they talk about the changes in the internal bracing position, Floyd is the one who spotted that. He was quiet at the meetings, but if you got him on his home turf, watch out! There would be stories… We are truly diminished.
As for the meeting, several of us worked up tunes to honor Rick. Lots of original tunes were played as well. Since Remy missed our December meeting, he caught us up with some holiday medleys. It was good to hear Nancy and her mandolin. Rick brought not one but TWO group songs. Late in the program, Mark Allen (aka Snapper) also dropped by, and hopes he can swing by soon with some tunes to share. We hope so too!
The Board for 2023
Rich Ryan, chief cook and bottle washer.
Steve Gilmore, treasurer.
Keith Blaney, secretary and newsletter
Russ Williams, special events
David Norby, Nancy McKenzie, board. ( they ‘ll be doing all the hard work now)
The CGS Foundation through LCCC is doing so well, we decided to offer a scholarship fund for music students. No sooner than we established the nest-egg for it, we had an opportunity for matching funds! So in just a couple weeks, it bumped up to $30,000. The scholarship will be based on the earnings of the previous year, so the first scholarship award will be this upcoming fall. Additional funds can be added/earmarked at any time, so if you are interested give us a ping.
Valentine’s Dinner & Concert
This year marks the 25th annual Valentine’s Dinner and Concert! It will be held Tuesday, Feb 14th, on the LCCC campus. At 6pm, we will gather in the Surbrugg/Prentice Auditorium lobby for appetizers and wine. At 7pm, Bokyung Byun, winner of the Guitar Foundation of America’s annual contest, will perform in the auditorium. This will be followed by a plated dinner in the Clay Pathfinder building.
Dinner and concert this year will be $70 per person, $60 for members of CGS. This includes hors d’oeuvres, wine, beef or salmon (or vegan) dinner, and a rose for the ladies. Seating is limited, so get your reservations in to Russ Williams (630-4553) as soon as possible. Concert alone $30 or $25, depending on membership status. Plenty of seating for that, so pay ahead or at the door.
There will be a master class on the 15th, also on campus. It will either be in the Fine Arts building, Rm. 139, or in the auditorium. $10 to monitor, with 5 students up from Colorado in the hot seat. Whether you play classical guitar or not, these master classes are incredibly informative and entertaining.
PLAYLIST for January 2023
Justin Johnson, ‘Moon River’, Henri Mancini/Johnny Mercer, as sung by Audrey Hepburn.
Mason McTell, ‘Junkie Queen’, original.
David & Linda Norby, ‘Old Friends/Bookends’, Simon & Garfunkel.
‘Tis the season for a good turn-out! Welcome to Mason McTell, who played some great original tunes plus one from Big Bill Broonzy. Fresh stuff all around. Also long time-no see, and a big WELCOME BACK to Nancy McKenzie, owner of the above pictured well travelled case and Mandy Lynn, the lady who lives therein.
Barb Williams and Linda Norby both brought cookies. Linda claimed it was a secret ingredient that made them so tasty. Even before we got the thumb screws out (ok, they were really capo’s) David was singing like a canary, divulging the secret.
Roland let us know that the hospital in town would like volunteers to play music in their lobby. To find out more, contact 307-633-7513, and talk to whoever answers the phone.
The big news this night: Rick and Cathy Memmel will be moving to Delaware early next year. Kids and grandkids will be driving distance instead of a long flight away. Rick has been a stalwart with Guitar Society for many years, his hard work will be greatly missed.
Playlist December 2022
Roland Peterson, ‘If Santa Clause…’, Ted West & Hugh Cross.
Rick Memmel + Ed Heffern, ‘Noel’ (Christmas Dinner), Paul Stookey.
Mason McTell, ‘Colorado Girl’, original.
Steve Gilmore, ‘Hallelujah, Hear the Angels Sing’, Martin Gilmore.
David & Linda Norby, ‘White Christmas’, Irvin Berlin.
Keith Blaney, ‘The Christmas Song’, Mel Torme.
Nancy McKenzie, ‘Oh Beautiful Star of Bethlehem’, R. Fisher Boyce.
Russ Williams, ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’, Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane.
On the rare occasions the first Tuesday is also the first day of the month, it can catch us off guard. It sure did this month; I kind of missed the boat when it came to a timely notice to the group. So attendance was modest, to put it politely.
We still had our fun. With fewer players, more stories and jokes were told. We also made it three times around the circle, with time to spare. David Norby started us off tonight, much to his chagrin. He NEVER starts, he said. Well, my friend, never say never…
Just a reminder; next month we’ll be celebrating the holidays. While not required, many of our players do seasonal songs, and sometimes we have a few treats as well. So bring a cloth to clean off your strings afterwards…
Playlist November 2022
David Norby, ‘Stuck in the Middle With You’, Steelers Wheel.
Rick Memmel, ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’, Beatles.
Keith Blaney, ‘Seymour & Irmagard’, original.
Ken Frederick, ‘Chut Hut’, original.
Rich Ryan, ‘Different Drum’, Mike Nesmith.
Steve Gilmore, ‘I Don’t Like You’, Kenny Cornell.
Remy Abeyta, ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’, Elvis Presley.
David Norby, ‘Under My Thumb’, Rolling Stones.
Group Song, ‘Wonderful World’, Sam Cooke.
Keith Blaney, ‘Elmer’, original.
Ken Frederick, ‘Dad Gum It/Going to Base Camp’, original.
Rich Ryan, ‘Kodachrome’, Paul Simon.
Steve Gilmore, ‘Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out’, James Cox.
Remy Abeyta, ‘Folsom Prison Blues’, Johnny Cash.
David Norby, ‘Mr. Spaceman’, The Byrds.
Keith Blaney, ‘Crazy Love’, Van Morrison.
Ken Frederick, ‘Ole’ ‘, original.
Steve Gilmore, ‘Airproofing’, Leo Kottke.
Rich Ryan, ‘Try and Love Again’, Randy Meisner.
Photo credits this month go to Rich and Rick. Remy put his in a safe place.
This month’s report brought to you by Steve Gilmore and Rick Memmel, with pictures by Rich Ryan, Rick Memmel, and Remy Abeyta.
We met at the First United Methodist Church, and had a good group. Daniel Geary (firstname.lastname@example.org), joined us for the evening. He came up from Eaton, CO on invitation from our chief cook and bottle washer, Rich Ryan.
Both Remy and Russ sang a couple for us, always a treat. Ed played an original, along with a couple interesting tunes. Steve had a finger in a splint, but it didn’t seem to slow him down too much. There was some disagreement on exactly which hand suffered the injury; Steve claiming left while Rick thought it was the right hand. Without video evidence, I’m not sure either one of them is correct…
Steve reminded members of the concert to be held at the Laramie County Public Library on Friday, October 14, 2022 at 7:00 PM. Featured artists are John and Julie Pennell. John is a well known songwriter from Nashville, having written songs for Alison Kraus, Alan Jackson and Eva Cassidy. On Saturday, October 15, John and Julie will present a workshop at the library starting at 10:30 AM.
Song List for October 2022
Daniel Geary – Willin’ – Lowell George – When I Call Your Name – Vince Gill – Hard Day’s Night – Lennon & McCartney – Isn’t That So – Jesse Winchester
Rich Ryan – Sugar Mountain – Neil Young – In My Life – Lennon & McCartney Everybody’s Talkin’ – Fred Neil
Ed Heffern – Down The Lonesome Stretches – Original – Greenback Dollar – Hoyt Axton – Columbine – C.C. McCall
Rick Memmel – It’s Only Love – Lennon & McCartney – Run For Your Life – Lennon & McCartney
Russ Williams – Miami – Gerard Montreuil – Etude No. 8 – Giulo Regondi – Spinning Wheel – David C. Thomas (Russ sang this one)
Remy Abeyta – Jambalaya – Hank Williams – Limbo Rock – Chubby Checkers – Abilene – John D. Loudermilk (Remy sang this one)
Steve Gilmore – Heart Of A Little Mountain Girl – Doyle Lawson – Madison Brown – David Thompson – It’s Whiskey That Eases The Pain – Wayne Scott
With as hot as it’s been, the turn-out for our Sept. 6th meeting wasn’t too bad! Welcome to Linda Norby who added some more class to David’s already class act. Our friend Ron Labrecque also joined us, always good to see one of the library’s stalwarts. We also had a guest that stayed by the door and only stayed for a couple tunes. He looked like a Tim to us, so we’ll call him Tim until we know better. Everyone is welcome to join us, whether they play or not.
Linda and David teamed up for some great harmonies. Remy SANG one tonight! to open the evening. I joined him for Danny O’Keefe’s “Good Time Charlie” that was presentable. Rick and Ed joined forces for Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel”. Rick also brought us a group song, “Jackson”, by Cash and Carter. T’was a most pleasant evening in the library’s Cottonwood Room.
Pierre Bensusan will be giving a performance and workshop on Sept. 20th in the library’s Cottonwood Room. In a reader’s poll from Guitar Player Magazine, Pierre was voted the Best World Music Guitarist. He is an internationally renowned guitarist, vocalist, and composer. Pierre works in DADGAD tuning, and will be giving a workshop on it starting 10:30 in the Cottonwood Room. Bring a guitar if you like. The concert will begin at 7pm in the same location. Both events are free and open to the public.
Playlist for September 2022
Remy Abeyta, ‘In The Early Morning Rain’, Gordon Lightfoot.
Keith Blaney, ‘The Galaxy Song’, Eric Idle.
Linda & David Norby, ‘Breaking Up Is Hard To Do’, Neil Sedaka.
Rich Ryan, ‘Comes A Time’, Neil Young.
Ken Frederick, ‘Dreams’, original.
Edith Cook, ‘My Giselle’, Adela Halle.
Rick Memmel & Ed Heffern, ‘Wagon Wheel’, Old Crow Medicine Show.
Ed Heffern, ‘When I Go’, Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer.
Remy & Keith, ‘Good Time Charlie’, Danny O’Keefe.
Linda & David, ‘Sound of Silence’, Paul Simon.
Rich, ‘Something in the Way She Moves’, James Taylor.
Ken, ‘I Wrote a Song On A Sunday’, original. Copyrite held by Rick Memmel.
Edith Cook, ‘Renaissance’, anonymous.
Group, ‘Jackson’, Johnny Cash & June Carter.
Ed Heffern, ‘Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald’, Gordon Lightfoot.
Remy, ‘La Pecosita’, Lalo Elizalde.
Keith, ‘Miss Celie’s Blues’, Quincy Jones, et.al.
David Norby, ‘Don’t Go To Strangers’, J.J. Cale.
Rich, ‘Fire and Rain’, James Taylor.
Ken, ‘I Got To Get Away (I Want to be Free)’, original.
Rick, ‘Pink Panther (theme)’, Henry Mancini.
Photo credits this month go to Guitar Society’s 3 R’s; Rick, Remy, and Rich.
For our August 2nd soiree, we met at Lion’s Park North Pavillion for a picnic. It was lightly attended; we’re guessing it was a combination of the ominous clouds early in the evening and the previous weeks’ rodeo activities. The clouds moved along, and it turned into a lovely evening.
Joining us were the entire Johnson clan, Edith Cook, Ron Labrecque, Brian Andreas, Judy Gilmore, and Maria Means. Pete Piatrowski came up from Fort Collins. Isaac Abeyta dropped by with a powerful lantern, just in case we ran out of daylight like last year. Steve did the cooking chores, making burgers, brats, and hot dogs. The rest of us brought side dishes. Of note, Kathy Abeyta’s coconut cream pie was so good that I think someone ate the pan it came in. Sorry Kathy, hope it wasn’t your good china.
The eating portion and playing portion of the evening overlapped a bit, but we finally found our rhythm. The photos this month are thanks to Remy. As the sun sunk lower in the sky, the photojournalism got a bit tricky, but the natural light made for some lovely shots (see above photo) ((well, TWO photos up maybe)) Thanks Remy! By the way, our group song was an acappella ‘Happy Birthday’, for Kristy and Nora Johnson, and our buddy Remy, who turned 84 on Saturday.
The Denver Guitar Festival and Competition is being held September 9-11 at the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver. Registration is currently in progress and ends Sept. 1st. Prize money totals $6000 in both adult and youth categories. For more information, visit www.du.edu/lamont/guitarfestival
Playlist August 2022
Keith & Justin, ‘Wake Up Little Suzie’, the Everly Brothers.
Justin & Keith, ‘Bojangles’, Jerry Jeff Walker.
Everybody, (mostly Justin), Wave on Wave, Jason Isbel.
Loren Woodin, ‘Cakewalk To Town’, Taj Mahal.
Rich Ryan, ‘Needle and the Damage Done’, Neil Young.
Steve Gilmore, ‘Suzie Q’, Dale Hawkins.
Ken Frederick, ‘Socky Bombs’, original.
Peter Piatrowski, ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’, Procal Harem.
Pete, ‘Only You Can Love Me This Way’, Keith Urban.
Kristy Johnson, ‘Vincent (Starry Night)’, Don McClean (Ellie Golding).
It was a fair turnout, for the 5th of July! No fireworks were harmed during the making of this newsletter. Welcome to Moshe Halfon, our newest guitar playing rabbi in town! Also back in the saddle this month is our friend Edith Cook, who has finally recovered enough from shoulder surgery to play guitar with us again.
Rick and Jeannie teamed up again for a couple of 50-60’s tunes. I’m starting to think Rick has more than one bass; the last one he brought was blue and this one wasn’t. He also brought us a couple more group songs, which always liven’s things up a bit.
Keep your ear trumpet out for the August meeting’s location. I think we’re going to have a picnic someplace. Steve, our grill master for such events, is already wearing his apron around the house. I’ll post the location as soon as I know, and then I’ll post it again in August. Of the picnic, not Steve’s place…
Playlist July 2022
Rick Memmel & Jeannie White, ‘Last Kiss’, J. Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers.
The ‘report’ from our June 7th meeting, written here on the Summer Solstice, will be full of the same misinformation that you should expect by now. I’m just hoping to be done by sunset.
T’was a pretty good crowd for a summertime meeting, though I don’t think summer had arrived just yet. Welcome back to Paul Robertson, from up Torrington way, lending us a little extra class(ical). Edith Cook came down too, though her shoulder surgery needs a little more time before she’s ready to strum her six string again. Next time we see her she should be good to go.
Bill White got shanghaied into coming; he was looking for some lessons and ended up in the snake pit instead. He played a bit for us anyway, and I admire anyone that can do that. Playing in public is NOTHING like serenading on your sofa. We also had a guest, Bev Fontaine. You are both welcome to join us any time, it was great to have you with us!
As they say in talk radio world, ‘long time listener/first time caller’ Scott Gondzar joined us. He’s been following our shenanigans via the newsletter for some time, but finally got a chance to join us in person. He says his musical influencers are the Three Kings of Blues and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Three Kings, eh? Larry, Billy Jean, and Rodney, right? Shouldn’t give the new guy so much muck to wade through, but I jes cain’t hep micelff. He did play a SRV lick, and he’s quite good!
Rick and Jeannie teamed up for a couple tunes, and Rick brought us the group song as well. It’s a nice break between laps, where we all get to screw up something together.
Picnic planning for August??? Since we don’t have a room secured, we might just be eating out that month. Another housekeeping detail, Rich has been telling us for months now that we start at 6pm, but as musicians, we are legally obligated to ignore such horological restrictions. It’s giving him grey hair, so we should TRY to do better for his hair dresser’s sake.
Playlist for June 2022
Jeannie White and Rick Memmel, ‘Honey Don’t’, Carl Perkins.
Paul Robertson, ‘Squares Suspended’, Andrew York.
Bill White, ‘I’d Love to Change the World’, Ten Years After.
Ken Frederick, ‘And I Love Her’, The Beatles.
Ed Heffern, ‘Fiddler’s Green’, traditional.
Rich Ryan, ‘Leader of the Band’, Dan Fogelberg.
David Norby, ‘Fanny (Be Tender With My Love)’, Bee Gees.
Keith Blaney, ‘Fish and Whistle’, John Prine.
Russ Williams, ‘Nobody, Not Even The Rain’, Alan Thomas.
Remy Abeyta, ‘Folsom Prison Blues’, Johnny Cash.
Jeannie & Rick, ‘Love is All Around’, Troggs.
Group, ‘Old Time Rock & Roll’, Bob Seger.
Jeannie White, ‘It’s Not Easy Being Me’, David Gray.
Rich Ryan, ‘We Just Disagree’, Dave Mason. (moved for picture purposes)
Paul Robertson, ‘Oblivion’, Astor Piazzola.
Scott Gondzar, ‘Change It’, Stevie Ray Vaughn.
Ken Frederick, ‘Til There Was You’, The Beatles.
Ed Heffern, ‘Landslide’, Stevie Nicks.
David Norby, ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’, The Band (Robbie Robinson)
Keith Blaney, ‘Angel From Montgomery’, John Prine.
Russ Williams, ‘A Cowboy Rides Away’, George Straight.
Remy Abeyta, ‘Roadhouse Boogie’, Duane Eddy.
Jeannie White, ‘Time After Time’, Cyndi Lauper.
Paul Robertson, ‘Ode To Joy’, Ludwig van Beethoven.
Scott Gondzar, ‘San-Ho-Zay’, Freddie King.
Ken Frederick, ‘Penny For Your Thoughts’, Peter Frampton.
Ed Heffern, ‘I Am A Child’, Neil Young.
David Norby, ‘Kicks’, Paul Revere & The Raiders.
Rich Ryan, ‘Sister Golden Hair’, America.
Also joining us this evening were Bev Fontaine and Edith Cook.