September 2023 Meeting

A rare photo of Ken

As expected just after the holiday, our turn-out for the Sept. 5th meeting was ‘modest’, at best. No matter! We have more time for stories and socializing with a small group. Our chief cook and bottle washer, Rich Ryan, was in Baahhstahn MA (the phonetic spelling) getting those folks back in line. Which left yours truly to herd the cats this month. It went well; not that many, and very COOL cats.

Ken started our Day After Labor Day meeting with an original tune called Labor Day, oddly enough. David Norby brought his usual eclectic playlist of songs none of us have heard in 25 years or more, which is always a treat. Ed Heffern took us around the world with songs from Kentucky, Mexico, Ireland, and the Norwegian Woods, wherever they are.

This is Ed in his traveling shoes (not pictured)

Photo credits this month go to Remy Abeyta. Upcoming Event! John Lowell and cowboy story teller Randy Reiman will be giving a show at the library on Oct. 24th called ‘Music & Stories of the American West’. Starts at 6:30pm and admission is free, in the Cottonwood Room on the first floor.

Group picture, photobombed by Remy’s Telecaster

Playlist for September 2023

Ken Frederick, ‘Labor Day’, original.

Remy Abeyta, ‘Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree’, Tony Orlando and Dawn.

Steve Gilmore, ‘Silver & Clay’, John Lowell.

Some of Roger

Roger Stearns, ‘Seminole Wind’, Jon Anderson.

Ed Heffern, ‘Paradise’, John Prine.

Keith Blaney, ‘Big Rock Candy Mountain’, Woodie Guthrie.

Seventh Inning Stretch? No, that’s not right…

David Norby, ‘Seven Year Ache’, Rosanne Cash.

Ken, ‘New March 2016’, original.

Remy Abeyta, ‘South of the Border’, Gene Autry.

Rare photo of Steve playing a first position chord.

Steve, ‘Singin’ The Blues’, Guy Mitchell.

Roger Stearns, ‘I Used To Love Her’, Rolling Stones.

Ed Heffern, ‘Cielito Lindo’, traditional.

First Chair!

Keith, ‘Sheriff’s Only Daughter’, original.

David, ‘I Saw The Light’, Todd Rungdren.

Ken, ‘Kissing the Wind’, original.

Remy with his back-up band, ‘Lil’ Red and Big Black’.

Remy, ‘La Pecosita’, Lalo Elizalde.

Steve, ‘Flowers Are Red’, Harry Chapin.

Roger, ‘The Legend of Dan’, original.

Ed, ‘Norwegian Wood’, Beatles.

Keith, ‘Every Night’, Paul McCartney.

Our guest tonight, Mandy Lynn and her designated driver, Nancy McKenzie.

David, ‘Itchygoo Park’, Small Faces.

Remy, ‘Good Time Charlie’, Danny O’Keefe.

Steve, ‘Dress Rehearsal’, Jody Adams.

Roger, ‘Livin’ On Love’, Alan Jackson.

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

August 2023 meeting and picnic

Our very own paranormal poltergeist, Steve’s ghost appeared out of nowhere.

After a long string of 90* plus days, our August 1st picnic started out overcast and very cool. But the clouds broke, throwing long shadows as the sun set, resulting in some great photos by Rich and Nancy.

Thanks to Steve for manning the grill, and everyone that brought side dishes. Also a special thanks, and WELCOME to Linda Stearns, who brought several sides and many table covers. Really spiffed the joint up!

The Big Dog, one porch over from us.

Once we started playing, we ran in to some stiff competition from the nearby band shell. From a distance, it looked like the East High School Concert Band. They gave us a run for our money at times.

While Ed plays, the Stearns look on

Two things I enjoy most about the picnic are the great pictures, and the many guests we always have. Bret Ross, Brian Andreas, Linda Stearns, Maria Means, Barb Williams, and Judy Heffern. One fellow, Chad Lerwick out of Casper, just saw us setting up and getting guitars out, and asked if he could stick around to listen. Absolutely! and that he did.

Sing directly into the pole for maximum amplification.

It also brought out Gary Krause, whom we haven’t seen in awhile. He’s got a carbon fiber ukulele these days that is pretty cool.

You Can’t Roller-skate in a Buffalo Herd

Nancy was able to join us after a very busy Frontier Days. She played over a dozen gigs at six different venues. Woof. Notably absent was our friend Remy, who had his 85th birthday on the previous Sunday. His house was still full of friends and family, so he couldn’t sneak out on Tuesday. Happy Birthday, buddy!

Playlist for August 2023

Love the long shadows as we started

Steve Gilmore, ‘On the Outside Looking In’, Tim O’Brien.

Roger Stearns, ‘Dump That Chump’, Little Charlie & the Nightcats.

Keith Blaney, ‘I’m An Old Cowhand’, Johnny Mercer.

Favorite photo of the night! Maria and Ken

Ken Frederick, ‘All I’ve Got To Do’, the Beetles.

Justin Johnson, ‘Like a Stone’, Chris Cornell.

Justin, unplugged

Russ Williams, ‘Afro Cuban Lullaby’, Leo Brouwer.

Gary Krause, ‘Catch the Wind’, Donovan

Also favorite photo: Mandy Lynn and her back up singer.

Nancy McKenzie, ‘Sally Goodin’, traditional.

Ed Heffern, ‘Volcano’, Jimmy Buffet.

Rich concentrating so hard he didn’t notice the lights came on!

Rich Ryan, ‘Mellow Yellow’, Donovan.

Steve Gilmore, ‘Still Feeling Blue’, Gram Parsons.

Ken Frederick, ‘Here Comes the Sun’, George Harrison.

Thinks he’s on his motorcycle, and really leaning into it.

Keith Blaney, ‘Miss Celie’s Blues’, Quincy Jones/Rod Temperton.

Gary Krause, ‘Moonlight Bay’, Percy Wenrich.

Russ’s socks + Justin’s shoes= ONE ROCK STAR.

Russ Williams, ‘Windmills of Your Mind’, Michel LeGrand.

Nancy McKenzie, ‘The Girl I Left Behind Me’, English folk song.

Ed Heffern, ‘Song of Wyoming’, Kent Lewis.

Ed in the front, Chad in the back.

Roger Stearns, ‘Killing Time’, Clint Black.

Rich had a Clint Black tune as well, but it didn’t get listed.

Upcoming Events

On August 19th, High Plains Tradition will be playing for the Riverside Town party, starting about 5pm at their ‘fairground’. Riverside is just a touch north of Encampment, on State Road 230. High Plains Tradition plays the world over, and they really put on a great bluegrass show. Catch them when you can!

July 2023 meeting

Capo on the 5th, D shape, sounds like an out of tune G…

We got together this month on Wednesday the 5th, because they wouldn’t let us in the building on Tuesday, the 4th of July. Something about a holiday.

Archive photo; they don’t let us in this room any more.

Only 7 butts in seats this month, which is typical for early summer meetings. They’re still fun; plenty of time to gas bag and get to know our regulars a little better (like Ken’s trip to Base Camp at Mt. Everest) Ed kicked us off with a Mark Knopfler tune. Originals by Keith and Ken, and some great duets by Roger and Steve. The first tune Roger played “All Over Again”, was one he liked from a compilation recording. When he played it out at The Bunkhouse the first time, Steve said, ‘You know, Martin (Gilmore) wrote that.’

Roger’s brought some great tunes the last few months.

Steve’s band, High Plains Tradition, will be playing at the Riverside Town Party (just north of Encampment) on August 19th, starting around 5pm. It’s a free concert, so catch it if you can.

Playlist for July 2023

Ed Heffern, ‘Sailing to Philadelphia’, Mark Knopfler.

Roland Peterson, ‘You’ll Always Have Someone’, Willie Nelson.

Ken’s picking’ pretty good with his recently shortened middle finger.

Ken Frederick, ‘Mixed Emotions’, original.

Keith Blaney, ‘Cheyoming Front Rear Daze’, original.

Steve Gilmore, ‘Sweet Allis Chalmers’, Jimmie Hadley.

Roger Stearns, ‘All Over Again’, Martin Gilmore.

Rich Ryan, ‘Operator’, Jim Croce.

Ed’s Standing Ovation. Just kidding, it’s a Martin.

Ed Heffern, ‘Rocky Top’, Felice & Boudeleaux Bryant.

Roland Peterson, ‘Don’t Be Angry’, Stonewall Jackson.

Ken, ‘July Rain, October Snow’, original.

As my manager used to say, ‘Play something you know!’

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

Steve, ‘Old Cane Press’, American folk song.

Roger, ‘Run Away’, Del Shannon. (with audience help on the high stuff)

Rich, ‘Something in the Way She Moves’, James Taylor.

I’d swear I heard that shirt singing harmony

Ed, ‘I’m Not My Season’, Robin Pecknold/Fleet Foxes.

Ken, ‘Rocky Mountain Sweet’, original.

The tallest guitar player in High Plains Tradition

Steve, ‘Texas Hambone Blues’, Milton Brown.

Roger, ‘Don’t Rock the Jukebox’, Alan Jackson.

Rich took all the pictures (but no selfies) this month. Thanks Rich! Now, is that ‘Thanks Rich’ for taking pictures, or not taking selfies? YES!

June 2023 meeting

Welcome to Abby Cook. Much better behaved than Rich Ryan, I might add.

You all know this, but occasionally I am compelled to remind you anyway. What you read here is NOT THE TRUTH. Well, that’s not exactly true, either. I try to be as accurate as possible with the play list, because that’s what happened. But the rest of it, not so much. You all can handle the truth, without a doubt, but I try not to let the truth mess up a good story. So let the lieing begin!!!

It’s a pretty good crowd for a Saturday!

We had visitors from all four corners of the compass this month. Paul came down from Wheatland, Steve came up from Greeley, Edith (and Abby) came over from Saratoga. Patrick Norby came all the way up from Florida, just to play with us! Our longest distance traveler this month was Steve Gilmore, from Ireland. Welcome to Sal Dabella! Hope you’ll join us again soon.

David, from rainy WYO, and Patrick from sunny FLA

We had great duets from all around the room. The Norby’s above, Keith and Nancy, and Roger and Steve. Quite an assortment of original tunes were also offered up. Wonderful classical performances as well. We got to enjoy some world class talent, and cookies from Edith, for free. Doesn’t get much better than that!

The secret to Steve’s success. Pretty sure I could play as well with socks like that.

Our friend, Marvelous Marvin Frerich, passed away mid May. We took a moment to remember our friend. He was born in 1939 in Clear Lake, Minnesota, amongst 7 brothers and sisters. He taught math and science in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Colorado, and managed to earn two masters degrees while working. He ended up teaching in Ghana, West Africa, during his stint with the Peace Corps. Then did remodeling and construction when he returned to Colorado, building two different homes for his family.

Marvin had just knocked off the Wells Fargo stage coach, during his road agent days.

Dementia finally took him, but we always enjoyed his company and sweet personality. During the last couple years, Marvin played ‘Jamaican Farewell’ for the ‘first time in over 20 years’, every time he came to the meeting. So we all played along, helped out with chords, and were richer for it. We are diminished.

Steve, not so close up as last shot.

Steve Waechter is hosting a house concert down in Greeley next Sunday evening, June 18th. Alfredo Muro from Peru will be the guest artist. Concert will start at 7pm at 277 N 60th Ave. Greeley, CO. If you would like more info, I can resend you the blurb. Then, if you are interested in attending, give me a ping and I will forward your RSVP to Steve.

Playlist for June 2023

Halfway through his song, the stack of chairs completed their stalk and ate Paul whole.

Paul Robertson, ‘Evocacia’, José Luis Merlin.

Chris AlmaJose, ‘A Brighter Touch of Haze’, original.

David & Patrick Norby, ‘Postcards From Paraguay’, Mark Knopfler.

Steve Waechter, ‘Cowboy Movie Medley’, Webster/Tioken/Evans.

Look up ‘Determination’ in the dictionary and this is the picture.

Edith Cook, ‘Minuet in C’, Fernando Sor.

Keith Blaney, ‘The Cape’, Guy Clark.

Ed Heffern, ‘Don Quixote’, Gordon Lightfoot.

Steve Gilmore, ‘An Irish Song’, Ed McCurdy.

Roger had Steve play along. Luckily it was one of the two songs Steve knows.

Roger Stearns, ‘Sing Me Back Home’, Merle Haggard.

Ken Frederick, ‘No Name Yet’ (if I just leave it blank, you can’t see it), original.

Rich Ryan, ‘Tears In Heaven’, Eric Clapton.

Here’s Marvin without his bank robber’s disguise

Group Song, ‘Jamaica Farewell’, Carribean folk tune.

Paul Robertson, ‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’, J.S. Bach.

Chris AlmaJose, ‘Rock and Roll All Night’, KISS.

This is how to play KISS with your tongue retracted

David & Patrick Norby, ‘Take It Easy’, Jackson Browne/ The Eagles.

Steve Waechter, ‘Birthday Tassel Tango’, original.

My nose is ready for its close-up, Mr. DeVille

Nancy McKenzie & Keith Blaney, ‘John Ryan’s Polka/Tell Me Ma’, Irish folk tunes.

Keith Blaney, ‘Empty Saddlebags’, original.

Look how happy Ed is, once we told him what those knobs were for.

Ed Heffern, ‘Crucified’, original.

Steve Gilmore, ‘Banua’, Dave Guard.

Roger Stearns, ‘I Used To Love Her’, Rolling Stones.

Ken Frederick, ‘Happy Birthday to Me’, original.

South End Boyz; Ken, Rich, Sal, Paul, and Chris.

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

Paul Robertson, ‘Corcovado’, Antonia Carlos Jobim.

Chris Alma Jose, ‘In Your Eyes’, Peter Gabriel.

Picture of Steve’s new hat. Oh, and Ed, the guy with no hat.

Steve Waechter, ‘Prayer Song For Creusa’, original.

Edith Cook, ‘Renaissance’, anonymous.

More Stuff

Guests this month included Abby Cook, Kristie AlmaJose, Sal Dabella, and Remy Abeyta.

Photo credits this month Rich Ryan, Remy Abeyta, and Nancy McKenzie.

In July, the first Tuesday falls on the 4th. We’ll meet on the 5th instead.

Edith, your cookies were delicious. Thank you.

May 2023 meeting

Our fearless leader with a 12 string, almost in tune even.

We had a REALLY small turnout for our May meeting. I always think, oh, this is going to be grim. I am, however, always wrong. No one prepares more than a couple songs (if that) and we can make 4 or 5 ‘laps’ around the room. So it’s mostly impromptu, very relaxed, and usually just a ton of fun.

Our guest Tom, already giving Rich the stink eye. (He caught on fast)

Welcome to our guest, Tom Parkins. I think he took us up on our invitation from the concert last week. We had another guest, Joey The Drummer, who disappeared before I thought to take his picture. I’m sure we’ll see him again.

Ah, the concert, held on April 27th. Raphaël Feuillâtre won the Guitar Foundation of America’s classical guitar contest a couple years ago, and this was his last stop on his American tour of 36 concerts in about 50 days. This was open to the public, free, in the library’s Cottonwood Room, in conjunction with our Guitar Society and the LCCC foundation.

Rafaël, mesmerizing the crowd.

The weather this night was absolutely dreadful, but still we managed to fill about 120 seats or so. The other ‘fly in the ointment’ was we were unable to tap any of our usual sources for sound reinforcement equipment. Rick recently moved to Podunk, Delaware (the state capitol), Steve was goofing off with High Plains Tradition in Ireland somewhere, and Nancy was at a gig of her own. I think this turned out to be a blessing in disguise; the acoustics of the Cottonwood Room are very good, when you use it like you’re supposed to. When Rafaël moved into quieter passages, you could hear a pin drop. Everyone was involved, listening to every nuance of his performance. I believe that some of that magic would have been lost, had it been amplified.

This poor young man from France was homesick and ready to go home, after bouncing back and forth across America for nearly two months. He had a flight out at 3am the same evening. You would never have guessed this from his stunning performance, it was quite magical.

Playlist for May 2023

Shoeless Joe, singin’ a Shoeless Carole song

Keith Blaney, ‘You’ve Got a Friend’, Carole King.

Paul Robertson, ‘LaCatedral Sandede’, Barrios.

David Norby, ‘Life is a Highway’, Tom Cochrane.

Rich Ryan, ‘Part of the Plan’, Dan Fogelberg.

Our friendly giant, Gary, who makes that guitar look really small…

Gary Krause, ‘Folsom Prison Blues’, Johny Cash.

Nancy McKenzie, ‘Taking a Pass’, original.

Keith Blaney, ‘Love Potion #9’, Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller (the Searchers).

Paul Robertson, ‘Torija’, Terroba.

Paul with his fancy Swiss Army footrest/case/tip jar gizmo.

David Norby, ‘Plastic Jesus’, Ed Rush/George Cromarty.

Rich Ryan, ‘Sugar Mountain’, Neil Young.

Gary Krause, ‘The Wonder of You’, Elvis Presley.

Nancy McKenzie, ‘Red Haired Boy/Margaret’s Waltz, traditional.

Weebles wobble, but they don’t fall down!

Keith Blaney, ‘A Little Help From My Friends’, Ringo Starr.

Paul Robertson, ‘Amazing Grace’, John Newton.

David Norby, ‘Don’t Worry Baby’, Brian Wilson (B.J. Thomas version)

David with his Swiss Army music stand/chair.

Rich Ryan, ‘These Days’, Dan Fogelberg.

Keith Blaney, ‘Shower the People’, James Taylor.

Paul Robertson, ‘Be Thou My Vision’, Forgaill.

Whatever they’re looking at, it looks serious.

Gary Krause & Nancy McKenzie, ‘Jackson’, Johny Cash.

Paul Robertson, ‘Squares Suspended’, Andrew York.

David’s Group Song, ‘Early Morning Rain’, Gordon Lightfoot.

Keith’s Group Song, ‘Mr. Bojangles’, Jerry Jeff Walker.

Rich’s Group Song, ‘Kodachrome’, Paul Simon.

Photo credits this month: all Rich Ryan, and really good’ns too I might add. Except the one of him, I think I took that.

April 2023 Meeting

On the 4th of April, we held our meeting at Justin and Kristy’s house; thanks for hosting us! Casper got 26.7″ of snow in the prior 24 hours (WOOF!), but luckily we got a couple feet less than that, so turn-out for our ‘Springtime In Wyoming’ meeting was pretty decent. Welcome back to Roger Stearns, (pictured above) who last visited 8-10 years ago. And welcome to Kristi AlmaJose, our guest for the first time.

Kristi is in this shot; see her hands holding the phone? Chris is kind of hogging up the frame…

Justin and Kristy built an addition they call the Fun Room, and it was a good fit for our gathering. Kristy (and Nico) also made treats and coffee for us. It was a fun, relaxed atmosphere, a most pleasant meeting.

While we didn’t have a group song per se, Roger invited us all to play along with him so it was just as good! Photo credits this month go to Nancy McKenzie.

Playlist for April 2023

Ken Frederick, ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, George Harrison.

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

Chris AlmaJose, ‘ ’39’, Queen.

Big man in a little chair.

Steve Gilmore, ‘Curb Service’, HiLo’s.

Ernie Brazzale, ‘You Belong To Me’, Chilton Price/Redd Stewart/PeeWee King.

Justin Johnson, ‘San Francisco Bay Blues’, Eric Clapton et al.

Russ Williams, ‘Cantabile’, Simone Cannarelli.

Roger Stearns, ‘You Plant Your Fields’, New Grass Revival (Donny Lowery, Wendy Waldman).

Practicing song for his brother’s wedding.

Ken Frederick, ‘You Are My Love’, original.

Nancy McKenzie/Keith Blaney, ‘Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain’, The Judds.

Chris AlmaJose, ‘One Day at a Time’, original.

Steve Gilmore, ‘Pray For Rain’, John Lowell.

Ernie Brazzale, ‘Over the Rainbow’, H. Arlen.

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard them harmonize!

Justin & Kristy, ‘Chaos and Clothes’, Jason Isbell.

Roger Stearns, ‘Sing Me Back Home’, Don Williams.

Ken Frederick, ‘Sqwaggy Sqwiggy’, original.

Keith Blaney, ‘Straight Up’, Elliot Wolff (Paula Abdul).

Russ is happy about something!

Russ Williams, ‘That’s All’, Allen Brant/Bob Haynes.

Chris AlmaJose, ‘Shooting Star’, Bad Company.

Steve Gilmore, ‘Ramblin’ Fever’, Merle Haggard.

Ernie Brazzale, ‘If’, Bread.

Upcoming Events

Raphael Feuillatre from France will be in town for a performance and master class later this month. The Master Class will be held April 24th, 1:30pm at LCCC in room 139 of the Fine Arts Building. $35 for players, $10 to audit, free for students and their instructors.

Concert will be April 27th, 6:30 pm, in the Cottonwood Room at Laramie County Library. Admission is free, seating limited to about 200. These events arranged by Cheyenne Guitar Society in concert with Laramie County Library and the LCCC Foundation.

March 2023 Meeting

Chris tearing up his original tune, ‘Wy O ming’.

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!

Only Earthling I know hooked directly to StarNet, with these custom top-mount optics and Satellite Comm Link.

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.’

Remy with one of his Telly’s. The other is a TeleCASTER…

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.

Two big dog song writers, both marking the same territory.

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.

PRETTY sure Jordan is awake here.

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.

That paper with dancing ants must be important; Russ is staring intently with his tongue out (off camera)

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!

Needs a shave and a haircut, but we heard he just got released from the Witless Protection Program.

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)

Our rockhound wrote a wonderful original tune, ‘Beach of Pebbles’.

Ed Heffern, ‘Beach of Pebbles’, original.

Ernie Brazzale, ‘Sleepy Time Down South’, Rene’ Brothers.

Remy Abeyta, ‘Wildwood Flower’, Mother Maybelle Carter.

Russ Williams, ‘Allegretto’, Fernando Sor

Roland sang TWO for us tonight!

Roland Peterson, ‘Jealous Heart’, Jenny Lou Carson.

Rich Ryan, ‘Sister Golden Hair’, America.

My apologies to Chris, who needs a swoop over his eeee’s but I dunno how to make that happen.

February 2023 meeting

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.

As a newly minted member, I can now claim I am a past president and have been attending since 2003.

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.

Song # 2

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.

Manny Lopez-Arrendondo in the hot seat

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

Ken brought us a few more original tunes.

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 knew her part. Me? not so much…

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.

This is how Russ looks after telling one of his terrible jokes

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.

Our furless lemur. Damned auto correct!!!

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.

January 2023 meeting

Rick just singing his lungs out.

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.

The String Doctor, Floyd Turner

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.

Maria is making sure Ken plays it correctly

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)

Foundation/Scholarship Fund

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.

Kathy and Rick from a previous Valentine’s soiree

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

Breakfast at Tiffany’s was this song’s debut

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.

Ken Frederick, ‘New Year’s Day’, original.

Nancy McKenzie, ‘Red Haired Boy/Margaret’s Waltz’, traditional/Pat Shaw.

Oooo, shouldn’t a sucked that lemon

Keith Blaney, ‘A Little Help From My Friends’, Lennon/McCartney.

Roland Peterson, ‘Arkansas Traveler’, arranged by Scott Nygaard.

Steve Gilmore, ‘Banua’, Kingston Trio.

Remy Abeyta, ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’, Brenda Lee.

Remy, ‘Deck The Halls’, Thomas Oliphant.

Russ really knows how to read music. Unbelievable!

Russ Williams, ‘What’ll I Do?’, Irvin Berlin.

Rich Ryan, ‘What Child Is This?’, traditional.

group song, ‘Is Anybody Going To San Antone’, Doug Sahm.

Justin Johnson, ‘Golden Embers’, Mandolin Orange/Watch House.

Mason McTell, ‘Church Street Blues’, Norman Blake.

lovely harmonies of Linda and David. Just not in this pix…

David & Linda, ‘WITH a Little Help From My Friends’, the Beatles.

Ken Frederick, ‘At The End Of The Day’, original.

Nancy McKenzie, ‘Blue Birds are Singing For Me’, Lester Flatt.

Keith, ‘When I’m 64’, Paul McCartney.

Roland Peterson, ‘500 Miles’, Hedy West.

Our best picture of Steve’s floppy right hand.

Remy Abeyta, ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’, Hugh Martin/Ralph Blane.

Rich Ryan, ‘In My Life’, Beatles.

group, ‘Folsom Prison Blues’, Johnny Cash.

Mason McTell, ‘Mr. Mud & Mr. Gold’, Towns VanZandt.

Ken Frederick, ‘Holiday #22’, original.

Remy Abeyta, ‘Silent Night/We Wish You A Merry Christmas’, Franz Xaver Gruber, Arthur Warrell.

also joining us tonight; Rick Memmel, Maria Means, and Mark Allen.

‘The right tool for the job’ was Floyd’s motto.

December 2022 meeting

I’ve been everywhere, man.

‘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, provider of cookies, and some guy.

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.

Lovely duets, but no secrets are safe

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.

We heard you didn’t have much to move, so here’s something else

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.

Things are looking up for Mason, well he’s looking up, at things, maybe.

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.

That case is fascinating on the inside, too!

Russ Williams, ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’, Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane.

Rich Ryan, ‘O Holy Night’, traditional, arr. McGowan.

Group Song (and cookie break) ‘Jingle Bells’, James Pierpont, published 1857.

Roland claims he never started us off, so we fixed that tonight.

Roland (for his second tune), ‘Angel From Montgomery’, John Prine.

Ed & Rick, ‘The Gift’, Stephanie Davis.

Mason McTell, ‘Burn Down The Wal-Mart’, original.

Steve Gilmore, ‘Marvelous Toy’, Tom Paxton.

‘It goes bbbrrrrttt when it stops’. Steve does too, sometimes.

David & Linda Norby, ‘Walk Right Back’, Everly Brothers.

Nancy McKenzie, ‘Christmas Times A Comin’, Bill Monroe.

Keith Blaney, ‘I Still Write Your Name In The Snow’, Chet Atkins.

Playing the only Chet song I know, or can play.

Russ Williams, ‘Auld Lang Syne’, traditional.

Rich Ryan, ‘Mr. Grinch’, Dr. Seuss & Albert Hague.

Next year let’s talk him into dressing up for this one!

Mason McTell, ‘Life of John’, original.

Steve Gilmore, ‘Teardrops Will Kiss The Morning Dew’, Paul Craft.

Ed’s a picking’, and Rick’s a grinning’. I think.

Rick & Ed, ‘Holly Jolly Christmas’, Johnny Marks.

David Norby, ‘Red Nose Friend’ (aka Red Neck Friend) Jackson Browne parody by David.

Mason McTell, ‘Key to the Highway’, Big Bill Broonzy.


Rick brought the group song, Linda and Barb brought the cookies. Photos by Rich Ryan and Rick Memmel.