Don Williams

March 28, 1939 – November 13, 2019

Our good friend and long standing Guitar Society stalwart Don Williams passed away last Wednesday. When I took over the newsletter from Don and Danna in April of 2015, I did a bio of the Dynamic Duo. Let’s see if I can transfer that story here for those of you that didn’t get a chance to know Don.

This photo was up in the ‘Teaser’ section on the first page. and was captioned ‘WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE?’

Don and Danna Williams, We Salute You

We begin this tale in 1958, when Danna’s sister took her along to work one day at her job at the Owl Inn. Don saw Danna, snatched her right out of the cradle (obviously) and that was that. Before you know it, the begat’n started; three daughters begat 7 grandkids that begat 2 grand babies. They’ll also begetting a set of twins this fall.

Danna did a short stint (27 years) with the state. Don had an auto upholstery/glass shop for starters, then like a good neighbor, wrapped up his work career in the insurance biz. More importantly, he started up a band with Carl Halladay, Stan Christiansen, and Wayne Land called The Chugwater Philharmonic in 1967. Don was on the five string banjo. Their first gig was during the rodeo, playing between acts at the Melodrama, two shows a day. Like most things CFD, they put in very long days on a voluntary basis. The band became a fixture at the Pancake Breakfast. Ask anyone that’s been around town awhile, they will tell you the two things they miss about the good old days are the Chuck Wagon Races and/or the Chugwater Philharmonic, playing for breakfasts. Pancakes just don’t taste as good these days.

Now to the WHOLE POINT of this third page. Don and Danna have been doing our newsletter for this entire century, this entire millennium even, plus a year or two of the last one. Not everyone had a computer back in the ’90’s, so they produced a printed version as well. (there was a photo of an old green printed newsletter here I can’t seem to recover; you’ll have to use your imagination) They have also served on the board of directors since Hector was a pup. They opened their home and have been the most gracious hosts of our group’s annual picnic more times than you can count on your hand. They have been members of Guitar Society longer than either of them can remember. True stalwarts of our guitar picking community, we wouldn’t be the group we are today if it weren’t for their generous support. Thanks Guys, You Rock!

November 2019 meeting

Gee, Steve, what chord is that you’re playing?

It was cozy in the Willow Room for our November meeting, with all 23 chairs occupied. Then there was Rich here, lounging on the floor.

Rich had a chair but preferred the floor. Funny guy.

Welcome to Brady Lyles, who brought some blues to the party.

Brady brings da blues

I think this month I’ll just let the pictures do most of the talking.

Gary got us started with his tenor ukulele.

Next month, we’ll be in the Cottonwood Room, and we have something special loosely planned. We’d like you all to bring a Christmas song or two, and if you’re willing, a plate of goodies. The Cottonwood Room has plenty of space and extra chairs, so we would also like for you to invite all your friends and family to join us for our holiday celebration.

Playlist for November 2019

Gary Krause covered a Mick Jagger/Keith Richards tune, ‘As Tears Go By’.

Ed Heffern, ‘Autumn Leaves’, by Johny Mercer

Ed posted the lyrics on the thermostat behind him. Glasses adjusted accordingly.

Edith Cook, ‘Se Yo M’Accorgo’, anonymous

Russ Williams, ‘Etude from Musique De Salon’ by Iznaola

Justin Johnson, ‘Love Like This’, Ben Rector

Justin’s stolen music on a borrowed music stand

Ernie Brazzale, ‘St. James Jump’, traditional

Rich Ryan, ‘Past the Point of Rescue’, Hal Ketchum

Keith Blaney, ‘Mystic Highway’, John Foggarty

Jeanie with fan club, Rick and Bob

Jeanie White, ‘In the Wind’, original

Rick Memmel, Jeanie White, and Keith Blaney, ‘Have You Ever Seen The Rain’, John Foggarty (CCR)

Marvin Frerich, our Peace Corp Troubadour

Marvin Frerich, ‘Jamaican Farewell’, traditional

Earl Janack, ‘An Unfinished Chord Progression in the Key of D’, original

Earl shocked us; we kept waiting for the singing to start!

Brady Lyles, ‘Blues In ‘A’, original

Steve Gilmore, ‘Gospel Plow’, traditional American Spiritual

Steve can play this in his sleep; this shot was taken just before he fell out of his chair. Didn’t stop playing though…

Remy Abeyta, ‘Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues’, Danny O’Keefe

Ken Frederick, ‘420?’, original

David Norby, ‘You Don’t Have to Cry’, Steven Stills (CSN)

David fighting bravely through the Pixie Dust affecting that side of the room.

Gary Krause, ‘Song Sung Blue’, Neil Diamond

Ed Heffern, ‘I’ll Never Find Another You’, the Seekers

Edith Cook and Russ Williams, ‘Autumn’, Alfonso Montes

‘Autumn’, well played by Edith and Russ

Justin Johnson, ‘Hey Ya/Heartless’, Andre 3000/Kanye West, arranged by Justin

Ernie Brazzale, ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’, George Gershwin

Oh, we’re watching all right, you betcha.

Jeanie White, ‘Welcome to My World’, Ray Winkler

Keith, Rick, and Jeanie, ‘Big Rock Candy Mountain’, Woodie Guthrie

One evening as the sun went down, Keith forgot the rest of the words.

Steve Gilmore, ‘Dorothy is Harlem Bound’, unknown

Remy Abeyta, ‘I Started a Joke’, the BeeGees

Remy making it look easy

Ken Frederick, ‘New Song (that) Needs More Practice, original/ author unknown…

Brady Lyles, ‘More Blues for You’s’, original

Earl Janack, ‘I Do It Because It Has To Be Done, Not Because You Don’t Do It’, original

Rich Ryan, ‘Time In a Bottle’, Jim Croce

Edith Cook, ‘Rondo, Frederic Noad

Also attending; Gary Gorny, Bill Bailey, Bob Fontaine, and Floyd Turner.

October 2019 meeting

The October meeting came up fast on the first. A baker’s dozen met in one of the lovely meeting rooms on the Plains Hotel mezzanine.

Skye with her bedazzled guitar. She is not this blurry in person…

Welcome to Skye Krahenbuhl and her highly decorated combat veteran (notice the Purple Bout), The Guitar. She just changed strings from clear to black and white to better match the decor of her six string. This girl can sing! and we all hope she’ll be joining us again soon.

Before the meeting, Skye was across the street at The Paramount, and was followed over by this Nashville resident, Effron White.

We’ve been EFFRON-ized!

Effron happened to be passing through town and decided to check us out. Effron played us a couple of his well crafted, engaging, original tunes. Let’s hope the weather held for him while he made his way to his next gig in Ogden. Happy trails, troubadour! And thanks for the guitar case sticker.

Steve gave us the skinny on the One World Prairie Music and Pie Flinging Contest , held at the library the end of September. Attendance was up and the competition was fierce. Our very own Mike Clark took 4th place in the Acoustic category, winning himself some season tickets for the Cheyenne Concert Association’s upcoming season.

Mike from two months ago. He has since grown his hair out like the rockstar he has become.

When Mike found out Tommy Emmanuel is slated for one of the shows, he was like a kid in a candy store. If memory serves, meeting Tommy is what started Mike playing in the first place. By the way, season tickets are only $60 for 4 shows; any ONE of the performances of the talented acts they have booked for this year is worth that alone!

Playlist October 2019

Keith Blaney started us out with Paul Simon’s ‘America’.

Russ Williams, ‘Barcarolle’, Frederic Chopin

Edith Cook, ‘Se Io M’accorgo’, by anonymous

Edith half way up the neck

Steve Gilmore, ‘Richmond’, by John Lowell

Ernie Brazzale, ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’, by George Gershwin

Earl Janack, ‘October’, by U2

Earl working his U-tune

David Norby, ‘Tell Me Why’, Lennon/McCartney

Skye Krahenbuhl, ‘Forgotten’, Katie Turner

Effron White, ‘My Heart Plays These Songs’, original

Keith Blaney, ‘Fifty Cents’, anonymous

Russ SANG one for us, always a treat. That’s Barb in the foreground, his voice coach.

Russ Williams, ‘What Will I Do?’, Irving Berlin

Effron White, ‘I Want It All’, original

Steve Gilmore, ‘Name of the Game is Stud’, Bill Peterson

Ernie and Bill sounding mighty fine together

Ernie Brazzale & Bill Bailey, ‘Hidden Blues’, Rick Dougherty

Earl Janack, ‘S2D2’, original. (read those 2’s as ‘squared’)

David Norby, ‘Oh Darling’, Lennon/McCartney

When you told me, you didn’t need me anymore

Skye Krahenbuhl, ‘Hotel California’, Eagles

also joining us were Barb Williams and Dr. Floyd Turner, who didn’t play this month.

The String Doctor hisself

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 rpapaleka@lclsonline.org 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