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.