July 2021 meeting

Our group on the 6th of July was about as small as it gets, only 5 people. This is not unusual in the summertime, after a holiday. It was a very relaxed, most pleasant evening in the library’s Cottonwood Room. We talked about the origins of songs, songwriters and instruments we have known, and members that have recently shucked their mortal coils. We even managed to play a few songs.

Stunning work with his own backing tracks, it’s always a joy to have Remy join us.

We haven’t seen Remy in awhile, welcome back! Remy is the very definition of a musician: $4000 worth of gear in a $500 car, driving 100 miles for a $50 gig. Well, only some of that’s true; his car’s a little nicer and we don’t pay bupkis, but you get the idea.

Rick brought a lovely little Guild guitar, I don’t know if it was a parlor or a 000 or what, but it played smooth and had a big voice. To give it a chance to sing, we cooked up a group song, Johny on the spot, the Eagles ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’. It took about two minutes to go through the chords, and we were off and running. We may have repeated the lyrics a time or two, but none of the drunks at the bar even noticed. They rarely do.

Short notice, but Steve’s band ‘High Plains Tradition’ will be playing tomorrow, July 16th, from 1-3pm at the Chugwater Bluegrass Festival. If you’ve never seen them, try to go. They are a world class group and it’s really fun to watch them work that single microphone.

This is Steve. He’s much taller when he’s standing up. If you go to Chugwater, look for a tall guy.

Playlist for July 2021

Remy Abeyta, ‘I Still Write Your Name In The Snow’, Chet Atkins.

Keith Blaney, ‘I’m An Old Cowhand’, Irving Berlin.

Steve Gilmore, ‘Doc’s Guitar’, Doc Watson.

Rich Ryan, ‘I Feel Fine’, Lennon/McCartney.

Rich got fuzzier as the evening wore on.

Remy, ‘God Bless America’, Erving Berlin.

Keith, ‘Cowboy’s Lament’, original.

Steve, ‘The Little Children’s Song’, Howard Parker.

Rich, ‘Long Haired Country Boy’, Charlie Daniels.

Rick Memmel (group song) ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’, The Eagles.

If videos are added it’s thanks to the efforts of Rick.

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

Keith, ‘Crazy Love’, Van Morrison.

Steve, ‘Stars and Stripes Forever’, John Phillip Sousa.

Rich, ‘Friends in Low Places’, Garth Brooks.

Remy, ‘Stardust’, Hoagie Carmichael.

Remember, Chugwater Music Festival July 16-17!!!