With the familiar theme written by Lead Guitarist, GORDON RILEY, “Gordon’s Boogie #1″; the STRANGER CREEK BAND kicked off the show to a nearly full house. Our Lead Vocalist, LARRY DEAN quickly followed with the popular “Take Me Back To Tulsa” and followed it with Johnny Cash’s “Big River”. Our outstanding Steel Guitar and Dobro player, FRED UZELL fresh back from Washington D.C. for his Granddaughter’s first birthday had only his Dobro tonight. Said he was too tired to carry the Steel Guitar. That was fine with most of us present, I love that Dobro, and he was next playing “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain” and “Wabash Cannon Ball”.
Resident song-writer GARRY BICHELMEYER was next up with a couple of songs penned by himself. “Nodaway River” is always a popular selection and “I don’t Think I Could Take Losing You” is nearly as popular among our fans. GORDON RILEY followed with the instrumental “Buckaroo”.
Then, it was time for our 15-year old singing sensation, MAGGIE MARX. She started off with the beautiful “Faded Love” and a great upbeat number titled “I’ll Be There”. She finished with “Blue Moon of Kentucky”. As I write this blog, MAGGIE and the STRANGER CREEK BAND are at the 3 day Wahoo Music Festival in Wahoo Nebraska where our star is performing for the large crowd they always have up there.
GORDON RILEY returned then with the old Rock & Roll instrumental, “Honky Tonk”. JEROME OBERLE was summoned to the microphone then with his all-button accordion to close the first half with “Pennsylvania Polka” and “Wooden Heart”.
“Marvelous” MARVIN BREDEMEYER opened the second half with his amazing fiddle playing “Rubber Dolly”. I found out during the intermission that MARVIN has been invited to become a member of the IOWA FIDDLE PLAYERS HALL OF FAME. Congratulations to MARVIN for that honor.
LARRY DEAN returned then with a new song called “Deal” followed with “Dixie Land”. One of our regular fans, JUDY ENGLE and a friend that I failed to get her name came to the microphone to sing “Your Cheatin’ Heart” and “Since You’re Gone”. It was time for FRED UZELL to return with “Red Wing” before MARY BICHELMEYER sang “I Can’t Help It If I’m Still In Love With You” and “Blue Kentucky Girl”.
“Marvelous MARVIN BREDEMEIER returned then with “The Missouri Waltz”. Special guest Annie Little was called to the front then where she sang “That’s How Much I Love You” and “Somewhere Between” before being joined by Jay Holmgren for a duet presentation of “I Saw The Light”.
GARRY BICHELMEYER returned with “Marie” and Some Broken Hearts Never Mend” and finishing with “Margaritaville” before JEROME OBERLE returned to close the show with “It Is No Secret”.
REMEMBER – THERE WILL NOT BE A GRINTER BARN JAMBOREE THIS THURSDAY, JUNE 21. SEE YOU BACK THERE ON THURSDAY, JULY 19. WE HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL BACK AT THE BK LOUNGE AGAIN NEXT TUESDAY!