BK Lounge June 19

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!

BK Lounge

As soon as the STRANGER CREEK BAND kicked off the show with GORDON RILEY’S  “Gordon’s Boogie #1″ LARRY DEAN jumped right in with an old Hank Williams hit titled “Lovesick Blues” and followed it with “Miles and Miles of Texas”.  FRED UZELL cranked up the Steel Guitar while GORDON RILEY sang “Ride In My Little Red Wagon” and FRED continued with “Oklahoma Hills Where I Was Born”.

LARRY DEAN returned to sing “The Last Cowboy Song” before MARVIN BREDEMEIER brought his amazing fiddle out for “Beaumont Rag”.  Our singing Bass player, MARY BICHELMEYER stepped up next to sing “I Can’t Help It If I’m Still In Love With You” and followed it with “Crazy Dreams”. Mary’s husband, GARRY BICHELMEYER followed with the popular “Kansas City” and “Act Naturally”.  Next was GORDON RILEY’S turn at the microphone singing “Holding Things Together” before JEROME OBERLE was invited to bring his all-button accordion up to play, “Beer Barrel Polka” and “Bicycle Built For Two” before closing the first half with the beautiful “Harbor Lights”.

LARRY DEAN opened the second half with George strait’s “The Fireman” and a line dance, “Two of a Kind” and finishing with “Something Special to Me”.  FRED returned to play “I always Get Lucky With You”.

Our resident song writer GARRY BICHELMEYER came up to sing his popular “Northern Star” and the always popular “Dead Horse Song” followed by The old “Goodnight Irene” and finishing with “Green, Green Grass of Home”.  GORDON RILEY then sang “Nine Pound Hammer”.  Special guest, ANNIE LITTLE  was called on to sing “I Must Have Been Out of My Mind” and “That’s How Much I Love You”.  GORDON RILEY returned to play the old Rock & Roll “Honky Tonk” before LARRY closed the show with “A Shanty in Old Shanty Town”.

IN CASE ANY OF YOU HAVEN’T HEARD – THE GRINTER BARN JAMBOREE SCHEDULED JUNE 21 HAS BEEN CANCELED.  WE WILL RETURN ON THURSDAY, JULY19.  SEE YOU THEN. L JOIN ME IN EXTENDING OUR SINCEREST SYMPATHY TO BARB KELTNER AND HER FAMILY FOR THE RECENT LOSS OF OUR FRIEND LAURENCE.

DeSoto Opry

Those of you who were not in attendance at the Desoto Opry Saturday night missed a whale of a country music show.   I understand we had nearly 400 people attending.

We had astonishing guests to lead the way. Pretty 15-year old singing sensation, Maggie Marx amazed the audience with the great range of her strong voice.  Be sure to remember this young lady’s name because I predict you are going to hear from her for a long time.  Maggie is also the current National All American Miss Junior Teen.

Judy Coder is also an amazing singer I believe she can sing any kind of song that she wants to.  She is a Championship yodeler among her other talents.  In my opinion, she would be welcome back as a guest any time.

Also helping with the singing chores was a marvelous singer who is also a member of the DeSoto United Methodist Church.  Ladonna Schmidt with The Stranger Creek Band consisting of Garry and Mary Bichelmeyer, John Malone, Gordon Riley, Marvin Bredemeyer and Larry Dean Inman plus special guest Steel Guitar and Dobro player, Fred Uzell were all outstanding.

The Opry is a fund raiser for the DeSoto United Methodist Church and the ladies of the served a delicious assortment of hot dogs and the finest assortment of pies around to begin the evening. Discussions are already under way about the next Opry either this fall or next spring.  I vote for this fall; the two previous opry’s have

Click on the “Pictures” Button at the top of the page to see photos from the opry show.