Tuesday night and another great show

at the BK Lounge as the band kicked the show off with the usual Gordon Riley authored, “Gordon’s Boogie #1″.   Lead singer Larry Dean followed quickly with “Deep Water”,  “I’ll Sail My Ship Alone” and “Goin’ Where The Lonely Go”.  Fred Uzzell and his amazing Dobro were next playing, “Blue Spanish Eyes” followed with “Peg O’ My Heart”

Mary Bichelmeyer, our singing bass player was up next with a song made famous by the late Patty Page, “The Tennessee Waltz” and “Bill Bailey’ with husband Garry accompanying on the banjo.  “Marvelous” Marvin Bredemeier and his magic fiddle were up next playing the beautiful “Waltz You Saved for Me”and the “McAddies Waltz”.

Outstanding Lead Guitar Player, Gordon Riley came to the microphone then with “If I Ever Need A Lady I’ll Call You” and a great instrumental called, “Back Home In Indiana”  Our resident song writer, Garry Bichelmeyer came up next with the always popular, “Kansas City” to the delight of our line dancers and followed with a song written by John Prine called “Souveniers” to close the first half.

Pat Uzzell opened the second half playing the bass for Mary while she mingled with the guests.

Larry Dean opened the second half singing Moe Bandy’s “Bandy The Rodeo Clown” and “Write This Down”, finishing with Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode”

It was at this point that Mary returned to the bass in time to accompany the outstanding Fred Uzzell and his beautiful Dobro playing “Red Wing”.  “Marvelous” Marvin came up again with, “The Waltz You Saved for Me” and “McAddie’s Waltz”

We were joined by Darrel  Phillips playing bass for Mary then.

Larry Dean came back with “The Fireball Mail” before Marvin returned again with “I Wonder Where You Are Tonight”  Mary returned to the bass then as Garry stepped up with Vince Gill’s “Nobody Answered When I called Your Name” and a song written by him called “Marie”.  He finished then with a new song he is in the process of writing called, “Nothing Ever Stays the Same”.

Gordon Riley returned with his own “Stringbender”, a guitar instrumental that is steadily growing in popularity.  Mary returned with Patsy Cline’s “Walkin’ After Midnight” and husband Garry came back with, “Have You Ever Seen The Rain”

Larry followed with “Why You Been Gone So Long”.  Garry came back with a gospel, “I’ll be waiting on the far side banks of Jordan” to close another good show.

We had a great group tonight and hope to see everyone again next Tuesday at the BK Lounge located in the Burger King just north of 95th and Quivira in Lenexa, Kansas.

Everyone stay healthy and safe til we see you again.

Great crowd in spite of very cold weather

at the BK Lounge tonight.

First of all, let me extend our sincerest sympathies to our great and loyal fans, Bob and Gladys Kempen on the death of their daughter-in-law, Minday Kempen.  Minday was just 52 years old.  Services will be tomorrow; visitation from 1:00 til 3:00 and the funeral will follow at 3:30 PM.  Services will be at Heartland Community Church; 12175 So. Strangline Rd in Olathe.  You can also send sympathy cards to Bob and Gladys At 720 So. 77 Terr in Kansas City KS  66111.

Also, please remember Jay Holmgren in your thoughts and prayers, Jay has a hard road ahead.

The band opened the show with Larry Dean singing “Friend in California” and “Corinna, Corinna” before Mary Bichelmeyer stepped up to sing “The Tennessee Waltz”.  Gordon Riley took over the microphone then with “Won’t You Ride In My Little Red Wagon” and Larry Dean returned with “Cold, Cold War With You”.

Garry Bichelmeyer followed with, “I Sang Dixie” and “Anybody Goin’ To San Antone” he then came back with “Kansas City” for the line dancers.  Mary returned with “I Can’t Help It If I’m Still In Love With You”.  Gordon was up next singing “Holding Things Together”.  After that, I had some problems with the computer and lost some happenings.  I know that Gordon also sang “Pickin’ My Finger To The Bone” and Larry sang Moe Bandy’s “Bandy The Rodeo Clown” Before breaking for the intermission.

MarvinBredemeyer opened the second half with an old fiddle tune called “Rubber Dolly”.

Melissa PetropoulisNext up was a remarkable singer that we had not seen for too long, Melissa Petropoulis (above), sang Ray Price’s “I’ll Be There” followed with Barbara Fairchild’s “The Teddy Bear Song” and finished with Bob Will’s, “Sugar Cane Time”.

The amazing Ron Fine was summoned next to sing David Houston’s “Almost Persuaded”, Willie Nelson’s  ”Remember Me” and Hank Williams’ ”Half As Much”.

It was time then for Larry Dean singing, “Set ‘Em Up Joe”.

Fred Uzzell and his beautiful Dobro came up then playing “Peg O’ My Heart” and Garry stepped up next with Billy Currington’s “People Are Crazy”.  He continued with a new song called that I failed to get the name of but he will be performing it again soon and I will get the name.  Gordon stepped up next to play his own song that is steadily gaining popularity, ”Stringbender” always draws a good response.

Marvin returned again with his magic fiddle playing “The Waltz You Saved For Me”  and Larry came back with “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” for the line dancers.

Melissa was called back to the stage then to sing Hank Williams’ “Your Cheatin’ Heart” and follow it with Guy Mitchell’s “Singing The Blues”

Larry closed the show with George Strait’s “Love Without End”

We hope to see you all next Tuesday at the BK Lounge for another good show.

Don’t forget to make plans to attend our monthly dance at the American Legion at the hall located at 7500 West 75th Street in Overland Park on February 9.

We are back at the Grinter Barn

after a 3 months absence over the Holidays.  The ladies of The Friends of Grinter did their usual fine job of cooking a delicious Taco Casserole for everyone to enjoy before the show began.

Larry Dean was absent because Rosie fell ill this afternoon.  Larry stayed home with her because she was pretty sick.  We wish for a speedy recovery for her.  We didn’t have enough time to get a singer to replace Larry so the rest of the band had to take up the slack and the result was a great show.

As usual, the band kicked off the show with the Gordon Riley authored theme song, “Gordon’s Boogie #1″.  Gordon followed quickly with an Elvis tune, ”That’s Alright, Mamma” and Garry followed with another Elvis hit titled  “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Rose of San Antone”.

We had a request then for Gordon  to sing “Waltz across Texas” and Mary followed with Jeanne Pruett’s”Satin Sheets”.  Garry came back with his own,”Northern Star”.   For the line dancers, Gordon played an old Bill Doggett favorite called ‘Honky Tonk”.  Garry returned again to sing a couple of his own songs titled “Northern Star” and “Marie”.

Marvin came up then to sing the old favorite, “Goodnight Irene” before Gordon came back to sing “Drinkin Champagne” and “Rednecks, White Sox and Blue Ribbon Beer”.  Marvin stepped up then to play the rousing “Regtime Annie” and Jay Holmgren got up to make a few square dance calls.  It is so good to see Jay up and around now,  Garry stepped up to close the first half with “Stand By Me”.

Gordon opened the second half with a vocal “Bad News” before Marvin sang Hank Penney’s old hit “Won’t You Ride In My Little Red Wagon”.  Garry came to the microphone then to sing his own “Losing You” before Mary came center stage to sing the old Kitty Wells hit, “Honky Tonk Angel”.  Gordon treated us to “Nine Pound Hammer” then.

We had a nice surprise then when Jay Holmgren’s little 7 year old grandson, Cole Holmgren came up and asked if he could sing “You Are My Sunshine”.  Of course the band said “OK” and the little guy did an amazing performance for a greatful audience.

Then, we got another rare treat as Annie Little came to the microphone to sing “I Love You Honey”, “Could I Have This Dance” as Jay and his daughter took a swing around the floor.  She finished then with her favorite Garry Bichelmeyer authored song, “I Must Have Been Out Of My Mind”.  Garry returned again with “Kansas City” for the line dancers and an often requested “The Rebel Soldier”.  Then Gordon took over playing “South” and Mary came up with Patsy Cline’s hit “Crazy Dreams”.  Marvin came back to play “The Jersey Bounce” and sing George Morgan’s “Candy Kisses” before Gordon came back to close the show with his self written “Stringbender”.  How many of you know that our opening theme song is Gordon’s “Gordon’s Boogie #1″ and the closing theme is titled “Gordon’s Boogie #2″ also written By Gordon Riley?

We will be looking for everyone at the BK Lounge on Tuesday night, it is a good show.

Don’t forget the dance at the American Legion at 7500 West 75th Street in Overland Park with our Special Guest, Larry Smith filling in for Larry Dean.

A couple of Special Announcements

The Friends of Grinter, after a lot of discussion has decided some changes are needed due to the current economic situation.  The current $8.00 for admission and meal has quickly become a losing situation.  In order to avoid raising the admission price the following changes will be made.

Beginning with the show on March 21, 2013; admission at the door will be $5.00 for the music with no meal being served.  The Grinter friends will have a snackbar available where you can purchase chips, pop, candy bars, popcorn, and nachos or hot dogs.  Or, if you desire you are welcome to bring your own brown bag from home or the local McDonalds or where ever else you want.

Also, we want to remind all of our friends that on Sunday, March 3 there will be a 50th anniversary Patsy Cline show.  This will be exactly 50 years to the day that Patsy and others put on the benefit show in Kansas City for the family of local DJ Cactus Jack Call who had been fatally injured in an automobile accident.  Two days later, Patsy Cline; along with 2 other Nashville stars, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins lost their lives in a plane crash while returning to Nashville from Kansas City.

This should be a great show with local musicians; Fred Uzzell, Jim Winters, Kevin Jones, Chasity Jones (recreating Patsy’s last performance) along with other entertainers.  I understand they have possession of a play list for that show and will sing the same songs performed that night.

The show will be at:

George Meyn Center

126th & State Ave

Bonner Springs KS

(Inside Wy Co Park)

Doors will open at Noon with music from 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Advance tickets – $15.00 ——- At the door – $20.00

913-638 – 8589




We had Arnie Johnson

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Larry Dean was absent tonight so our good friend, the talented Arnie Johnson filled in for him.  It is always a pleasure to see him.

As usual, Gordon Riley and the band opened the show with Gordon’s “Gordon’s Boogie #1″.   Arnie jumped right in with ”All My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers”  and followed with “Crazy Arms”, “I Had A Beautiful Time”, and a beautiful solo by Fred Uzzell titled “Panhandle Rag” and Hank Williams’ “There’s A Tear In My Beer”.  Arnie followed Fred with ” I Never Go Around Mirrors” and “You Get A Line, I’ll Get a Pole”.

It was Marvin Bredemeier’s turn then with the favorite “Jersey Bounce” and “Milk Cow Blues”.  Arnie returned with “Old Flames Can’t hold A Candle to You”, what a terrific entertainer Arnie is!

Mary Bichelmeyer was up next with Hank Williams’ hit “Your Cheatin’ Heart” and “Don’t Tell Me What To  Do”.  Husband, Garry Bichelmeyer followed with “Kansas City” to fill the dance floor with line dancers and followed it with “Some Broken Hearts Never Mend”.

Gordon Riley was next with his own, “Stringbender” to close the first half.

Through my own ineptitude and not used to working with the lap top to write this on site, I lost about half of the second half of our show.  My apologies.

Our friend, baritone Ron Fine did his usual amazing job of singing about four songs that were among the ones I lost.  I did get his rendition of “I Love You Because”.  My apologies to Ron, he is a great performer.

Arnie came to the microphone next singing George Strait’s “Boot Scootin’ Boogie”.

Jerome Oberle was summoned to the microphone next with his all-button accordion to play, “Beer Barrel Polka”,  “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” and he finished with the beautiful “Harbor Lights”.

Arnie would return again singing “City Lights”, “I’ll Go Back To Her”.  Marvin returned with a request for a hot fiddle tune and played “Rubber Dolly”.

Arnie come back see us soon and often.

We had a near capacity crowd tonight, it is always a great pleasure to see so many fans having so much fun.  Thanks to Lee Baldwin for playing bass the second half.

We had a lot of regular fans that we hadn’t seen for some time and a lot of faces that I had never seen before.  We certainly hope they all continue to come back for every show.

We will look for everyone on Thursday at the Grinter Barn located at 78 & K-32 in Kansas City KS.  We will be playing 50′s & 60′s Rock & Roll music for your entertainment and dancing pleasure.


Much bigger crowd than expected

showed up at the monthly dance at the American Legion on Saturday night.  With so much flu and the forecast for winter weather, we really expected everyone to stay home but sometimes we forget how hardy our fans really are.  We opened the show with a nice crowd on hand.

As usual, the band kicked the festivities off playing the theme song written by lead guitar player, Gordon Riley and titled, “Gordon’s Boogie #1.  Lead singer, Larry Dean jumped right in with George Strait’s “Designated Drinker”, John Anderson’s “Swingin” Elvis’ “Whole Lotta Shakin” and finishing with”I’m Still Crazy”.

Our resident song-writer, Garry Bichelmeyer took his turn next with the always popular, “Kansas City”, Freddie Fender’s “Before The Next Teardrop Falls” and “Stand By Me”.  Larry Dean returned then to sing “Baby write this down” by George Strait, Elvis’ “Love Me” and “Neon Moon”.

“Marvelous” Marvin Bredemeier brought his magic fiddle to the microphone next to play “Panhandle Rag” before our singing bass player, Mary Bichelmeyer stepped up to sing the beautiful “Tennessee Waltz” and Jeanne Pruett’s “Satin Sheets”.  Larry Dean returned with Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison” and closed the first set with “I’m Going To California”.

Larry Dean opened the second set with Chuck Berry’s “Cest’ Le Vie” and “I Left Something Turned on at Home”.  Garry returned then with his own “Losing You” followed with “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone” before Larry returned again to sing “Let’s Fall To Pieces Together”.  It was time then for our singing lead guitar player, Gordon Riley to come to the microphone to sing “Truck Drivin’ Man”.

Mary stepped to the microphone then with Patsy Cline’s “Walkin’ After midnight”.  Marvin was next with “Milk Cow Blues” and Larry closed the set with “For The Goodtimes”.

Marvin opened the third set by answering a request for a waltz with “Westphalia Waltz” before Larry came up with “Since I Met You Baby”.  Garry stepped up then with a song to honor the recently deceased Tim “Buck” Bucklin.  Buck was the manager of the club room at the American Legion before being overcome with cancer.  Garry chose to sing “Now and Then”.  He followed that by answering a request for one of his popular songs titled “The Dead Horse Song”.  Gordon came back up then singing “Drinkin’ Champagne”.  Larry had a request for a line dance and sang “Boot Scootin Boogie” for the line dancers.

Then it was time to present the highlight of our show as 15-year old singing sensation, Maggie Marx came to our microphone.

She opened singing and yodeling “I Wanna Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart”, “Faded Love” a rousing version of “Blue Moon of Kentucky” and the lovely “Blue” before another break.

Larry opened the final set with Chuck Berry’s “Memphis” when Garry got out his banjo and he and the band played “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” before calling Maggie back to the stage.

Her version of Wynona Judd’s “Grandpa” is always a crowd favorite.  Next was “Cleopatra”, “Ain’t No Chains” and “Broken Wing”.  This pretty young lady has it all, we all know she is a fantastic singer, she is also an accomplished actress having appeared in several stage shows and plays around the area.  She is an honor roll student at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School.  From November, 2011 until November 2012 she was the reigning “Miss National American Teen” (I think that title is correct).  In addition to all of that, she has a GREAT personality.

Larry returned again with “Boney Maroney” before Maggie was called back to close the evenings festivities with “How Great Thou Art”

We hope to see everyone at the BK Lounge on Tuesday and at the Grinter Barn Jamboree for our 50′s & 60′s show on Thursday evening.

Don’t forget that we will be back here at the American Legion for a dance on Saturday, February9, 2013.

A good crowd for our return

to the BK Lounge after a three week absence for the Holidays.  The audience seemed happy to be back after the break.

It was really great to see some old friends who have been absent for too long.  Annie Little was back after a long absence due to a fall after undergoing surgery.  Jay Holmgren is recovering well after some heart problems.  Jean Hawkins stopped in to visit and enjoy the music after being absent for much too long.  Welcome back to them and anyone else who has been gone for awhile and I may have missed.

As usual, Gordon Riley and the Stranger Creek Band kicked off the show with our familiar theme written by Gordon  titled “Gordon’s Boogie #1″.  As soon as the theme was finished, Larry Dean jumped in with an Asleep At The Wheel hit called “Miles and Miles of Texas”.  “Marvelous” Marvin Bredemeier came to the microphone to play a song especially for Annie Little and for Jean Hawkins in memory of her late husband, Roger Hawkins.  The song Marvin played was a great fiddle song named “Ragtime Annie”.

Marvin continued at the microphone playing Elvis’ “Danny Boy” with Larry joining in on the vocals.  Lead Guitar player, Gordon Riley stepped up  next with a vocal, “Has Anybody Here Seen Sweet Thing” then our singing bass player, Mary Bichelmeyer stepped front and center with the Hank Williams hit, “Your Cheatin’ Heart” and followed it with “There He Goes”.

Her husband, Garry followed with “A Man of Constant Sorrow”, “The Old  Home Place” and the always popular “Kansas City” for the line dancers.

Our first special guest of the evening, Jerome Oberle was summoned to the microphone with his all-button accordion to lead off by playing “The Beer Barrel Polka” then the “Kentucky Waltz” to close the first half.

Larry Dean opened the second half with Merle Haggard’s “Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star” and Marvin answered a request playing “The Eighth of January”

Our second guest for the evening was called on then, Ron Fine came up to entertain us with his fantastic Baritone voice singing Elvis’ “A Fool Such As I” followed with “Storms Never Last” by Waylon Jennings finishing with Hank Williams’ “Lord Build Me A Cabin”.

Then, it was time to be treated by a duet from Annie Little and Jay Holmgren singing “I Saw The Light” after which Annie continued with a song she sings a lot and was written by our own Garry Bichelmeyer, “I Must Have Been Out Of My Mind”.

Garry returned to the microphone then to sing Billy Currington’s “People Are Crazy” before wife Mary returned to the microphone with Pam Tillis’ “Don’t Tell Me What To Do”.

Larry came back again with a line dance called “Boot Scootin’ Boogie”, Elvis’ “Treat Me Like A Fool” and the great Chuck Berry hit, “Johnny B. Goode”.  Garry came back again to sing his self authored “Marie”.   Then, it was time for Gordon to bring his fabulous guitar to the microphone to play his own, “Stringbender”.

Marvin came back again to play a special request from Annie Little to hear “The Waltz You Saved For Me” with help from Jerome Oberle and his accordion,  Then Jerome and Larry Dean teamed up on Willie Nelson’s ”Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain” before Jerome played the “Pennsylvania Polka”

As usual, Gordon and the band closed the show with the closing theme that I doubt most people know is named “Gordon’s Boogie #2″.

Everyone be sure to join us Saturday night and the second Saturday of each month for good music and dancing at the American Legion at 7500 West 75th in Overland Park.  Bring your own snacks and the admission is only $5 per person.