the crowd was so large that I had to drive around the building 3 times to find a parking spot. and inside the building was almost as full, too.
I had to take care of some personal business so I missed the entire first half of the show. I finally got there soon after the second half had began and found that once again, Dave and Jean Hightower had saved my life. Dave was taking pictures and Jean, bless her heart, had written down every song that had been played. They do so much, I can’t begin to tell them how much I appreciate their help.
After the band opened with the familiar Gordon Riley written theme, “Gordon’s Boogie #1″. Lead singer, Larry Dean followed with George Jones’ “Why Baby Why” and George strait’s “Baby write this down”. He continued wth Gene Watson’s “I don’t need a thing at all” in memory of a Great friend, Jay Holmgren who we lost last night. Jay will be sorely missed for a long time.
Our wonderful fiddle player, “Marvelous” Marvin Bredemeier then joined Larry by playing “Take me back to Tulsa” as Larry sang. After that, Marvin continued with “The waltz you saved for me”. Lead guitar player, Gordon Riley stepped up then to sing Johnny Cash’s “Bad News” and he performed another song that we failed to get the title of.
Our resident song writer, Garry Bichelmeyer stepped to the microphone next with”Is anybody goin’ to San Antone” followed with Moe Bandy’s “Too old to die young”.
Up to the microphone next was Gordon’ son, Mike Riley who was doing a fantastic job filling in on the bass in Mary Bichelmeyer’s absence. He began with Elton John’s ”Something about the way you look tonight”, Sinatra’s ”The summer wind”, Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” and finished with another Frank Sinatra hit titled, “That’s life”.
Larry returned then with an Asleep At The Wheel hit titled, “Miles and miles of Texas” followed with Randy Travis’ “Storms of life”.
Jerome Oberle was summoned to the microphone next to play “In heaven there is no beer” as Marvin joined in with his magic fiddle. Jerome followed with “I love you because” and “Beer barrel polka” before the outstanding baritone, Ron Fine came up to sing, “Mountain railroad”, “Build me a cabin in the corner of glory land” and finished with “I’d rather be in a deep, dark grave”.
Coming front and center next was the great Larry Smith, it’s been much too long since we saw him. He opened with Johnny Rodriguez’ “Pass me by if you’re only passing through”, Buck Owens’ hit, “Together again” and finishing with “The key is in the mailbox”
Songwriter Garry Bichelmeyer returned then to sing a popular song written by him titled “Northern star”, Brooks & Dunn’s “Boot scootin’ boogie” and the always popular “Kansas City”.
MIke Riley would return nest to sing ”The whiskey ain’t working any more” and Johnny Cash’s “Folsom prison” before Larry came back to sing Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B Goode” and the Ed Bruce hit, “My first taste of Texas”.
Garry summoned all the guests back to center stage to join in on “I saw the light” to close the show. The band closed out with “Gordon’s Boogie #2″
We hope you all join us again next Tuesday night back at the BK Lounge.
Watch here for the funeral arrangements for Jay Holmgren as soon as I hear them. We’re gonna miss you old friend.