Services set for Jay Holmgren:

Below are the arrangements for Jay:

The  visitation is Thurs. 5-7:00 pm –  Service is Fri. 11:00 am at Porters Funeral Home about  20th Minnesota Ave.,

Kansas City, KS.  On the south side of the  street on the corner.  

God Bless…….Annie

Jay’s son’s address is :  Jim & Lori Holmgren

19747   199th Street

Tonganoxie, KS   66086

Annie’s address is:         8008 Greeley Avenue

Kansas City KS  66109

Home:   913-299-3495

When I arrived during intermission

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.


annie & Jayquietly passed away last evening surrounded by his loved ones

Jay was a great friend of the Stranger Creek Band and all Country Music in the Kansas City area.  Until fairly recently he was an enthusiastic dancer at the BK Lounge and many other venues in the area.

I will post arrangements as soon as I receive them.

Rest in peace, Jay!  We will miss you always!

Finally had the whole band back

together after a long time.

As usual, the band kicked the festivities off with the Gordon Riley written theme, “Gordon’s Boogie #1″followed by Larry Dean singing, “Hiway 40 Blues”, a new line dance titled, “Everytime I Roll the Dice”.  It was time then for “Marvelous” Marvin Bredemeier and his fiddle playing, “Down Yonder” and “I Love You So Much it Hurts”.

Garry followed singing a new song, “How many fools would have you”, “On the other hand” Don William’s “Imagine That”.  It was good to see Mary Bichelmeyer back from an extended vacation singing Jeanne Pruett’s “Satin Sheets”

Gordon Riley followed singing his self authored, “Taxes” and the instrumental recorded by the late, great Chet Atkins, “Yakety Yak”.

Jerome Oberle was summoned to the stage with his all-button accordion playing, “Just Because” and “Wooden Heart”.

Next to the microphone was our friend, Melissa Petropoulis.  It has been much too long since we saw her.  She and daughter Sara put on a fine performance singing, “It’s a sin to tell a lie”,  “Who’s Cheatin’ Who” and closed the first half with “Burning Bridges”.

Larry Dean opened the second half with, Alan Jackson’s “Designated drinker” for the line dancers followed with “Storms of life” and “John Henry” with some vocal help from Gordon.  Marvin followed poaying “The Maiden’s Prayer”.

Mary and Garry came front and center then for the always popular duet, “Black Coffee”.  Mary continued at the microphone singing, “Don’t tell me what to do”.

Gordon returned with Willie Nelson’s, “Ain’t it funny how time slips away” and he continued with Bill Justis’ hit “Honky Tonk” for the line dancers.  Garry returned again to sing “The River” and a new song he is in the process of writing called, “The Way I Feel Without You” and he finished with Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary”.

Jerome was called back to the microphone to play “In Heaven There is no Beer” and a couple of additional songs that I failed to get the name of.

Melissa PetropoulisMelissa Petropoulis was summoned back to the front and sang George Morgan’s “Candy Kisses” and “Wayfaring Stranger”.  Great job Melissa, we hope to see you again soon!

The band finished the show with the usual “Gordon’s Boogie #2″.

We hope to see you all at the Grinter Barn Jamboree this coming Thursday night at 6:30 PM.  Beginning this month the admission will be $5.00 per person and you either purchase food from the snackbar or bring your own “brownbag lunch” and eat it there.

Of course the Stranger Creek Band will return to the BK Lounge next Tuesday evening. See you there.

A large crowd was on hand again

as the Stranger Creek Band opened the weekly show at the BK Lounge.

As usual they opened with the Gordon Riley written, “Gordon’s Boogie #1″.  Larry Dean was up first with Merle Haggard’s “Great Afternoon”.  Marvin Bredemeier and his fiddle followed with “Silver Bells”.  Larry Dean came back with “The Tennessee Waltz” and followed it with “Write This Down” for the line dancers.

Our resident song-writer, Garry Bichelmeyer stepped to the microphone with Randy Travis’ “On The Other Hand” and John Prine’s “Souveniers”.

Gordon Riley followed singing ”Nine Pound Hammer” and followed it with “Ain’t it funny how time slips away”.  His son, Mike Riley came to the microphone next with Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison” and Travis Tritt’s “Here’s a quarter call someone who cares”.

Our great special guest baritone, Ron Fine was called on to close the first half singing “Together Again” and ”Storms Never Last”.

Larry Dean opened the second half with “Winchester Cathedral” and  “I’m a little rough around the edges”.

Jerome Oberle was summoned then to accompany Larry with his all-button accordion singing  “Danny Boy” and he continued playing “I Love You Truly” and “The pennsylvania Polka”.  Marvin came back to play “The Irish Washer Woman” and “Tura Lura Lural” and yes, I did have to look up the spelling on that song.

Garry returned to the microphone to sing his “Northern Star” and a new song he has been working on called “Without You”.  He followed them with a very popular song written by him some time ago called, “Marie”.

Mike Riley stepped up next to sing Elvis’ “Love Me Tender” before Larry returned once again singing another Elvis song titled “Trying to get to you”.  Marvin returned to play one for the line dancers, “Milk Cow Blues” is always popular and he followed it with a vocal rendition of “I wonder where you are tonight”.

Gordon came back to the microphone to sing Merle Haggard’s “Big City”, when he had finished Larry called Ron and Jerome back to the stage where the band played back up for the big voice of our favorite baritone singing “Lord Build Me a Cabin (in the corner of Glory Land)”

Larry Dean closed the show singing Ed Bruce’s  ”My First Taste of Texas”.

We hope everyone joins us again next Tuesday back at the BK Lounge for another great show.

A week from Thursday, March 21 will be our monthly Grinter Barn Jamboree.  We urge all of our fans to attend this great show where Ron Fine is scheduled to be our special guest.  Admission will be only $5.00 and you will be able to purchase snack foods at the snackbar.


I just received information from Lou about the menu at the Grinter barn Jamboree this month.  The admission will be only  $5.00 for the show

They will have:

Hot Dogs — $1.00 ea.

Popcorn —  $  .5o bag

Pop         —  $  .75 can

Chips     — $   .50 bag

They will occasionally offer special items but not every month.

You can also bring your own brown bag lunch if you wish.

This is an experiment so they will be listening for your comments.

We had nearly a full house

at the American Legion hall at 7:00 PM when the Stranger Creek Band kicked off the dance with the familiar theme song, “Gordon’s Boogie #1″  written by our outstanding lead guitar player, Mr. Gordon Riley.  Once again, on the bass guitar was Bill Maxwell filling in for the still vacationing Mary Bichelmeyer.  Garry reports she is in Kentucky visiting family and will return on March 28.  It will be great to see her again.

Lead singer, Larry Dean began with “They Call Me a Playboy” followed with a requested Willie Nelson song, “Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain”.  He continued with “Save the Last Dance for Me” and “I Wanna Dance with You”.  He finished with Ronnie Milsap’s “Houston Solution” before Garry Bichelmeyer stepped up with Waylon’s “Luchenbach Texas” followed with Freddie Fender’s “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” and “The River”.

Maggie MarxNext to be called up was our Main Attraction for the evening.  “Marvelous” Maggie Marx began with the beautiful “Blue” then Elvis Presley’s “Don’t Be Cruel”  and closing with “Young Love”.

Our outstanding fiddle player, Marvin Bredemeier followed her with an outstanding fiddle number that I did not know the name of and failed to get it from Marvin later.  Larry Dean returned with Alan Jackson’s “Designated Drinker” and Brooks & Dunn’s, “Neon Moon” followed by Garry to close the first set with the Randy Travis hit, “On the Other Hand”.

Larry Dean opened the second set with a song recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis and many others titled, “One Has my Name” followed with George Strait’s “All My Exes Live in Texas” and Asleep At The Wheel’s “Miles and Miles of Texas”.

It was time then for Maggie to be summoned back with “Cleopatra”, a great version of “Faded Love” and “Except for Monday”.

Garry stepped up with the always popular line dance number, “Kansas City” and a new, fun “Red Solo Cup” followed by Marvin and his fiddle with “The Waltz You Saved for Me” Garry returned with Billy Currington’s “People are Crazy”.  Larry Dean stepped up then to close the set with Randy Travis’ “Storms of Life”

During the break, Maggie came up with a new solo number titled “Pontoon” by Little Big Town.  Great job Maggie!

Larry Dean opened the third set with Elvis’s “Whole Lotta Shakin Goin’ on”, “For the Good Times” and “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone”.  Our resident song-writer, Garry Bichelmeyer came up then with his self-authored “Nodaway River” and a requested “Northern Star”.

Larry returned with Vince Gill’s “Look at Us” followed by Marvin playing a portion of Charlie Daniels’ “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”.

Maggie was up next with the Dixie Chicks’ “Without You”, “I Wanna Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart” and Wynona’s “Grandpa” followed by Larry Dean with “Candy Man” and Marvin playing “Rubber Dolly”.  Next to the microphone was Gordon Riley playing an instrumental he wrote titled “String Bender” and Marvin returned with a rousing “Cotton Eyed Joe” to close the set.

Maggie came up during this intermission to perform Patty Griffin’s “Up To the Mountain”

Larry Dean opened the last set with “Better Off with the Blues”, Elvis’ “Love Me Tender” and Conway Twitty’s I Don’t Know a Thing About Love”.  Garry stepped to the microphone with “In the Jailhouse Now” and the band played a lively “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” featuring Garry on his banjo. Larry returned one last time with “Goodnight Sweetheart” and the band closed the show with their closing theme, Gordon Riley’s “Gordojn’s Boogie #2″.

We enjoyed a great crowd all evening and hope that everyone enjoyed our efforts to entertain you all.  Please mark your calendars and make plans to come back again on April 13 when we return to the American Legion for another evening of fun and dancing.

We will look forward to seeing everyone this Tuesday and every Tuesday at 6:30PM for  our weekly show at the BK Lounge located in the Burger King near 95th & Quivira in Lenexa Kansas.