Nearly a Full House at the BK Lounge

as we opened the show tonight.  As usual, the Stranger Creek Band began with the Gordon Riley theme, “Gordon’s Boogie #`1″.

Lead singer, Larry Dean quickly stepped to the microphone with a tribute to the late George Jones who passed away earlier this week.  His first selection was “White Lightening”, “Love Bug”, “The Door” and “You Never Know How Good You Got It”.

Then it was time for our resident song-writer, Garry Bichelmeyer, singing”Choices”, his own “Nodaway River” and for the line dancers, “Kansas City”.

Garry’s wife, our singing bass player, Mary Bichelmeyer has returned from Kentucky and hopefully able to stay home for the time being.  She stepped front and center with Hank Wiliams’ “Your Cheating Heart” and Barbara Fairchild’s “Wish I Was A Teddy Bear”.  It was time for Lead guitar player, Gordon Riley to sing George Strait’s “Just Someone I Used to Know” and a great instrumental “Windy and Warm”.

“Marvelous” Marvin Bredemeier brought his magic fiddle out then for Bob Wills’ “Take Me Back To Tulsa” and “The Red Velvet Waltz” to close the first half of our show.

melissaLarry Dean opened the second half with George Jones’ “Whose Gonna Fill Their Shoes” and “One Day At A Time” before pretty Melissa Petropoulis was summoned to the microphone.  It has been too long since we saw Melissa and we were in for a treat.  She began with “Blue Kentucky Girl”, “The Kentucky Waltz” Guy Mitchell’s “Singin’ The Blues” and finished with “Heart Over Mind”.  What a powerful voice from such a little lady!

Larry would return again with George Strait’s “Write This Down”, ”Bonaparte’s Retreat” and “The Grand Tour”.  Garry came back again singing the George Jones hit, “He Stopped Loving Her Today”.

Bud MarleyAnother guest that we had not seen in too long was Bud Marley and he was called on next to sing “Always Here At Home Til Closing Time” and finishing with “Pass Me By”.

Mary returned again with Patsy Cline’s “Walkin’ After Midnight” before husband Garry returned to sing Willie Nelson’s “On The Road Again”.

Larry returned again to sing Skyler’s favorite Chuck Berry hit titled, “Johnny B. Goode” followed with “Does Ft Worth Ever Cross Y9ur Mind” and Asleep At the Wheel’s “Miles and Miles of Texas”.  Then he closed the show with a beautiful gospel version of George Jones’ “Walk Thru This World With Me”.

Thanks to tonight’s guests, Melissa Petropoulis and Bud Marley, both of you come back soon.

One last thing, I received word this afternoon that our girl, Maggie Marx entered the KC Superstar competition and from 400 contestants she was among the 25 semi finalists. Way To Go MAGGIE!!!

We lost a great one this week and we are going to miss him.  Rest In Peace George Jones!

Thanks Dave & Jean Hightower for the pictures

A Near Capacity Crowd

again tonight as the Stranger Creek Band kicked off the festivities with the familiar Gordon Riley written theme, “Gordon’s Boogie #1″.

Lead singer, Larry Dean jumped right in with Merle Haggard’s “Working Man Blues” and followed it with Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode”.  “Marvelous” Marvin Bredemeier brought his fiddle to the microphone to play “Ragtime Annie” next and followed it with “The Jersey Bounce”.

Gordon came to the microphone next singing Johnny Cash’s “I Got Stripes” followed with his own “String Bender”.

Our resident song writer, Garry Bichelmeyer was up with Don Williams’ “Coffee Black” and “Some Broken Hearts Never Mend” then Larry joined him with his mandolin on another Don Williams’ song titled “Imagine That”.  Larry and Marvin continued with Larry playing the mandolin on “Shogun’s Farewell”

Mike Riley playing bass again stepped to the microphone to sing Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison”.  He followed that with Elvis’ “Heartbreak Hotel”

Our star attraction was called on next.  Pretty Maggie Marx came up with “Except For Monday” and followed it with Wynona’s “Mamma He’s Crazy” to close the first half.

Mike Riley filled in the intermission singing a selection of Frank Sinatra songs for us, great job Mike.  When he had finished he brought up a special guest that he brought in to sing for us and Missy Sager did a fine job.  Thanks, Missy!

Maggie was called back to open the second half with Elvis’ “Don’t Be Cruel” and Martina McBride’s “Broken Wing”.  She continued with Little Big Town’s “Pontoon” and “Faded Love”.

Larry returned again to sing Chuck Berry’s “Memphis” followed by “Good Woman Blues”  that was recorded by the great Mel Tillis.

“Marvelous” Marvin Bredemeier returned with the beautiful “Waltz You Saved for Me”.  Garry was the next one summoned for “Kansas City” for the line dancers.  He brought out the banjo then so he and Larry could do the popular “In The Jailhouse Now”.

Mike Riley was next to the microphone to sing Elvis Presley’s ”I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You”.  Gordon Riley returned next to sing and play, ”Another Day, Another Dollar”, Larry sang “”Is It 1929″ and Gordon stepped back to the microphone to close the show with, “Nine Pound Hammer”.

For the Maggie Marx fans among us, she will be playing Jasmine, the female lead in the Christian Youth Theater presentation of Aladdin Jr. May 16 – 19 at the Goppert Theater at Avila University.  This will be well worth going to see!

Thanks again to Dave & Jean Hightower for the pictures.

We hope to see all of you back at the BK Lounge next Tuesday.  Until then, stay safe and healthy.

Finally a show at the Grinter Barn

I believe that we have had only one show here this year; the others were all canceled because of bad weather.

As is usual, the Stranger Creek Band kicked the show off with the theme song written by lead guitar player, Gordon Riley titled “Gordon’s Boogie #1″

Lead singer Larry Dean quickly opened with “Good Woman Blues” accompanied with some fine guitar picking by the great Gordon Riley.  He followed with “Going Back to Louisiana” and George Strait’s “Anywhere the wind blows”.

Then it was time for our resident song writer to sing Billy Currinton’s “People are Crazy” followed with his own ” I Must Have Been Out of My Mind”.  Our great fiddle player was called on next to play “Down Yonder” followed with “the Westphalia Waltz”.  Gordon Riley was up next to sing Willie’s “Ain’t it Funny How Time Slips Away” and play the beautiful “Bells of St Mary’s”.

Our singing bass player came front and center next to sing “Hank Williams; “Your Cheatin’ Heart”.

Our very special guest, Ron Fine was called on next.  He entertained us with “Storms Never Last”, I Love You Because” and “Shenandoah Valley”.  What an amazing talent this great baritone is!!

When Ron had finished we took a break before the second half of the show began.

“Marvelous” Marvin Bredemeier opened the second half with his fiddle playing “Red Wing”.  Larry continued with Bruce Springsteen’s “Tougher than the rest”.

Ron Fine was called back then and he began with “It is No Secret” “Together Again”, “Mansion Just Over the Hilltop” and continued with “Remember Me” before finishing his show.

Garry was up next with his own “Northern Star” and followed it with “Nodaway River” and “Kansas City” for the line dancers.

Gordon was next with Buck Owens’ “Love Gonna Live Here Again” before Marvin moved front and center with his fiddle to play “The Flop Eared Mule”.

Mary was called on then to return and sing “Blue Kentucky Girl” before Larry returned again to sing Carl Perkins’ “Honey Don’t”

Ron Fine was summoned to return again and sing “Fraulein”, “California Blues” and he closed the show with a beautiful gospel “I’d Rather Be in a Deep Dark Grave”.

Larry & RosieThese two dancers came in near the end of our program and seemed to have a very good time dancing to Ron’s singing.  But, they only stayed for one dance and disappeared.  We would like to have them come back again and entertain us with some great dancing.

They do have a strong resemblance to Larry Dean and his wife Rosie.

Thanks to Lou Braswell for the photo.

We want to remind everyone that next month on May 16 we will have our 50′s & 60′s Rock & Roll show, be sure to join us for that .

See you all at the BK Lounge next Tuesday.

Another Great Crowd at the BK Lounge Tonight

The Stranger Creek Band kicked things off as usual with the Gordon Riley authored “Gordon’s Boogie #1″.  Lead singer Larry Dean quickly followed with “Loved ‘Em Every One” and “Drinking Bone ”.  “Marvelous” Marvin Bredemeier was next  with his magic fiddle playing “South ” and “South of the Border ”.

Our resident song-writer, Garry Bichelmeyer came up next with his own “Northern Star”, and “Losing You”.

Mary Bichelmeyer, our singing bass player, was up then with “I Can’t Help it if I’m Still in Love With You” and Patsy Cline’s “Walking After Midnight”

Lead guitar player, Gordon Riley  was next with “Back Home in Indiana” and “Nine Pound Hammer”.  Larry returned with Ronnie Milsap’s  ”Houston Solution”.

The outstanding Ron Fine was summoned front and center then and sang “Today I Started Loving You Again”, “Make the World Go Away” and a beautiful “Where No One stands Alone” to close the first half.

Lyle & JuanitaThe photo at left is of two of our favorite dancers.  Every one has to admit that Lyle and Juanita leave nothing on the floor when they dance, especially a fast number.   They also will be on the floor for nearly every dance all evening.  I’m sure that if I attempted to keep up with them I would wind up in the Hospital.  It is so good to see them having so much fun.  Keep up the good work, guys!

This picture was taken at the American Legion Saturday night by Dave Hightower.  Thanks again to Dave and Jean.

Larry Dean opened the second half with George Strait’s “Baby, Write This Down” for the line dancers followed by Fats Domino’s “My Blue Heaven” and finishing with “Shogun Farewell”.  Marvin followed with “Beaumont Rag” before Garry came back for John Denver’s “I’m Sorry” and another John Denver hit,  ”Hey, It’s Good to be Back Home Again” before finishing with his own “Fishin’ “.  Mary returned then with “Let’s Turn Back the Years” and “Crazy Dreams”.  Gordon moved front and center again to play his own “String Bender” and a fine vocal performance of “When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold”.

Jerome Oberle was summoned to bring his all-button accordion to the microphone and play, “Pennsylvania Polka”, “Have I Told You Lately” and join forces with Gordon on the lively “Under the Double Eagle”.  Larry sang “These Days I Barely Get By” before calling Jerome, Ron and the band together to join in “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”.

We will look forward to seeing you all on Thursday evening at the Grinter barn Jamboree in Kansas City Ks.  Admission will be only $5.00.

Great Time at the American Legion Dance

Those who spent last Saturday night at the monthly dance at the America Legion Hall located at 7500 West 75th in Overland Park had a fun time.  The dance floor was full for almost every song all evening long.  As usual, there were plenty of snacks for all who wanted a bite to eat.

The Stranger Creek Band opened the show as usual with the theme song, “Gordon’s Boogie #1″ written by our lead guitar player, Gordon Riley.  Our great lead singer, Larry dean, jumped right in with “The Key’s in the Mailbox” and followed it with “Does Ft Worth ever cross y9ur mind” and continued with George Strait’s “Let’s Fall to Pieces Together”.

Garry Bichelmeyer, our resident song writer stepped to the microphone next with “Kansas City”, always a popular choice for the line dancers.  He continued with Alan Jackson’s “Don’t Close Your Eyes”.  It was great to welcome our singing bass player, Mary Bichelmeyer back as she stepped to the microphone to sing Jeanne Pruett’s “Satin Sheets” and Patsy’s Cline’s “Walking After Midnight”.

Larry returned with “Every time I roll the Dice” before Gordon stepped up to sing “Big Boss Man” and our fabulous fiddle player, “Marvelous” Marvin Bredemeier stepped up with the beautiful “The Waltz You Saved For Me”.  Larry would come back with a requested “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” for the line dancers.  Gary came back with Charley Pride’s “Is Anybody Going to San Antone”.  Larry Dean stepped up to close the first set with “Evis’ “Blue Suede Shoes” and Fats Domino’s “Ain’t That a Shame”

After a break  during which the band members mingled with the fans and got a snack to eat, they moved back to the stage after about fifteen minutes.

Larry Dean opened with “Cie Lavie” (I have no idea how to spell it)  and followed with “I Left Something Turned on at Home”.  Garry followed quickly with Jimmy Buffet’s “Margaritaville” after which Marvin stepped up to play “St Louis Blues” on his magic fiddle.  Garry returned with a request for his popular self written “Northern Star” and “Losing You”.  He followed it with an old song that has been recorded by many over the years called, “Rose of San Antone”.  Gordon came to the microphone with his guitar to play Bill Justis’ “Honky Tonk” before Mary returned to close the second set with Hank Williams’ “Your Cheatin’ Heart”.

Larry Dean opened the third set with Brooks and Dunn’s “Neon Moon” “Marvelous” Marvin was requested then to play a crowd favorite, ”The Orange Blossom Special” always gets everyone excited.  Garry and Larry returned with a duet on Don Williams new hit, “Imagine That” and Garry continued with another Don Williams hit, “Some Broken Hearts”.

Gordon returned to sing Johnny Cash’s “Bad News” and Johnny Rodriguez’s “Pass Me By”.  Marvin came to the microphone to play the Great hit by the late Patti Page, “Tennessee Waltz” is always a welcome selection.  He followed it with Leon McAuliff’s “Panhandle Rag” and a great vocal on a beautiful “I Wonder Where You are Tonight” to close the third set.

The fourth and final set opened with a Rock & Roll flavor.  Larry sang “Old Time Rock & Roll” and Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode”.  Garry returned to sing Vince Gill’s “Nobody Answered When I Called Your Name” before he called wife, Mary up for a duet on “Black Coffee”.  Gordon was called on to play “Under the Double Eagle” then and Larry Dean stepped up to finish the show with Asleep At the Wheel’s “Miles and Miles of Texas”, “Some Day when Things are Good”, Ricky Nelson’s “Mary Lou” and “Good night” before the band closed the show with the ending theme also written by Gordon titled “Gordon’s Boogie #2″

We hope the audience enjoyed the show as much as we enjoyed putting it on.  The crowds at the American Legion are always great!!

We plan to see you Tuesday at the BK Lounge located in the Burger King near 95th & Quivira.  We will also return on Thursday to the Grinter Barn for the monthly Grinter Barn Jamboree.  Ron Fine will be our special guest this week, he is always  great entertainer.  This month we will have the new snack bar in operation for your enjoyment.  Admission will be $5.00 and you can either purchase snacks from the snack bar or bring your own “Brown Bag” lunch.

We opened tonight’s show to the threat of stormy weather

As is normal, the Stranger Creek Band kicked off the show with Gordon Riley’s “Gordon’s Boogie #1″.  Our singing bass player, Mary Bichelmeyeer was still missing but again we had a fine replacement by the name  of Mike Riley (Gordon’s son).  Lead singer, Larry Dean quickly opened with Fats Domino’s “Ain’t that a shame” followed with “Rollin’ in my sweet baby’s arms”.  Our outstanding fiddle player, Marvin Bredemeier was next playing ”Buttermilk Sky” and “The waltz you saved for me”.

Gordon Riley stepped to the microphone next singing “Truck drivin’ man” followed with “Amanda”.  Our resident songwriter, Garry Bichelmeyer came up then with a new Don Willliams number titled “Imagine that” assisted by Larry Dean.  Garry followed with “Is anybody going to San Antone”, and “Stand by me”

Mike Riley was summoned next with Travis Tritt’s “The whiskey ain’t working any more” followed with Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” and Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” , what a great talent!

Jerome Oberle was called up next with his all-button accordion to play, “Beer Barrel Polka” and “If you got the money I’ve got the time” to close the half.

Mike Riley stepped to the microphone to fill the intermission with his great music.  He did a great job singing several songs but I failed to get the names of any of the songs he performed.

Larry Dean opened the second half with “Jelly Roll” and Merle Haggard’s “Someday soon” before Marvin came up with Roy Acuff’s “Wabash Cannonball” and a waltz named “I love you so much it hurts”.  Larry returned with an Alan Jackson line dance titled “Baby write this down”.

Garry returned with his banjo to play and sing an old favorite called, ”Rocky top”

Larry followed with “Every time I roll the dice” before Ron Fine was called up to sing “Storms never last”, “The Kentucky Waltz” and ”Now and then there’s a fool such as I”.

Jerome was summoned back to the microphone then to play “Cold, cold heart” and ”Blue eyes crying in the rain”.  Gordon Riley returned to sing Haggard’s “Green, green grass of home”

Larry came back to close the show with “I left something turned on at home”.

We are looking forward to seeing each of you this Saturday evening at the monthly dance with the Stranger Creek Band at the American Legion hall located at 7500 West 75th Street in Overland Park.  We will perform for your listening and dancing pleasure from 7:00 til 11:00 PM.  Admission is $5.00 per person.  Bring your own snacks.

Of course, we will return to the BK Lounge again next Tuesday before appearing at the monthly Grinter Barn Jamboree.  Music begins at 7:00 PM.  There will be a $5.00 admission charge.  You can purchase foods from the snack bar or bring your own “Brown Bag” lunch.

Every one please be safe and healthy until we see you again!

I think the spring like weather had some people

thinking about yard work instead of good country music tonight.  The BK Lounge opened to a smaller than usual crowd tonight but hopefully it will grow as the night progresses.

As is the custom, the Stranger Creek Band kicked things off with the Gordon Riley authored theme, “Gordon’s boogie #1″ and Lead Singer, Larry Dean quickly followed with “Stay all night, stay a little longer”, and Elvis’ “Mystery train”.

Gordon was up next with “Red necks, white sox and blue ribbon beer” and for Wally  Bredemeier, “Nine pound hammer”.  Fiddle player Marvin Bredemeier followed with a requested “Ragtime annie” then Larry Dean joined him to sing “It had to be you”.

Our resident songwriter, Garry Bichelmeyer stepped to the microphone then to sing Billy Currington’s “People are crazy”and Kris Kristofferson’s “Sunday morning coming down”, and his own “I don’t think I could take losing you”.

Next to the microphone was our special guest bass player in Mary’s absence, Mike Riley  showing that he is an outstanding singer with Johnny Cash’s “Folsom prison” and he continued with Elvis’ “Heartbreak hotel”

Jerome Oberle was summoned with his all-button accordion to play “The Beer barrel polka”, “Room full of roses” before we broke for the intermission.

Mike Riley came to the microphone during the intermission with some of his own music.  He started with Elvis’s “Now or never”, “Can’t help falling in love with you”, and Sinatra’s “Summer wind”.  Mike is a great talent and it is always good to hear him.

Larry Dean opened the second half with “Old time Rock & Roll” and “Baby write this down” for the line dancers.  Marvin returned with “Shogan Farewell” and “Milk Cow blues”.

Garry would return again with his banjo to sing and play “The old home place” and followed it with “Foggy mountain breakdown”

Larry came back singing an old Vern Gosdin song titled “Would these arms be in your way” Next to the microphone was Gordon with “Washed my hands in muddy water” and a great instrumental version of “South”.

Jerome came back to close the show with his magic squeeze box to play “Pennsylvania polka” and the beautiful “It is no secret”.

We hope to see you next Tuesday back here at the BK Lounge.

Also don’t forget that April 13, the Stranger Creek Band will return to the American Legion hall at 7500 West 75 Street in Overland Park for a dance beginning at 7:00PM.  Bring your own snacks and the admission is only $5.00 per person.

Thursday, April 18 will be the Grinter Barn Jamboree where Ron Fine will be our special guest.  If you are not familiar with Ron, be sure to come see him and I’m sure you will agree that it is a great treat.  Admission will be $5.00 and you can either bring your own “Brown Bag” lunch or purchase snacks from the new snack bar.