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.
Larry 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”.
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