at the BK Lounge tonight.  Our Lead Singer had been on the sick list for 3 weeks and we sure had missed his leadership.  Our singing bass player, Mary Bichelmeyer was still absent and once again Lee Baldwin (below) filled in for her.  Thanks for the help, Lee!

Lee Baldwin                    As is usual, the Stranger Creek Band opened the festivities  with the theme song written by Lead Guitar Player, Gordon Riley and titled “Gordon’s Boogie #1″.

Larry followed with an old Bill Monroe hit titled, “Uncle Penn” and followed it with Merle Haggard’s “Blue Eyes in Texas”.  Fiddle player, “Marvelous” Marvin Bredemeier came right behind with Glenn Miller’s “Jersey Bounce” and Bob Wills’ “Take Me Back To Tulsa”.  Next to the microphone was our resident song writer, Garry Bichelmeyer singing, “Livin’ On Tulsa Time”, his own creation, “Ghost Chickens” and Johnny Cash’s “Sunday Morning Coming Down”.

It was time then for Gordon to step up with Wynn Stewart’s hit, “Another Day, Another Dollar” and The Mills Brothers’ old “Cab Driver”.

Special guest, Jerome Oberle was summoned with his all-button Accordion to play, “Barber Polka’, and Anne Murray’s ”It Is No Secret” before Larry Dean returned to close the first half with “Rollin’ The Dice”.

We had a good supply supply of cookies brought in by the audience members and I think everyone got their fill of the wonderful array of cookies.

After a good intermission with the band members mingling and visiting with the audience, Larry opened with Haggard’s “I Had A Beautiful Time” and story teller Tom T. Hall’s, “Old Dogs, Children and Water Mellon Wine”.

Marvin stepped up with “Rubber Dolly” and “The Waltz You Saved For Me”.  Gordon returned with Chet Atkins’ “Wheels” and his own “Washboard Rag” before Garry came back to the microphone with, “Devil Woman” by Marty Robbins.  He continued with a couple of his own creations; a requested “Nodaway River” and the always popular “Northern Star”.  Larry returned again with a request for Chuck Berry’s “Mabelline”.  Garry stepped back front and center with the often requested, “Kansas City” for the line dancers.

Jerome was summoned again to play, “Because Just Because”, The Platters, “Harbor Lights” and the hugely popular Frankie Yankovic hit titled “Beer Barrel Polka”.

Larry came back to sing a beautiful song recorded by the late, great Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley named, “I Believe”  The band closed the evening then with another Gordon Riley theme, “Gordon’s Boogie “2.

We hope to see every one safe and sound next Tuesday back at the BK Lounge!


Big Creek MarqueWe had the pleasure of going to Pleasant Hill Missouri last night to enjoy a Great show featuring our friends Maggie Marx, Larry Smith,  and Jim Winters.  Also on the show was a fabulous keyboard player/singer, Rex Peterson and singer David Taylor; all with the great Big Creek Opry band.


Larry DeanI got to visit with our Lead Singer, Larry Dean at church this morning.  He assured me that although he is still a little congested and his voice is not quite normal, he will return to the BK Lounge Tuesday for our weekly show.  Welcome Back Larry!!


we had a good show.  In the absence of lead singer Larry Dean we had our good friend, Arnie Johnson ably filling in.    In addition, our singing bass player, Mary Bichelmeyer has gone back to Kentucky to help her family for a couple of weeks.  Filling in for her was Lee Baldwin playing the bass.

As is usual, the Stranger Creek Band kicked off the festivities with the Gordon Riley written theme titled, “Gordon’s Boogie #2″.  Special guest, Arnie Johnson stepped up quickly to open with Merle Haggard’s “I Had A Beautiful Time” followed by a big hit for Carl Smith way back in 1950 called, “I Overlooked An Orchid” and Bobby Helms’ “Fraulein”.  He continued with Johnny Cash’s big hit, “Folsom Prison Blues”, Willie Nelson’s “I Never Go Around Mirrors” and Hank Williams’ “Move It On Over”.  Barely stopping to take a deep breath he continued by singing, Jim Reeves’ “He’ll Have To Go”, “I wouldn’t Change You If I Could” and Haggard’s “Today I Started Loving You Again”.  Then he slipped into an old Rock & Roll number that I believe was recorded by Little Richard and called “Lawdy Miss Claudie”.  He came right back to the old country with Ray Price’s “Heartaches By The Number” Kris Kristopherson’s “Me and Bobby McGee” before singing Hank Lochlin’s hit, “Send Me The Pillow You Dream On”.  He closed the first half then with another Hank Williams hit, “Jambalaya”.

Our magnificent fiddle player, Marvin Bredemeier opened the second half with the always popular, “Ragtime Annie” before Arnie came back with “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” for the pleasure of the line dancers.  Next came Charlie Pride’s “Crystal Chandeliers” and David Houston’s beautiful “Almost Persuaded”.

Jerome Oberle was summoned to the microphone with his all-button accordion to play, “Beer Barrel Polka”, Jimmy Wakely and Ernest Tubb’s “Slippin’ Around” and “Just Because”.

Arnie returned with Hank Thompson’s big hit, ‘Wild Side Of Life” and Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” and another Merle Haggard hit titled, “Green, Green Grass of Home” followed with Mickey Gilley’s “From the Window Up Above” and “Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down”.

Lead Guitar player, Gordon Riley stepped up then with Leon McAuliff’s “Panhandle Rag” before Arnie returned again to close the show with “I Wonder Where You Are Tonight”.

We hope to see you all again next Tuesday back at the BK Lounge beginning at 6:30 PM.

Get Well wishes to Larry Dean who has been on the sick list now for I believe it is 3 weeks.  Hope you recover soon Larry.

Everybody be safe and healthy until we meet again!


from the Goppert Theater at Avila College in Kansas City.  Garry, Mary, Rosie, Tressa Jacobs, Pat and I had the pleasure of attending the Christian Youth Theater performance of Aladdin Jr. starring Maggie Marx (below) in the role of Princess Jasmine.  A veteran of 21 previous plays; sixteen year old Maggie was outstanding again tonight.

MaggieWe are looking forward to watching her compete June 3 as one of the 23 semi-finalists out of 400 contestants in the KC Superstars competition.  Good Luck Maggie!

She also will be traveling to Wahoo Nebraska with the Stranger Creek Band to appear at the Wahoo Music Festival June 20 – 23.


was still on the sick list tonight.  The rest of the band was in fine form and as usual began the festivities with lead guitar  player Gordon Riley’s authored theme song, “Gordon’s Boogie #1″.  As soon as the theme was finished Gordon stepped to the microphone to sing Elvis Presley’s “Big Boss Man” and played the always popular Bill Justus hit, “Honky Tonk”.  Our resident song writer, Garry Bichelmeyer moved in front of the microphone then with the Don Williams hit “Some Broken Hearts Never Mend” before his wife, our singing bass player, Mary Bichelmeyer came front and center to sing Hank Williams’ “I Can’t Help It If I’m Still In Love With You”.  We are sure going to miss Mary the next couple of weeks while she is back in Kentucky again helping her sister with her business.

Fiddle player “Marvelous” Marvin Bredemeier stepped up with “Ragtime Annie”.

Amanda BrockNext our special guest, Amanda Brock (above) was called to the microphone.  Amanda is a new entertainer to several of our fans but she is an outstanding singer with a beautiful voice.  She began by singing Loretta Lynn’s big hit, “You Ain’t Woman Enough To Take My Man” followed by a big hit  by Olivia Newton-John titled, “If You Love Me Let Me Know”.  Garry joined her then in a duet of the David Frizell/Shelly West hit, “You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma”.

Our other special guest, Mike Riley was called to a great reception to sing, Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode”, The Travis Tritt hit “Here’s A Quarter, Call Someone Who Cares” and finished with Johnny Cash’s big hit, “Folsom Prison Blues”.

Garry stepped up to close the first half with “Kansas City” for the line dancers.

During the intermission, Mike Riley connected his phone to the sound system for music and he and friend Missy Sager proceeded to entertain the crowd with some fine singing  I failed to get the names of what they sang but all present enjoyed it and Missy is a fine entertainer.

Gordon and Marvin opened the second half with Leon McAuliff’s “Panhandle Rag” before Gordon moved to center stage singing Porter Wagoner’s “Just Someone I Used To Know”.

Amanda was called back with a big hit recorded by Wanda Jackson and many others, “Silver Threads and Golden Needles” is always a big hit.  She continued with Janie Fricke’s, “I Need Someone To Hold Me When I Cry” and Anne Murray’s great recording of “Snow Bird”.  Great job Amanda.

“Marvelous” Marvin answered a request then playing “Orange Blossom Special” and “Milk Cow Blues”.  Garry returned to the microphone with one of his own.  “One Room School” always gets a great reception from the fans.  Gordon returned with Hank Thompson’s “Six Pack To Go” before Garry returned to sing his own “Northern Star” and Don Williams’ “Amanda”.

Mike Riley was called back to close the show with Elvis’ “Heartbreak Hotel” and ”The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’ No More”.

As is the custom, the band closed the show with Gordon’s “Gordon’s Boogie #2″.

We hope you all enjoyed our show as much as the musicians enjoyed putting it on for you.

Reminder that on Saturday, June 8 at 10:30 AM the Stranger Creek Band will play for the Tongie Days festival in front of the bank on Main Street in Tonganoxie.  Then at 7:00 PM that evening we will return to the American Legion at 7500 West 75th for out monthly dance.  Only $5.00 per person admission.

June 13, for the month of June only theGrinter Barn Jamboree will be one week early.  We will return to the third Thursday on July 18.

The July dance at the American Legion, 7500 West 75th has changed to 2:00 to 6:00 PM on July 4.  In August we will return to the second Saturday for the monthly dance at the Legion.

Thanks to Lou Braswell for the picture of Amanda Brock this month.


we had a Great show at the BK Lounge last night.  Our lead singer, Larry Dean was still very sick with severe congestion and an eye infection.  Luckily our good friend, Arnie Johnson (below) was available to fill in for us.  What a great talent he is!

Arnie Johnson biggerAfter the Stranger Creek Band opened the show playing Gordon Riley’s theme song, “Gordon’s Boogie” Arnie stepped to the microphone and began by singing our Garry Bichelmeyer’s song, “Losing You” followed with Jim Reeves’ old hit, “Have I Told You Lately”.  He continued with several Merle Haggard hits including, “Wanted Fugitive”, “Somewhere Between”, and “Okie From Muskogee”.  Then he sang an old hit recorded by Hank Snow and many others, “I Wonder Where You Are Tonight” and finishing with a song written by Arnie himself titled, “Sweet Lovin’ “.

“Marvelous” Marvin stepped to the microphone and teamed up with Gordon and Garry to play “Old Joe Clark” and Marvin continued with “The Over The Waves Waltz”.  Gordon came back then with “Going To California” and a great instrumental version of “When You and I Were Young Maggie” at my request.

Our resident song-writer, Garry Bichelmeyer came front and center next with his own “Marie” and Buck Owens’ “Act Naturally”.  His wife, Mary came up and announced that she was returning to Kentucky next week to assist her family some more.  She sang a song recorded by Loretta Lynn and Emmy Lou Harris titled “Blue Kentucky Girl” to close the first half.

During the intermission we were all treated to a piece of birthday cake (below) in honor of Garry’s birthday which was actually last Sunday.

Gary's BD cakeOur great special guest opened the second half with a series of Hank Williams’ hits beginning with, “Jambalaya”, “I Could Never Be Ashamed of You” and “Your Cheatin’ Heart”.  He finished with Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison”.

Our friend, Jerome Oberle was summoned to the microphone  with his all-button accordion then.  As always, he made an outstanding performance playing, “The Blue Skirt Waltz”, “In Heaven There Is No Beer” and the always beautiful, “Harbor Lights”.

Arnie returned again with Bobby Helms, “Fraulein” and for our girl Skyler, Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode”.  Gordon took his turn again with a number written by him called, “String Bender” before Arnie came back singing a song recorded by Hank Thompson in 1974 titled “Who Left The Door To Heaven Open”, an old favorite called “The Crawdad Song” and finished with Willie Nelson’s “Blue Eyes Cryin’ In The Rain”.

Gordon took another turn with “Kansas City” before Arnie came back again with a popular song recorded by Stonewall Jackson and George Jones titled, “Don’t Be Angry” and followed it with Hank Thompson’s “Wild Side of Life”.  Next he closed a great show with Elvis and Carl Perkins’ “That’s Alright Mama”.

Everyone appreciated Arnie stepping up to help us out and he performed magnificently as usual.  Great Job Arnie!  Come back soon.

We hope you all join us Thursday beginning at 6:30 PM at the Grinter Barn Jamboree to see our Rock & Roll show.  Our special guest will be Amanda Brock, if you have not seen Amanda before be sure to come out.  You will enjoy this young lady’s fine singing

Many Thanks once more to Dave & Jean Hightower for saving me again.