IT WAS GREAT TO BE BACK AT THE BK LOUNGE

after missing last week.  After the band opened the evening festivities with the familiar theme written by our lead guitar player, Gordon Riley and titled “Gordon’s Boogie #1″, Mary Bichelmeyer stepped up to report that Garry continues to recover from his recent injuries and is very grateful for all of the cards, letters and phone calls he has received from his fans and friends.  Lead singer, Larry Dean jumped right in then with Mel Tillis’ “Good Woman Blues” followed with Keith Whitley’s “I’m Over You”.  Next to the microphone was our outstanding fiddle player, “Marvelous” Marvin Bredemeier playing Johnny Gimble’s “Rubber Dolly” and pairing with Gordon to play “Shokin Farewell”.

Lead guitar player, Gordon Riley stepped to the microphone then to sing the Charlie Rich hit, “Wash My Hands In Muddy Water” and Willie’s “Ain’t It Funny How Time Slips Away”.  Larry returned with George Strait’s “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind” and “Murder On Music Row”.  “Marvelous” Marvin returned front and center to play an old Glenn Miller hit titled “In The Mood” and Ray Price’s “Faded Love”.  Larry would return to sing Merle Haggard’s “Goin’ Where The Lonely Go” and Delbert McClnton’s “Every Time I Roll The Dice” to close the first half.

Bobby Shepherd

We had a very special treat to open the second half.  A new special guest, Bobby Shepherd (above) hails from way down in Huntington, Arkansas came by.  He began by singing Ricky Skaggs’ “The Old Home Place” followed with “Nine Pound Hammer” and “Milk Cow Blues” finishing with Johnny Cash’s hit “Folsom Prison Blues”,  Great Job!

Larry followed with “Let’s Fall To Pieces Together”  and a great song written by our own Garry Bichelmeyer called “I Must Have Been Out Of My Mind”.  “Marvelous” Marvin came up then with “The Waltz You Saved For Me’.  Gordon came to the microphone next to sing David Allan Coe’s hit, “Truck Drivin Man” and “Me and Bobby McGee” before Larry returned again to sing Marty Robbins’ “Don’t Worry About Me”

Bobby Shepherd was called back to the front then to sing Bill Monroe’s “Walls of Time” and Vince Gill’s “High on the Mountain”.  Bobby Shepherd gave us a great performance and we encourage him to stop back by any time.  Great Job, Bobby!

Larry Dean closed the show then with “The Lighthouse” and the band played the closing theme, Gordon’s “Gordon’s Boogie #2″.

We hope to see you all again back at the BK Lounge next Tuesday and don’t forget the 4th of July dance from 2:00 til 6:00 PM at the American Legion on 75th Street.  There will be no admission charge and they will be selling hamburgers or hot dogs with potato salad and baked beans for $3.00.

As always our sincere Thanks to Dave and Jean Hightower for the pictures

AT THE GRINTER BARN

again last night.  We were still short the injured Garry Bichelmeyer but our singing bass player, wife Mary Bichelmeyer was back with us again.

After everyone got their fill of hot dogs and chips and drinks; the Stranger Creek Band kicked the festivities off with the familiar Gordon Riley authored theme, “Gordon’s Boogie #1″.

As soon as that was finished our lead singer, Larry Dean jumped in with Mel Tillis’ “Good Woman Blues”, John Denver’s “Take Me Home Country Roads” and finished with a line dance, “Kansas City”.

Fiddle player, “Marvelous” Marvin Bredemeier stepped to the microphone to play and sing an old Frank Sinatra favorite, “It Had To Be You” Followed by lead guitar player, Gordon Riley playing and singing Ernest Tubbs, “Waltz Across Texas” and a great instrumental version of “Panhandle Rag”.

Our fantastic singing bass player, Mary Bichelmeyer stepped to the microphone next to sing Patti Page’s big hit, “Tennessee Waltz”.

Melissa & SaraIt was time then for our special guest, Melissa Petropoulis to come to center stage.  She began with Ferlin Husky’s “On The Wings of A Dove”, Ray Price’s “I Wish I Could Fall In Love Today” and finishing with Emmy Lou Harris’ “Blue Kentucky Girl”.

Mary returned to the microphone to sing Johnny Tillotson’s “It Keeps Right On Hurting” to close the first half.

After a good intermission with the band members mingling with the audience and eating some of the available, delicious cookies we all settled back for the second half.

Larry opened the second half with Delbert McClinton’s line dance titled, “Every Time I Roll The Dice” and Johnny Cash’s “I Walk The Line”.

“Marvelous” Marvin returned with “Jersey Bounce” recorded by Glenn Miller.  Larry moved back in singing George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today”.  Mary came back to the microphone singing “I’m A Walkin’, Talkin’, Cryin’, Barely Beatin’ Broken Heart”.

It was time for the highlight of our evening when Melissa and her eleven year old daughter, Sara came front and center.  They started with Ronnie McDowell’s “Burning Bridges”, “My Baby’s Gone” and finished with Willie Nelson’s “Sugar Moon”.  Great job ladies!!  Little Sara is wonderful and obviously has so much fun on stage.

Larry Dean came back with Chuck Berry’s “Mabelline” before Gordon took the microphone to sing “Holding Things Together”.  Marvin stepped up with a request and did fantastic on the very fast, “Orange Blossom Special”.

Gordon returned again to play Bill Justis’ “Honky Tonk” and Larry returned once again to sing Johnny Paycheck’s big hit, “I’m The Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised”.

Melissa was called back to sing Charlie Walker’s “Close All the Honky Tonks”, “Ain’t No Chains” and closed the show with Hank Williams’ “Your Cheatin’ Heart”.  Thanks Melissa and Sara!! We hope to see you both again soon.

There will not be a show at the BK Lounge next Tuesday, June 18 due to the band  being out of town.  We had hoped to have another band to fill in for us but due to a scheduling conflict it didn’t work out.  Our apologies for any confusion this has caused. We will return to the BK on Tuesday, June 25 with our regular show.

Every one stay safe and healthy until we meet again.

NO SHOW AT THE BK LOUNGE NEXT WEEK

We will not have the weekly show at the BK Lounge next Tuesday, June 18.  The band that was scheduled to fill in for us had a scheduling conflict and is unable to appear.  We apologize for any inconvenience and will see you the following Tuesday, June 25 with our regular show.

Don’t forget the Grinter Barn Jamboree located at 78th and K-32 in Kansas City Ks tonight.  Melissa Petropolous has told me she is planning to come out and sing for us again tonight.

WE WERE A LITTLE LATE GETTING STARTED

with tonight’s show.  It was about 6:10 when we realized that we didn’t have a bass player.  Mary Bichelmeyer was absent and caring for her husband Garry who had been injured last week when thrown by a horse.

Gordon made some quick phone calls and finally got in touch with an old friend, Chuck Yates (below).  Within 30 minutes, Chuck was at the microphone and ready to play.  Great job tonight Chuck and many thanks for coming to our rescue on no notice.

Chuck Yates

We were about 30 minutes late getting the show kicked off with Gordon Riley’s theme, “Gordon’s Boogie #1″  Lead singer Larry Dean jumped right in with Johnny Paycheck’s “I’m The Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised” and followed it with a line dance titled “Every Time I Roll The Dice”.

Fiddle player, “Marvelous” Marvin Bredemeier came front and center next with a number made famous by pianist Del Woods, “Down Yonder”.  If I am not mistaken this was the only hit she ever had but it was a big one.  Marvin followed with “The Waltz You Saved for Me” before Gordon stepped to the microphone with “Goin’ To California”.

Our friend Melissa Petropoulis was called to the microphone then with ”Too Lonely For Too Long” and Kitty Wells’ “Making Believe”.

The fabulous baritone Ron Fine was up next with Bobby Helm’s “Fraulein”, one of my favorites, “House of Gold” and finished with Willie Nelson’s “Uncloudy Day” to close the first half.

Larry Dean opened the second half with Merle Haggard’s “Rainbow Stew” before Gordon returned to the microphone singing Boxcar Willie’s “Rollin’ In My Sweet Baby’s Arms”.  Larry returned again with Haggard’s “Going Where The Lonely Go” and “Mary”.  Marvin then played an oldie titled “Who’s Been Dragging Your Little Wagon” and Gordon returned again with an instrumental “Back Home In Indiana”

Melissa & Sara2The highlight of tonight’s show was when the two pretty ladies pictured above, Melissa and eleven-year old daughter, Sara Petropoulis stepped up for some fabulous duets for us.  They opened with the Louvin Brothers’ “You’re Running Wild”, Willie Nelson’s “Sugar Moon” and a wonderful version of “Who’s Cheatin’ Who”.   Great job ladies, we hope to see you both again real soon!

The great Ron Fine came back with Buck Owens’ “Together Again” before Larry stepped up with Chuck Berry’s “Memphis”.  Marvin returned to play “Beaumont Rag”.

Larry stepped up to close the show with “I Always Get Lucky With You”, Louie Armstrong’s “What A Wonderful World” and Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode”.

The band finished then with the closing theme also written by Gordon, “Gordon’s Boogie #2″.

We hope to see you Thursday at the Grinter Barn Jamboree.  Come on out, admission is only $5.00 per person

Thanks to Dave and Jean Hightower for the fine photos.

ANOTHER GREAT SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE AMERICAN LEGION

We were glad to be back at the American Legion last night for our monthly dance.  We did miss our resident song-writer and singer, Garry Bichelmeyer.  Garry was injured Tuesday when he was working on the family ranch moving cattle.  His horse was spooked and threw him off, breaking his pelvis in two places.  He had surgery on Wednesday when they put in two pins.  He developed some digestive problems yesterday but he is still hoping to get to come home today, I have not yet heard if that happened or not.  He will be confined to a wheel chair for at least ten weeks with positively no walking of any kind during that time.  I’m sure he has to look forward to a lot of recovery ahead.  Hopefully we will still be able to enjoy his singing and humor from the wheel chair before long.

His wife, our singing bass player Mary Bichelmeyer was present at the dance to help entertain us.  Of course, the rest of the band was present and we heard a lot of fine music that kept the dance floor filled nearly all night.

When we said for everyone to bring their own snacks for the evening we had no idea what was going to happen.  The ladies fill the table with a great variety of snack food and deserts and we feed well from it.

Jerome OberleThe band also got some great help with the music when our good friend, Ron Fine (photo above) came to the stage and proceeded to please us singing several great songs.  Included was one of my favorites, “Lord Build Me A Cabin”; it is always well received.

The crowd quickly thinned out between 11:00 and 11:30 due in part to the threat of the approaching rain so we stopped playing a little early and began packing up for our own departure.

Please remember Garry in your thoughts.  You can send cards to him at:                       PO BOX 815, TONGANOXIE KS   66086.

We hope to see you all at the BK Lounge Tuesday and we will return to the Grinter Barn Jamboree on Thursday, June 13.

GARRY BICHELMEYER

Garry Bichelmeyer American Legion

Garry will come home from the Hospital today or tomorrow.  He will be confined to a wheel chair for about 10 weeks and no walking until then.

Please remember him in your thoughts and prayers.  I’m sure that cards and letters would be appreciated.

Cards can be sent to:

GARRY BICHELMEYER                                                                                                     18141   238th                                                                                                  TONGANOXIE KS  66086

Of course we look forward to a speedy recovery and hope to see him soon!

GARRY BICHELMEYER

Is out of surgery and doing well!  Probably the best medicine for him now would be some get well cards.  Send them to:

GARRY BICHELMEYER

18141 238th

TONGANOXIE, KS  66086

Mary says he should be home before very long but his recovery will still take time and a lot of encouragement from his loyal fans and friends!!  I know he can count on you.

GREAT SHOW AND A GOOD CROWD

at the BK Lounge tonight.  First of all, an update on Garry Bichelmeyer.  Most of you already know that Garry was injured yesterday while working on the family’s ranch south of Kansas City.  The horse he was riding was spooked and threw Garry off.  His pelvis was broken in two places; he will undergo surgery tomorrow to put in two pins and whatever else they decide is needed.  He will be out of commission for some time.  We are going to miss him but we ask all of his fans and friends to remember him in your thoughts and prayers.  I will keep you updated as much as I can on this web site.

When the festivities began, we were missing our outstanding fiddle player, Marvin Bredemeier who had another commitment but he will return next week.  As usual the Stranger Creek Band opened the show with the familiar theme, “Gordon’s Boogie #1″ written by our own lead guitar player, Gordon Riley.  Larry Dean followed quickly with Waylon Jennings’ “Rainy Day Woman” and Merle Haggard’s “The Way I Am”.

Maggie2

Next, our singing sensation, Maggie Marx (above) was called on and she started off with a LeAnn Rimes hit titled, “Blue” and Wynona’s “Rockin’ With The Rhythm of The Rain” followed with Patsy Cline’s “Faded Love”.

Last night I had the privilege of going to see the semi finals of the KC Superstar competition.  Nearly three hundred greater Kansas City area high school kids originally auditioned and that number was narrowed down to 22 who competed in the semi finals for ten positions to move into the finals where first prize is a $7500 scholarship.  Maggie and her good friend, Houston St. John both were selected in the ten to move onto the finals on August 25.

We had the great good fortune to have not only Maggie with us but she brought Houston with her and he agreed to sing for us, too.

He did a fine performance with Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Teddy Bear”  and would return again later in the show.

Gordon followed with Porter Waggoner and Dolly Parton’s hit “Just Someone I Used to Know” and Elvis’ “Big Boss Man”.  Mary stepped to the microphone then with the old Hank Williams hit, “Your Cheatin’ Heart” before Jerome Oberle was summoned with his all-button accordion to play “The Pennsylvania Polka”, “City Lights” and Jim Reeves’ “It Is No Secret” before Larry returned to close the first half with John Anderson’s “Swingin”.

Larry Dean opened the second half with Travis Tritt’s “Sometimes She Forgets” and Alan Jackson’s “Designated Drinker” before Gordon returned to the microphone with the late Johnny Russell’s “Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer”.

Maggie & HoustonThen we had the pleasure of listening to a duet by Maggie and Houston (above) with Elvis’ “Don’t Be Cruel”.  Maggie continued with “Pontoon”, Wynona’s “Grandpa”,  some fine yodeling on “I Wanna Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart”.  She finished with Keith Whitley’s “When You Say Nothing At All”.

Mike Riley, filling in on the Bass for Mary who had left early stepped up then with “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin Any More”.  Jerome was summoned back to play, “Just Because” and Skeeter Davis’ “I’ve Forgot More Than You’ll Ever Know”.  Larry returned with a line dance, “Goin’ Back To Louisiana”.  Mike came back with a request for Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues”.  Skyler wanted to hear Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” which Larry sang.

Maggie returned then with a beautiful rendition of “How Great Thou Art” to close the show.  The band finished with Gordon’ other theme, “Gordon’s Boogie #2″.

Everyone certainly enjoyed the performances of Maggie and Houston and hope to see you both back again soon.

Please remember Garry in your prayers.

The Stranger Creek Band will be appearing at the Tonganoxie “Tongie Days” celebration on Saturday from 10:30 AM until noon in front of the bank on Main Street.  The we will return to the American Legion, 7500 West 75th St in Overland Park for our regular monthly dance at 7:00 PM on Saturday. Admission at the door will be $5.00 per person and bring your own snacks.

Of course we will be looking for everyone back at the BK Lounge on Tuesday evening at 6:30 PM.

Thanks to Nanette Marx and Dave & Jean Hightower for the photos.