WHAT A GREAT SURPRISE WE HAD

when Garry Bichelmeyer came into the BK Lounge last night.  Still in a wheel chair but looking good and in good spirits.  He seemed very happy to be there, too.  He thanked everyone for all of the cards, phone calls and visits that he has had over the last several weeks of his confinement.  He was soon settled in behind a microphone and ready to take part in the evenings goings on.

Gary in wheelchairAs has become the norm for The BK Lounge at 6:30 on Tuesday evening; the Stranger creek Band kicked off the festivities with the Gordon Riley authored theme song titled, “Gordon’s Boogie #1″.  As soon as that was finished our lead singer, Larry Dean opened with Asleep At The Wheel’s hit, “Miles and Miles of Texas” and followed it with a song recorded by Gene Watson and Jack Greene titled, “Fourteen Karat Mind”.  Fiddle player, “Marvelous” Marvin Bredemeier stepped up quickly with “Milk Cow Blues” before lead guitar player Gordon Riley came to the microphone with George Jones’ “One Woman Man”.

Then, it was time for the high point of the evening.  For the first time in many weeks, Gary Bichelmeyer was called to the microphone.  He started with Billy Currington’s  ”People Are Crazy” followed with Kenny Rogers’ hit, “Ruby”. Next, he introduced a new song he wrote titled, “The Fight”.  Larry came back with one for the line dancers, the always popular George Strait hit, “Boot Scootin’ Boogie”.  Marvin returned with “The Waltz You Save For Me”.

It was time for our singing bass player, Mary Bichelmeyer then with Jeanne Pruett’s “Satin Sheets” and a song recorded by many including Patsy Cline, “I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still in Love With You”.  That closed the first half and we took an intermission.

Larry Dean opened the second half with Mel Tillis’ “Good Woman Blues” and Waylon Jennings’ “I’ll Go back To Her”.

Jerome Oberle was summoned then with his all-button accordion to begin with “In Heaven There Is No Beer”, “Bicyle Built For Two” and the always beautiful, “Harbor Lights” with Ron Fine lending his fine baritone voice for the vocals.  Next it was time for Ron Fine singing, “I Love You Because”, “I’ll Be Waiting On The Far Side of Jordan”.  Larry Dean joined him then on a wonderful version of “Jesus Hold My Hand” before Ron finished with “Where No One Stands Alone”.

Garry came back then with his often requested “Northern Star” and the popular, “One Room School House”.  Gordon stepped up with a requested “Won’t You Ride In My Little Red Wagon” and Wynne Stewart’s “Another Day, Another Dollar”.  Marvin returned with Hank Thompson’s “Rub-A-Dub Dub” and “Maiden’s Prayer”.  Larry closed the evening out then with Elvis Presley’s “All Shook Up”.

We hope to see you all next week back at the BK Lounge.  Be sure to check out the “Upcoming Events” on the home page of this site.  We have a lot of events coming up and you won’t want to miss any of them.

Thanks to Dave and Jean Hightower for the fine photo of Garry!

GARRY BICHELMEYER IS STILL MISSING!

Garry Is back in the Hospital this evening. Mary reports that he had another surgery to deal with the infection that he has been suffering with for some time now and they have not been able to get rid of.  She says he is feeling much better and is in good spirits and will probably get to come home  Tuesday.  We certainly hope so.

As usual the band kicked off the evenings festivities with the familiar Gordon Riley authored theme titled “Gordon’s Boogie #1″.  Lead singer, Larry Dean jumped right in with Willie Nelson’s “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain” followed by “You Don’t Know How Good You Got It”.  Fiddle player, “Marvelous” Marvin Bredemeier came to the microphone next playing, “Jersey Bounce” before Larry returned with Ray Price’s “Burning Memories”.  Mary Bichelmeyer moved to center stage singing, Johnny Tillotson’s “It Keeps Right On A Hurting” and the always popular, “Bill Bailey”.

Larry then asked lead guitar player, Gordon Riley to play and sing “Re-enlistment Blues” recorded by the late, great Merle Travis.  Marvin stepped up to perform Bob Wills’ “You Are The Only Star In My Blue Heaven”.

Jerome Oberle

The man with the amazing baritone voice, Ron Fine (above) was summoned to the microphone then.  He began with Waylon Jennings’ “Storms Never Last” followed with Buck Owens’ “Together Again” and finishing with a fine gospel, “Who Will Sing Over Me”

Bobby Shepherd

We were treated again tonight with the return of the fantastic Bluegrass singer from Arkansas, Bobby Shepherd.  Bobby was here about a month ago and thrilled us with his fine voice and really good flat-top guitar picking.  He opened with, “Nine Pound Hammer” and closed the first half with Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues”.

Marvin opened the second half with a rousing old fiddle number recorded by Woodie Guthrie and Hank Williams Sr. among others called, ”Bile Them Cabbage Down”.  Larry returned with  a new song that I had never heard but I think the title was, “Heart as heavy as a sack full of stone” followed with Tom T. Hall’s “Old Dogs, Children and Water Melon Wine”.

Larry Smith

Larry Smith (above) had unexpectedly came in to visit and was quickly welcomed to the stage to sing Johnny Cash’s, “I Walk The Line”, Merle Haggards, “Silver Wings”, Johnny Rodriguez’ ”Pass Me By” and ”Today I Started Loving You Again”.

Bobby Shepherd returned then to sing “Man of Constant Sorrow”, and a song recorded by many but I believe Marty Robbins had the big hit with “Don’t Worry About Me” and he finished with “Milk Cow Blues”.

Larry returned again to sing, “Rose of San Antone” and a requested Chuck Berry rock & Roll hit, Johnny B. Goode”.

Ron Fine came back to sing, “Lord Build Me A Cabin”, “Life Is Like A Mountain Railroad” and the beautiful “House of Gold”.  Bobby Shepherd was called back to close with “The Old Home Place” before the band closed the evening with the closing theme, “Gordon’s Boogie #2″.

I want to give credit where credit is due.  I never realized where the band picture at the top of our home page had come from.  I understand that Dave Hightower took that photo at last year’s Desoto Opry.  Thanks, Dave it is a fine picture of the Stranger Creek Band and Maggie Marx.

We hope to see you all back at the BK Lounge next Tuesday.  In the meantime, stay safe and healthy!

THE STRANGER CREEK BAND IS HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE TODAY

Duke Mason

That the outstanding singer, Duke Mason has agreed to appear at this years Desoto Opry to  be held on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the Community Center in Desoto KS. Duke is a very popular singer that appears regularly throughout the Midwest and in Memphis and Nashville.  He sounds a lot like Elvis Presley in fact he has appeared many times singing with the Jordanaires, Elvis’ back-up group.  A great gospel and country singer also, he is in high demand.  If you have not seen or heard this great musician, make plans to come out to the Desoto Opry and hear some great singing and playing.  To see and Hear Duke in action, scroll up to the “Links” and click on “to see and hear Duke Mason”.

Melissa & Sara2Also, we have confirmed that Melissa Petropoulis and her talented 11-year old daughter , Sara (above) will be on hand to entertain us.  Melissa is a very good singer and little Sara loves to be on stage.  It is a great pleasure to watch her having so  much fun.

Continue to watch this web site for more information and additional guests.

BACK AT THE GRINTER BARN JAMBOREE

Frankie Kaytonight.  We were honored to have one of Kansas City’s premier country musicians on hand to entertain us.  The great steel guitar player, Frankie Kay (pictured above) and he did a wonderful job as he always does.

As usual the band (still missing Garry Bichelmeyer but wife Mary reported that he was improving) kicked off the festivities with Gordon Riley’s “Gordon’s Boogie #1″. Larry Dean jumped in with “Summertime blues”, Elvis’ “Mystery Train” and George Strait’s “Write This Down”.  Marvin followed close behind with “Maiden’s Prayer” and the favorite “Milk Cow Blues”.  Next, Larry asked Gordon to play “Re-enlistment Blues”.  Frankie was called on then and he played, “Boot Heel Drag” and “Steel Guitar Rag”.  I’ll bet he has played that many times over the last 65 years.

Our singing bass player, Mary Bichelmeyer stepped up to the microphone with “Crazy Dreams” before Larry returned to sing, “For The Good Times”.  Frankie was called on then to sing and play a favorite song of his, “Sugar Moon” is always a great treat

That closed the first half and the band paused to mingle and visit with the fans.

Larry opened the second half with “Every Time I Roll The Dice” and Mary stepped back up with”Crazy Arms”.

Larry returned with Hank Williams’ hit, “Hey Good Lookin’” and things really came to life then when Stranger Creek’s famous (or perhaps I should say Infamous) dancing girls (Pictured below) made an appearance.

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(L-R Lou Braswell, Ann Rumsey, Tressa Jacobs, Rosie Inman)

They moved around the floor capturing different men in the audience to dance with them while Larry completed “Hey Good Lookin’” and moved on to a  line dance, “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” and “Too Cold At Home”.  The girls mysteriously disappeared then.

Frankie was called on with the rousing “You Get A Line, I’ll Get a Pole” and followed it with another lively, “Hand Me Down My Walkin’ Cane”.

Marvin returned with “Take Me Back To Tulsa”, Larry followed with the late George Jones’ “Choices”.  Gordon stepped up to answer a request for “When You And I Were Young Maggie” followed by Marvin with “Faded Love”, “Over The Waves Waltz” and “Memories Are Made Of This”.  Frankie came back with his fantastic steel guitar playing and singing Bill Haley’s hit “Shake Rattle and Roll”.  He followed that with “Yellow Dog Blues”.  Larry returned with George Strait’s “The Chair” before Frankie closed the show with “Panhandle Rag”.  Great job Frankie, we really enjoyed having you here.  Come back soon!

We hope to see everyone back at the BK Lounge next Tuesday for another great show.

Thanks to Lou Braswell and Jim Rumsey for the great photos.  We really appreciate them.

WE HAD A FEW HICCUPS GETTING SET UP

for the show last night.  We got to the BK Lounge and realized that we did not have enough extension cords to power all the amps and mixer.  Drummer John Malone saved the day with a 100 ft cord and we got that set up. Then we only had 3 microphones and 2 stands, we normally run 8 microphones on 5 stands.  But we made do and had some pretty good sound.

I had not expected a big crowd because of the baseball all-star game being on at the same time.  But at show time we had a good sized crowd on hand.  Lead guitar player, Gordon Riley was missing because he was up in Montana playing some shows with Curt Shoemaker and of course Garry is still missing.  Mary reported that he is coming along OK.  She has to administer 2 IV antibiotics that take 4 hours each every day.  Hopefully he will be off of that before long.  He wants to get back to playing with the band and I’m sure he will be back before long, we all hope.  We had a good substitute filling in for  Gordon in the person of Lee Baldwin.  Many thanks Lee, good Job!

We also had some outstanding guests on hand.  Ron Fine was in fine form, Jerome Oberle and his all-button accordion sounded really good.  Chuck and Sandy Parcher always are a big hit.

We hope to see everyone at the Grinter Jamboree on Thursday evening.  Our special guest will be the great steel guitar player, Frankie Kay.  Admission is only $5.00 per person, you will be able to purchase Nachos, hot dogs, chips and drinks from the snack bar all evening

See you all back at the BK Lounge again next Tuesday.

NO DANCE AT THE AMERICAN LEGION THIS SATURDAY!!

We want to be sure that all of our fans are aware that there will not be a dance at the American Legion this Saturday night.  The dance we had on the 4th of July was in place of the scheduled dance for this weekend.  We hope this does not cause anyone any difficulty or confusion and remember, we will return to the regular American Legion dance on Saturday, August 10 at 7500 West 75th Street in Overland Park.  We hope to see you all there and bring your friends.  As usual the cover charge will be $5.00 per person and bring your own snacks.

Everyone stay safe and healthy during this hot weather!

IN SPITE OF THE HOT WEATHER

we had a great turnout at the BK Lounge last night.  Garry Bichelmeyer was released from the Hospital late yesterday afternoon and then Mary had to go to the VA to get some prescriptions before taking him home.  Consequently, Garry and Mary were both absent last night.  Once again, a very fine bass player, Chuck Yates came out on short notice and filled in for Mary.  Thanks Chuck, great job.

The Stranger Creek  Band kicked the festivities off as usual with the Gordon Riley authored theme, “Gordon’s Boogie #1″.  First thing lead singer Larry Dean acknowledge three birthdays Rosie, Skylar and Don (I don’t know his last name) and sang “Happy Birthday” to all three.

Then we got the show moving with Larry singing Mark Chesnutt’s “Too Cold At Home” followed with Merle Haggard’s “You’ve Got A Friend In California”.  Fiddle player, “Marvelous” Marvin Bredemeier moved front and center to play the always popular, “Bonaparte’s Retreat” and “Kentucky Waltz”.

Our great lead guitar player, Gordon Riley stepped up next to sing and play Charlie Rich and Stonewall Jackson’s big hits, “Washed My Hands In Muddy Water”.  Larry returned to sing “Sixteen Candles” for Rosie.

Gordon returned to play Buck Owens’ “Buckaroo”.  Larry came back to the microphone to sing Frank Sinatra’s “It Had To Be You”, Carl Perkins’ “Honey Don’t” and closed the first half with a song he wrote a few years ago for our little Skylar titled “Skylar’s Song”.

Larry opened the second half with Brooks and Dunn’s popular line dance, “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” before calling Jerome Oberle up with his all-button accordion.  He opened with”Just Because”, the beautiful “Harbor Lights” and Patti Page’s “Tennessee Waltz”.

Ron Fine was summoned with his fabulous baritone voice to sing Willie’s “Remember Me” followed with Eddie Arnold’s “Make The World Go Away” and he finished with “Just When I needed You”

Larry Dean returned again with the late, great George Jones’ big hit, “He Stopped Loving Her Today”.  Gordon came back to play an old Bill Justis hit titled, “Honky Tonk” before Larry returned to the microphone with another George Jones hit, “The Grand Tour”.  “Marvelous” Marvin came front and center next with Bob Wills’ “Home In San Antone”.

Gordon returned to the vocal microphone with Willie’s “Ain’t It Funny How Time Slips Away” followed with the instrumental version of “Back Home In Indiana”.

Larry stepped up again with George Strait’s “Murder on Music Row” and answered a request from Skylar to sing Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode”.  Marvin and Larry returned to the microphone with George Strait’s “Amarillo by Morning”.

Ron and Jerome were invited back to the microphones to join the band with “Lord Build Me A Cabin” before Larry closed the show with a requested Vern Gosdin’s “Jesus Hold My Hand”.

The band closed the show with the closing theme, “Gordon’s Boogie #2″.

We hope to see you all next week and many thanks to Chuck Yates for coming out on such short notice.

GOOD MUSIC, GOOD FOOD AND A GREAT CROWD

at the American Legion 4th of July festivities Thursday!  After a wonderful meal of Hamburgers, Hot Dogs or Pulled Pork with baked beans and salad we settled in for a few hours of good country music and dancing.

We were still missing our resident song writer and singer, Garry Bichelmeier.  His wife Mary reported that Garry was back in the hospital where he had undergone another surgery to rid him of some infection behind  the original incision.  She said he was already feeling much better and should be home by this weekend.  It sure will be nice to see him back behind the microphone again soon.

The remainder  of the band members pitched in as usual and put on a wonderful show.  Present was a near capacity crowd of fans that kept the dance floor filled with nearly every song all afternoon.

Everyone had so much fun that they are already talking about doing it again next 4th of July, too.  That will be the fourth year of celebrating the 4th this way.

WE WERE STILL MISSING GARRY BICHELMEYER

At the BK Lounge last night.  He continues to recover at home and plans to be back with us soon.  As soon as the band finished with the usual theme, “Gordon’s Boogie #1″ written by lead guitar player Gordon Riley; lead singer, Larry Dean jumped in with the old Louie Armstrong favorite, “Jelly Roll Blues”.  He followed it with George Strait’s “Write This Down”.

Our great fiddle player, “Marvelous” Marvin Bredemeier took the microphone then with “Panhandle Rag” before Larry returned to sing “Careless Hands” that was recorded by the late Slim  Whitman among others.

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By then it was time for our 16 year old singing sensation, Maggie Marx (ab0ve) to take front and center stage.  She opened with the Judd’s “Rockin’ With The Rhythm of the Rain”.

Allie Marx

Then, her 14 year sister, pretty Allie Marx (above) joined in for a duet performance of Reba McIntyre’s “How Blue”.  Another great talent seems to be moving up!!  Great job Allie!

Maggie continued with, LeAnn Rimes’ “Blue” and one of my favorites, “Faded Love” before she finished with Lorrie Morgan’s “Except for Monday”.

Next to the microphone was a friend that we had not seen in too long.  Chuck Palcher stepped up with Hank Williams’ “Your Cheatin’ Heart” and Ray Price’s “Crazy Arms”.  Gordon followed with “Another Day Another Dollar” before Sandy Palcher took the microphone singing George Morgan’s great hit, “Candy Kisses” and closed the half with Jeanne Pruett’s “Satin Sheets”.

A new entertainer that I was not familiar with opened the second half.  Tom Winborn (above) accompanied by Lee Baldwin playing lead guitar was great singing Haggard’s “Working Man Blues” and George Jones’ huge hit, “He Stopped Loving Her Today”.  Great Job Tom, we hope to see you again soon.

Jerome Oberle was summoned to the microphone with his all-button accordion to play, “In Heaven There Is No Beer”, “Springtime In The Rockies” and “Pennsylvania Polka”.  Jerome is always enjoyed by our fans and tonight was no different.

Larry Dean returned with a song that I think was a Verne Gosdin hit, “Who Are You Going To Blame It On This Time” before he called on Maggie to return to the stage.

She began with Kris Kristofferson’s “Me and Bobby McGee” and Wynona’s “Grandpa” before

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calling her boyfriend, Houston St John (above with Maggie) to join her singing Elvis’ ”Don’t Be Cruel” then he followed with a solo, Elvis’ “Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear”.  Maggie finished with Martina’s “Broken Wing”.  Maggie and Houston are 2 of the 10 finalists who will be competing in the KC Superstar competition on August 25.  First prize is a $7500 college scholarship.  I’m sure all of our fans will be cheering for both of these talented kids.

Larry returned again to sing Glenn Miller’s “It Had To Be You” before Gordon came back with his own “Pickin’ My Fingers To The Bone”.  Bud Marley (below) was called up next to sing “Here At Home Til Closing Time”

Bud Marley

Larry came back one more time to answer a request for Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode”.

Our singing bass player, Mary Bichelmeyer stepped up with the gospel, “Just A Closer Walk With Thee” before the band closed the festivities with the closing theme also written by Gordon titled, “Gordon’s Boogie #2″.

Thanks to all of our guest entertainers.  What a great group of talented people!

We hope to see you all at the American Legion, 7500 West 75 in Overland Park from 2:00 til 6:00 on July 4 for some good music and dancing  before heading out to Watch the fireworks!!

Have a safe Holiday!

Thanks again to Dave and Jean Hightower for the great pictures!