As usual, we had a good crowd on hand tonight for the weekly show at the BK Lounge.  It was a good show with our regular guest, Jerome Oberle entertaining with his all button accordion.  Everyone loves to dance the polkas and waltzes that he plays so well.  We also had the pleasure of hearing Melissa Weeks who is a very good singer that has came to our program the last few weeks.  The regular members of the band also put on an outstanding program as is usual.

The big news of the night came as we prepared for the last song and our great lead singer and band leader, Larry Dean Inman (photo below) announced that this would be what he called his swan song.  He said he is going to retire after 20 years and he and wife Rosie are going to travel and do some other things for awhile.

Larry DeanHis departure is indeed going to leave a huge hole in our musical group.  Larry and Rosie have both put a lot of work and effort into the success of the Stranger Creek band and they both will be sorely missed.

Rosie InmanRosie (Picture above) has worked tirelessly behind the scene for the band and is a welcome presence for nearly every performance.

Larry did say that he will be back to work our New Years Eve dance at the American Legion located at 7500 West 75 Street in Overland Park.  We hope that he will continue to return occasionally as a Very Special Guest entertainer.

Larry and Rosie, we wish you all the luck in the world and much enjoyment in whatever endeavors you undertake in the future and know that you are welcome to come back to us anytime!


Band at DeSoto OpryOne of the best shows I have seen was the Desoto Opry presented by the Desoto United Methodist Church last Saturday night. After some great food provided by the Church Youth and Methodist Women, the crowd moved into the Auditorium to get seated in anticipation of a great country music show.  Everyone seemed excited about about our advertised Special Guests.

The Stranger Creek Band ably warmed things up to start with a rousing hoedown by the great fiddle player, Marvin Bredemeier.  Lead  Singer Larry Dean followed with a great rendition of George Strait’s  ”Ace In The Hole”.   After about three or four more songs, The Beautiful and talented Maggie Marx (picture below) was summoned to the stage.

Maggie at Desoto opryAs usual, Maggie was welcomed by the audience as she approached the microphone.  No one was disappointed as she performed “”Why haven’t I Heard From You”, “It’s A  Little To Late To Do The Right Thing Now” and “Stand By Your Man”.  She would return in the second half.

Melissa at desoto opryAfter a couple of songs from our resident song-writer, Garry Bichelmeyer,  Melissa Petropoulos (above photo) was called to the stage.  She sang Guy Mitchell’s old hit “Singing The Blues” and Sammi Smith’s “Help Me Make It Through The Night” and then summoned her eleven year old daughter, Sara(below photo).  They teamed teamed up to sing Miranda Lambert’s “White Liar”.  These pretty ladies received a tremendous applause when they finished.

Sara at desoto opryIt was time then for our main attraction of the evening.  Duke Mason, a singer well known all around the central U.S. for his great singing talent as well as being a great Elvis Presley sound-alike (Picture below).  He came up with Elvis’ “Little Sister”

Duke at desoto opryand ”Back On My Mind”, “Promised Land” and “Kiss An Angel Good Morning”.  Duke often appears with Elvis’ back up group, the Jordanaires and has appeared in at least two movies.  He is a very popular entertainer and always in great demand.  He and his lovely wife, Stephanie, travel extensively throughout the area to multiple appearances nearly every week.

His appearance was followed by a 30-minute intermission and the audience was told there was some delicious home made pie in the kitchen for sale.  It was indeed delicious and just about any kind you might want.

I want to take this opportunity to give a special “Thanks” to our Pastor, Rev. Jan Justice for her great work on the keyboard through-out the show and also “Thanks” to Pastor Justice and Tammy Jones for a wonderful job singing harmony to back up the singers during the program.  Very good Ladies!

Larry Dean opened the second half with Vern Gosdin’s “Set ‘Em Up Joe” and George Strait’s “All My Exes Live In Texas”.

Melissa was called back front and center again and treated us all with Emmy Lou Harris’ “Blue Kentucky Girl” before calling Sara up to join her.  Sara is going to be an entertainer, she loves to be on stage and singing with her Mom.  They teamed up first on “Sugar Moon” and then a rousing “Who’s Cheatin’ Who”.

They left the stage to enthusiastic applause from an appreciative audience.

After a couple of songs from the band, Maggie was summoned back to the microphone.   I had to wonder if we could have been any luckier with the array of outstanding talent we had on hand for tonight’s program.  Maggie performed four songs before Duke was summoned back to a big round of welcoming applause.  He obviously had a good time joking and carrying on with the band for  awhile.  He sang some more Elvis songs plus Roy Clark’s “Thank God and Greyhound”.

Gordon and Marvin were called on to play the fabulous “Orange Blossom Special”.  Wow! what great musicians they are!

The entire cast was brought up then to assist Maggie close the show with “How Great Thou Art”

What a wonderful night we had with some of the best musicians around entertaining us.

The Stranger Creek Band and the Desoto United Methodist Church wants to thank everyone who had anything to do with helping with this show and to all of our wonderful fans that came to listen and cheer us on.

A special Thank You to all of our guests and we hope we see you all again soon.

Many, Many Thanks to Dave and Jean Hightower for the great pictures.  We appreciate all the help you give us!

We hope we get to do the fourth annual Desoto Opry for everyone again next year.  Please plan to join us then!


The Stranger Creek Band put on a great show for the Grinter people last night.  Those present were enthusiastic about the music they heard and many chose to keep the dance floor occupied.  Several songs that we either had not heard before or it had been a long time since they used them.

Several months ago, I think about May or June a man came in to the BK Lounge one night and kind of stood around awhile listening to the Stranger Creek Band.  During the intermission he came up and asked if we ever allowed people to come in off the street and sing for us.  After some hesitation he was told he could play and sing a couple of songs.  What a surprise we got.  This guy is GREAT! His name is Bobby Shepherd and he is a wonderful Bluegrass singer and flat top guitar picker.  He lives in Arkansas and his work occasionally brings him to the Kansas City area. When here he always stops by to entertain us.  What a pleasure it is to see and hear him every time.  Last night it was great to see him come in to the Grinter Barn.  The audience loved him and he received a great reception.  When the show ended he wandered to the front and picked up Garry’s banjo.  We soon found out that he is also a fantastic banjo player.  He sat there and played several tunes while the rest of us took band equipment down and prepared to go home.  What a talent he is!

It was announced last night that there will be no Grinter Barn jamboree in November, December, January or February.  We will see you back at the barn in March and we will kick off  what we hope to be a great new season.

We hope to see everyone at the Desoto Opry Saturday night.  It should be a great show.


We had an outstanding crowd to open the show.  The lounge was very near capacity when the Stranger Creek Band kicked off the festivities with the familiar Gordon Riley composed, “Gordon’s Boogie #1″.  It didn’t take long for the people present to get into the music and fill the dance floor.

We were blessed with no less than ten guests on hand to entertain.  First to be called up was Melissa Petropoulos and her 11-year old daughter, Sara.  This great duo performed about four songs for us and were interrupted by appreciative applause several times.  Sara hasn’t been singing in public long but it seems she is quickly becoming a seasoned performer and she loves to be on stage.

Next to be called up was the always popular Jerome Oberle with his all-button accordion.  Our audience loves to dance to his expertly played polkas.  He played to the end of the first half of our show but he would appear again later in the second half.

A crowd favorite, Chuck Parcher and his wife, Sandy took their turns at the microphone before a friend of Chuck’s and an entertainer new to us, Bill Johnson stepped up and did an outstanding job singing two or three songs.  It was time then for Ron Fine, a great tenor singer to move front and center for a couple of songs.

I don’t remember the exact order of appearance but a fine singer that we had not seen in too long was up, Judy Ingles was welcomed with a great applause.  We also had another singer new to us and I am sorry that I did not get her last name but the first name was also Judy; she was a wonderful singer and we hope to see her again soon.

Melissa Weeks returned with a couple of wonderful songs.  Melissa first came to us a couple of weeks ago and is a very good singer.

Last up was a fantastic Blue Grass style entertainer, Bobby Shepherd.  Bobby lives in Arkansas but his work occasionally brings him to the Kansas City area.  It is always a welcome treat to have him stop by and show us his great talent.   Come back anytime Bobby!!  I also overheard that he may be at the Grinter Barn Jamboree on this coming Thursday night.

It was a great show and the band performed an outstanding show as usual.  Thanks to all of our guests and we hope to see all of them again soon.

Please make plans to join us this Saturday night at the annual Desoto Opry in DeSoto, Kansas where we will be performing a benefit for the DeSoto United Methodist Church.  Appearing with us for this show will be Melissa and Sara Petropoulos; Sixteen year old singing sensation, the beautiful Maggie Marx and an artist well known all around the mid-west, Duke Mason is an amazing Elvis Presley sound alike among many other singing talents.  He is a wonderful entertainer.  We hope to see you all there.


Located at 7500 West 75th Street in Overland Park was last Saturday night, October 5, 2013.  The crowd was smaller than usual but those present seemed to enjoy dancing and we had a good group on the dance floor for nearly every song.

We welcomed Chuck Yates playing the bass filling in for Mary Bichelmeyer who was in Kentucky with her family.  Great job as usual Chuck, thanks for your help.

Lead singer, Larry Dean opened the festivities with Freddie Hart’s “The Key is in the Mailbox” and followed it with George Strait’s “Does Ft. Worth Ever Cross Your Mind”.  Our resident song writer, Garry Bichelmeyer stepped to the microphone then to sing “I still Miss Someone”; recorded by Johnny Cash in 1958 and he followed that with a song of his own creation titled, “Losing You”.  Fiddle player, “Marvelous” Marvin Bredemeier came up next with his great fiddle to play “The Westphalia Waltz”.  Our talented lead guitar player, Gordon Riley moved to the microphone to sing Buck Owen’s “Close All the Honky Tonks”.

A great, talented special guest was summoned front and center then, Ron Fine stepped up with “Just Someone I used to know” recorded as a duet by Dolly Parton and Porter Waggoner.   He followed that with “Together Again” and “A Fool Such As I”.

Larry returned with Alan Jackson’s “Loves Gotta Hold On You” and Don Gibson’s “Sea Of Heartbreak”.   Garry returned singing, “One Raindrop on the River” and “stand By Me” to close the first set and we took an intermission.

Our talented lead singer, Larry Dean opened the second set with Buddy Holly’s “That’ll Be the Day” and Elvis’  “All Shook Up” and finishing with “Ace In the Hole”.  Garry returned to the microphone with another of his own creations titled, “I Must Have been Out of My Mind” and “Is Anybody Goin To San Antone”.

Ron Fine was summoned back to the microphone to sing “Beggin’ to You” and “Fraulein”.  Next to be called to the microphone was a great singer, Danny Contreras singing Freddie Fender’s, “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” and “I didn’t Know God Made Honky Tonk Angels” followed by “Don’t Be Cruel” and ”Charlie’s Shoes” to close the set for a short intermission.

Larry opened the third set with Ricky Skaggs’ “Hiway 40 Blues” before calling up another special guest named Chuck Parcher to sing Ned Miller’s “From a Jack to a King” followed by a couple of Ray Price numbers, “For the Good Times” and “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me”.

“Marvelous” Marvin Bredemeier  returned then too play the popular, “Milk Cow Blues” before Chuck’s wife, Sandy Parcher came up to sing George Morgans, “Candy Kisses”  and Jeanne Pruett’s “Satin Sheets”.

Garry returned with requests for a couple of songs he wrote titled, “Northern Star” and “Nodaway River”,  Larry joined him then with a banjo and together they did a fine rendition of Hank Snow’s “Miller’s Cave”.  to close the set.

The fourth set was opened by Garry signing “Heartaches by the Number” and “Detroit City”.  Larry returned then singing Jack Greene’s “Statue of a Fool” and Merle Haggard’s  “I Can’t Be Myself” followed with George Jones’ big hit, “He Stopped Loving Her Today”, “Talk Back Trembling Lips”,  Jim Reeves’ “He’ll Have To Go”.  He closed the show with Charlie Pride’s “Crystal Chandeliers” and another Merle Haggard hit, “Ramblin’ Fever”

The Stranger Creek Band then closed tonight’s show with the familiar closing theme written by Gordon Riley and titled, “Gordon’s Boogie #2″

A big thanks to all of our special guests for the fine entertainment!


was on hand when the Stranger Creek Band kicked off the BK Lounge weekly show on Tuesday evening.

It was good to have  Mr. Chuck Yates, a great bass player, filling in for Mary Bichelmeyer again while she was back in Kentucky helping family.

As usual,  The band opened the show with the familiar Gordon Riley written theme titled “Gordon’s Boogie #1″.  As soon as that was finished, lead singer Larry Dean jumped in with Travis Tritt’s  “T.R.O.U.B.L.E.” and the late Conway Twitty’s hit, “Tight Fittin’ Jeans”.  He finished with the old hit by the Platters “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”.

Fiddle player, Marvin Bredemeier stepped up then to perform Hank Williams’ hit “Move It On Over” and I don’t know why but Larry Dean came back to sing “Move It On Over”.  Next up was our resident song writer, Garry Bichelmeyer who sang the B. J. Thomas hit, “One Raindrop”.  Then, he was joined by Larry with the banjo to sing the Soggy Bottom Boys, “In The Jailhouse Now”.

Lead guitar player, Gordon Riley was up to sing “Pass Me By If You’re Only Passing Through” by George Jones and he followed that with Willie Nelson’s “Funny How Time Slips Away”.

“Marvelous” Marvin was up then to play and sing Bob Wills’ “Home In San Antone” before Larry Dean returned with Randy Travis’ “1982″.

Our great special guest, Ron Fine was called up front then to sing David Allen Coe’s “Storms Never Last” and Jim Reeves’ “I Love You Because”.  What a voice he has, it’s great!  That took us to intermission.

Larry opened the second half with Marty Robbins’ “Red River Valley” before calling Jerome to the front with his all-button accordion.  Jerome always does a fantastic job with, “Sentimental Journey”, “In Heaven There Is No Beer” and finished with the “Blue Skirt Waltz”.

We hadn’t seen our next guest in quite a long time.  Bud Marley came to the microphone and sang Merle Haggard’s “Swingin’ Doors” and “Miller’s Cave” by Bobby Bare.  Another guest that we had not seen in too long was Sandy Parcher who came up and sang George Morgan’s big hit, “Candy Kisses”and Jeanne Pruett’s “Satin Sheets”. Her husband, Chuck Parcher followed her to the microphone next with Hank Williams’ “Your Cheatin’ Heart”, followed with a couple of Ray Price hits, “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me”  and “Crazy Arms”.

Garry returned to answer a request for his own “Losing You” and Waylon Jennings’ “Wurlitzer Prize”.  Larry and Rosie joined him then singing “You Are My Sunshine” with Larry playing the banjo.  Larry continued to play and sing Chuck Berry’s “Mabelline”.  Ron Fine was called back to join voices with Larry singing, “Jesus Hold My Hand” before Larry closed the show with Haggard’s “Get Your Mind Off Yourself”.

Everyone remember that our monthly dance at the American Legion located at 7500 West 75th Street in Overland Park will be held one week early.  The October dance will be on Saturday. October 5.  $5.00 admission and bring your own snacks.  We will play from 7:00 to 11:00 PM for our dancing and listening pleasure.  See you there!!