Sunday, March 18, 2007

St. Patty's Day At the Sportsman's Bar in Island Park, Idaho

Colt Angel called me yesterday morning to ask me if I wanted to play in Island Park. Lots of lead time! Anyway, I managed to get my stuff together and get down there in time. It's actually less than a 2 1/2 hour drive to the Sportsman's Bar and it was a gorgeous drive! Down 287 through Ennis and up the Madison River. I can't imagine a better way to spend my afternoon than taking a drive through Montana in the springtime.

Anyway, we had a great time down there, playing the old Country dance songs and a few originals. The crowd was very appreciative and I even sold a CD! You don't get many CD sales at a bar gig, normally. I thought of something I'm going to say at Bar gigs from now on though. Someone always wants to buy me a drink and I usually don't drink at all when I'm playing and certainly not when I'm facing a 2+ hour drive home. Anyway, instead of buying me two or three drinks during the night, just buy one of my CDs. you'll have something to show for your money and I'll be able to afford a little more gas!

I haven't played with a band for a long time. I'm so used to playing a single or maybe a duo with a rehearsed partner that the band thing is really different. It was a lot of fun and we clicked very well. Everything sounded as if we'd actually practiced...even my originals!

I've got a video of Colt at my youtube channel that you might enjoy.

Have fun out ther y'all!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Lee Earl Memorial Scholarship Gathering

The Lee Earl Memorial Scholarship Gathering was held in Lewiston, Idaho March 2 and 3, 2007. Somoe of the top Western performers in the Northwest attended and provided two full days of quality entertainment.

I can't list them all and won't even try. Even the night show had too many great performers for me to try listing them all as I'd just forget someone. I think everyone would agree that, once again, the High Strung Band was the highlight of the weekend. If CD sales are any indication, the audience thought so too as the HSB sold out before the main Saturday Night show was even over!

The whole weekend was a positive. We had a great time, spent some wonderful time with our friends and heard some great entertainment. Anyone of you out there who has a chance to go to one of these gatherings, Don't Miss Out!

Another Roxy Theater Benefit

Well, we had a great show at the Roxy theater in St. Anthony, Idaho on February 24th. We had a great audience and top notch performers. Bill Chiles, Colt Angell, Bill Hirshi and I all were there and we had a great response from everyone.

Here's a youTube video of Bill Chiles doing "The Queen of Diamonds"
and this one of him doing R.W. Hampton's "My Maria"

This is Colt Angell doing "The Wild Side"

On the way home, I went through West Yellowstone and checked out all the new snow they had been getting. When I went that way after the Elko show, everything was melting and there wasn't much left. This time, there was about 4 feet of snow on the ground and a town filled with exuberant snowmobilers and those who cater to them.