Be There! High Noon!

Hey Friends,

Pickamania-Logo_sm1Gotta ask something of ya’s – We need you to be at Gough Park on Saturday by noon, or 12:15 at the latest!

That’s when the (new) Gypsy Feet Band will take the stage (2nd act of the day) at Silver City’s 7th Annual Pickamania!

We’ve been working with all our hearts on our all-original set, songs written by myself and by Charlie Alfero, and we’re WAY jazzed!

DSC05609In case you haven’t heard us in awhile, we now have a 7-piece band!  Our folk-rock-Americana is filled out with not only guitars and Charlie’s mandolin and Jeff Ray’s bass, but with congas, flute, and fiddle – a tight, rockin’ sound that’s guaranteed to move your dancin’ feet!

So come on out and support your home-town (and regionally-important) folk festival – and us!

See you in the park ~

Let’s all have a great weekend ~  (And pray to send any rain on Saturday and Sunday into the Gila Wilderness.)

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Greg

PS  Friday, I’ll be playing bass with elder bluesman Scott van Linge and drummer Rodney Henderson (The Loose Blues Band) at Diane’s Parlor, 510 N Bullard, downtown Silver City, 6-9 pm.

Four Different Performances this Weekend and Next

Hey Friends ~

As we’re planning our weekends, I thought I’d let you know I’m looking forward to four different sorts of performances:  with the new Gypsy Feet Band, with the Loose Blues Band, solo, and with Charlie and few guest musicians still to be determined. Hope to see you soon!

20150410_205752Friday, 24th, 6-9 pm:  Greg and Charlie and the Gypsy Feet Band will perform original folk and favorite folk-rock covers at Diane’s Parlor, 510 N Bullard, in Silver City’s downtown historic district.  Fine food and drink, and fine folks.

Saturday, 25th, 6:30- 9 pm: The Loose Blues Band will play classic blues, rock, country and folk at Diane’s Parlor, 510 N Bullard, in Silver City’s downtown historic district.  Fine food and drink, and fine folks.

Thursday, 30th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm:  Greg will play a couple of solo sets of original folk-rock and favorite rare folk-rock covers at Diane’s Parlor, 510 N Bullard, in Silver City’s downtown historic district.  Fine food and drink, and fine folks.

Saturday, August 1st, 9 – 11 am:  Greg and friends (assorted members of the Gypsy Feet Band) will perform original folk and favorite folk-rock covers at the Farmers Market, east of Bullard Street between 7th and 8th Streets in downtown Silver City.

Thanks for supporting local music ~

Love and Peace,

Greg

rockhoundnight4PS  In coming weeks, we have gigs at The Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery, Rockhound State Park, Pickamania, and the Festival of the Written Word!   To see the full schedule, click here.

Earth Day’s 45th Anniversary – and more

Greg n Cindy body crop45 years ago, I was just 19 when I played a few songs for the very first Earth Day – I celebrated in Springfield, Missouri, finishing my first year of college.  (This tintype photo was taken about that time in Silver Dollar City, MO, at one of those tourist places that loan vintage clothes for the pic.)

Last Tuesday, invited to play a few songs on Earth Matters, I reprised one of those songs from my first Earth Day performance – “Mother Earth.”  If you missed the show Tuesday morning, it covered all the local Earth Day events and will be re-broadcast this Thursday, April 16, 8 pm on KURU, 89.1 FM or streaming live on GMCR.org (8 pm MDT).

This Saturday, if you’re celebrating Earth Day, I expect I’ll see you (my Silver City friends) at Gough Park, downtown, where activities will be going on from 10 am til 2 pm.  I’ll be playing with Charlie Alfero and the newly revived Gypsy Feet Band – Jeff “Santa Rita Slim” Ray, Dale Rucklos, and Paul DeMarco – from 11 to noon that day.  See ya there.

20150410_181927Saturday evening, the Gypsy Feet Band will play again at Diane’s Parlor, 510 N Bullard Street, in beautiful downtown Silver City.  Free.  Fine food and drink, and fine folks.  6:30 – 9-ish.

greg n scott @dianesSunday, 19th, 1-3 pm:  The Loose Blues Band will perform classic blues, rock, folk, and country at Yankie Creek Coffee House, Texas and Yankie Streets, in the heart of the downtown arts district, Silver City.  Free.

IMG_2782Our gardens are blooming and might be calling us to stay home, but let’s get out this Saturday and celebrate the beauty with our local communities!

And thanks for supporting local music!

Love and Peace to you all,

Greg

Greg and Charlie revive Gypsy Feet Band with new members!

Happy spring, Everyone!

I realize I haven’t blogged since January – but winter’s a time for quiet.

Now it’s spring, and life is reborn!

To start things off, here’s a copy of a recent media release, to give some history of the old Gypsy Feet Band and its new revival:

SILVER CITY, NM — “Greg & Charlie” – Greg Renfro and Charlie Alfero – have been performing as a folk-rock duo in and around Silver City since 2002 (13 years!) and have recently been joined by three other musicians.  And they’ve revived the name of a band they were part of from 2004 − 2009 – the folk-rock dance quartet known as the “Gypsy Feet Band.”

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Shems Nickle (l), Charlie Alfero (in the cowboy hat!), Ed Teja (in the bowler hat!), and Greg Renfro opening the first Pickamania Sunday.

Those who’ve been around Silver City for a while will remember the old Gypsy Feet Band, with Ed Teja on electric lead guitar, Renfro on guitar and bass, Alfero on mandolin, and Shems Nickle on djembe.  The band performed some of Renfro’s folk-rock originals along with classic danceable rock favorites and were booked regularly at the Twisted Vine and Isaac’s in Silver City, the Buckhorn Saloon in Pinos Altos, and were selected to open the first-ever Pickamania Sunday.

The quartet eventually disbanded as many bands do, and Teja, returning to his gypsy ways, went to live in Cambodia with his artist wife Dagny Sellorin for a couple of years.  Today they’ve returned to Silver City, but Teja has hung up his guitars in favor of writing.  Nickles plays today with Sufi musicians, notably singer and guitarist Gayana, most recently at Yankee Creek Coffee House.

Renfro and Alfero first picked instruments together in 2002 when Greg had a regular Friday night gig in the patio of the original Vicki’s Restaurant on Texas and Yankee Streets.  Soon they were performing as “Greg and Charlie,” and in 2008, they recorded their first album of original music, Settle On In, and have performed at many local and regional venues, including repeat invitations to the OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGlenwoodStock Festival, the Tucson Folk Fest, and events in Socorro and Santa Fe.

The duo had no intentions of reviving a band, but as happens, they’ve been joined occasionally by local musicians, and some have clicked and stayed around:  Jeff “Santa Rita Slim” Ray on bass, Dale Rucklos on guitar, and Paul DeMarco on flute.  The sound is not only bigger and more danceable, but wonderfully complex.  Ray has experience in country, roots rock, vintage blues, mountain music, and bluegrass – and has been playing around the area since high school with notable groups such as the Delk Family Band.  Rucklos brings a jazz-inspired sensibility with a diverse background in rock, jazz, blues, and country.  DeMarco, who has been performing with musicians in the area for thirty years, expands the sound with his collection of flutes.

GFB 15-3-23People began to quip that the still-coalescing group was reminiscent of the old “Gypsy Feet Band.”  With the addition of three more names to the mix, promotions got more cumbersome, and one day audience assessment won out, and Renfro and Alfero decided to revive the Gypsy Feet Band name.  It was first used for a gig at Diane’s Parlor the night of Friday, March 27, 2015.

Renfro and Alfero plan to record a second album of original music this year, expanding their sound with the new Gypsy Feet musicians and possibly others.

“Greg and Charlie and the Gypsy Feet Band” will perform next at Diane’s Parlor on Friday evening, April 10th, 6-9 pm, and are booked there three more times before the end of May: April 18, May 1, and May 22 – all at Diane’s.  And they’re also scheduled to play the Rockhound State Park near the Florida Mountains southeast of Deming on August 15th as a part of the “Music Under the Stars” series.

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Playing twice today!

Hi Friends,

Just thought I’d let you know I’m playing twice today with Scott van Linge (Loose Blues Band duo) – classic blues, country, folk, and rock:

greg n scott @dianesSaturday 24th, 2-4 pm: at Yankie Creek Coffee House, Yankie and Texas Streets, Free.

Saturday 24th, 6-9 pm: at Diane’s Parlor, 510 N Bullard Street, downtown Silver City.  Free.

Come on out and help heat things up!

Last 2 Performances of 2014

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Friday, 6-9 pm:  Folk-Rock Americana by Greg and Charlie with Jeff Ray standing in on bass, tonight, 6-9 pm, at Diane’s Parlor, downtown Silver City, 510 N Bullard Street.

Saturday afternoon, 1 – 5 pm:  Dale Rucklos hosts a variety of musicians for an afternoon of holiday music at Yankee Creek Coffee House.  Greg and Jean will take the stage for a few songs between 2 – 3 pm.

“Rebel Jesus – and other songs and stories of the season”

I hope you all are enjoying this beautiful autumn as much as I am.  And if you’re in the mood for socializing with music, I’d like to invite you to one or both of performances I’m involved in this weekend – including one special concert.

GnCnJSaturday night, December 6, 6-9 pm
Greg and Charlie (Charlie Alfero and I) will perform with bassist Jeff Ray and guitarist Dale Rucklos at Diane’s Parlor, 510 N. Bullard, downtown Silver City.  Fine food and drink, fine folks, and a rocking’ good time with our mandolin-guitar mix of original folk/Americana and favorite rare folk-rock covers.

(OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt seems we must have missed the anniversary, but Charlie and I have been performing together for over ten years now!  We have one album, Settle On In, and our work has been included in five compilations!  And we’ve never stopped having fun!  Thanks for a great decade, Charlie!)

Sunday afternoon, December 7, 1-3 pm, Greg and Jean
 (with Jeff Ray on bass) will perform a special concert “Rebel Jesus – and other songs and stories of the season – of holy days, apocalypse, and Gila River defense” – a long title, but there’s a lot going on that deserves a song!

rebel jesus posterFirst, Jean wants everyone to know that the word apocalypse means “the revealing” or “the time when we see clearly.”  Isn’t that just what our world is waiting for – now?  And lucky for us, some of our favorite songwriters – Jackson Brown, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young, in particular – have written some phenomenal songs about mystical events, cataclysmic events, and opening our eyes – songs that need to be heard and remembered.

The season of Gila River defense has inspired us to gather a collection of river songs, including my one-and-only protest song from the days I worked to help protect the Merrimac River in Missouri (and the famous, huge Onondaga Cave below it from being flooded) from a dam.  Like a lot of protest music, it pokes good fun at engineers and bureaucrats.  (We’ll begin the show with these.)

We have another fun original song very few in New Mexico have heard, about a flood I endured on the Missouri River – downstream from a whole slew of dams, dikes, diversions, and engineers!  “High Water Refugee” is the song, and it was also the name of a band I had for years back in the 80s. Looking forward to reviving it for you all!

Finally, the season of giving will finish up the show with Jackson Browne’s classic “Rebel Jesus” and Peter Mayer’s “Holy Now.”

GnJnJ croppedYankee Creek Coffee House is a wonderful place to hang and chat and visit, and early birds can grab the sofa!  Coffee, tea, and baked goods.  Perfect Sunday afternoon?

Welcome also the Rain!
Support local music!

~ Greg

PS  Don’t miss the grand opening of “It Takes a Village” non-for-profit shop across from Javalina’s on Texas and Market – this Saturday, Dec 6.

“Rebel Jesus” and other songs and stories of the season…

rebel jesus posterApocalypse:  ORIGIN Old English, via Old French and ecclesiastical Latin from Greek apokalupsis, from apokaluptein uncover, reveal, from apo- un- + kaluptein to cover

i.e. the time when things will be revealed….

Full Moon Energy, New Video, & Upcoming Performance

Big thanks to Jeff Ray for taking some phone-camera videos of Charlie and me last Saturday at the Yankie Creek Coffee House, here in Silver City, NM.

I’d like to share this video of my song about being away and coming “Home again.”  (Second song on the page)  Hope you like it!

The Waxing Gibbous Moon energy of the last week has kept us up late many nights and working most of Sunday redesigning my website.  I’m so excited about the changes (Thank you, Jean Ann~ ), I want to point out that my site’s now both more attractive with things easier to find, but we can now listen to recordings of my original songs and watch videos of some performances without leaving my site and having to deal with the quirks of YouTube and other sites.

I hope you’ll check out the rest of the site, “like” things, comment, share, and subscribe if you haven’t already.  Thanks ~  (You can unsubscribe, of course, at anytime.)

I intend to be more regular about posting.  I’m going to aim for one short post like this once a week.

Just to scan all the post titles on the right column of this site is a heady flashback to all the great shows and guests Jean and I hosted over 5 months on “Silver City Acoustic” (on our local community radio station, Gila-Mimbres Community Radio) – including Lloyd Maines (Grammy award-winning producer and phenomenal musician I’ve been admiring for decades) and Terry Hendrix (award-winning Texas singer-songwriter I’ve come to appreciate immensely) and many, many more amazing guests, local and touring, that we had the pleasure to meet.

Speaking of local and touring musicians, did you know our own, local, amazing bluesman Jammin’ Jeff used to tour with Bo Diddley for twenty-some years!?  Yeah!  What a great couple of shows we had with Jeff in the studio.  Hope to do it again.

Coming up:  this Saturday, I’ll play bass with friends, luthier and bluesman Scott van Linge and killer percussionist Rodney Henderson – as The Loose Blues Band9-11 am at the Farmer’s Market – one of the last markets of the year.

There are still tables piled high with the last of summer harvest, so don’t miss it!  Not only do you get to buy the best food available in our world, but then you can relax, enjoy some music, even dance, and reconnect with friends and acquaintances on this wonderful Harvest Moon weekend before we all huddle indoors for the winter!  It’s still nice to be outside on a Silver City morning!  Hope to see you there.

Quick look ahead:  Charlie Alfero and I, perhaps with guests, will be playing at Diane’s Parlor the last two Fridays of this month, the 24th and 31st (Halloween – costumes?), 6-9 pm.  Expect fun!

 

New Design Here

Hope you enjoy the new design!  Jean’s been slaving over the keyboard today, and I’ve been making sure she’s fed.

Along the way, we’ve discovered a few favorite items we just had to re-share, this being the waxing gibbous moon and all….

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Hosting award-winning singer/songwriter Terri Hendrix and Grammy award-winning Lloyd Maines on “Silver City Acoustic” on our local community radio.

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Still Buzzin’….. From Santa Fe to Socorro to Dianes!

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One of my favorite live recordings of “Ode to Billy [the Kid]” in a crowded Diane’s Parlor: