The Gypsy Feet Band

Gypsy Feet Band w Charlie

(l to r, sitting) Greg Renfro, Dale Rucklos, Paul DeMarco, Jeff Ray. (l to right, standing) Charlie Alfero, Paul Hotvedt and Tony Prewit. (Photo: Jean Eisenhower)

Silver City’s Gypsy Feet Band is led by singer-songwriter Greg Renfro, who merits rave reviews from audiences, producers, and other singer-songwriters for his original folk-rock-Americana lyrics and music. 

“Really captures a great vibe…great songs, really beautiful,” wrote award-winning Texas singer-songwriter Terri Hendrix about the 2008 CD, Settle on In, of original music by Greg and Charlie Alfero. 

Greg’s music pays tribute to friendship, home, love, nature, and living in New Mexico and the Southwest – songs called “phenomenal” by Glenwoodstock festival producer, Jim Coates.  Audiences say of the CD, “still listen to it many years later” and “listened to it all the way back to Minnesota!”  New Mexico’s “legendary” Bill Hearne called Greg “a wonderful singer-songwriter.”

Living the first two-thirds of his life along the Missouri River, and now living between the Gila and Mimbres Rivers, Greg’s sense of place is enriched by the rivers which inspire many of his songs, from activist-themed, to humorous, to uplifting love of place.  His original songs, with a few rare classics mixed in, bring responses like, “always inspires the best feelings about Life!” and  “What our world needs more of!”

Appearing twice in the Tucson Folk Festival with Charlie Alfero and many other festivals and events around the Midwest and Southwest, Greg will appear for the second time with the Gypsy Feet Band in Silver City’s 7th Annual Pickamania! folk festival this September.  

Charlie Alfero, singer-songwriter, on mandolin, tenor guitar, and other mandolin-family instruments, as well as lead and harmony vocals, was a member of the original Gypsy Feet Band which packed dance venues in Silver City from 2006-2009.  Charlie shares the honors received for the Settle on In album produced with Greg.  He and Greg, as a duo, have performed from Tucson to Santa Fe and were honored to open the show for the Bill Hearne Trio at the beautiful Pinos Altos Opera House.

Bassist Jeff “Santa Rita Slim” Ray was “raised in space” in Santa Rita, New Mexico (his old neighborhood now an open pit mine).  Jeff’s musical career began in his teens, with the Gully Jumpers/Delk Family Band which performed throughout the region for decades, and was a co-founding member of the roots rock band Sleep ’Til Noon.  After a long career in Oregon, Jeff returns home with expanded musical vision, having played with the Vintage Blues Band and Junior Clark and others devoted to preservation of old-time mountain music and bluegrass.

Dale Rucklos, on guitar, is a solo recording artist with decades of experience also playing rock, folk, New Age, and jazz with bands and duos around the Midwest and now Southwest.

Paul DeMarco plays a variety of flutes, from classical to electronic, and has been sitting in with musicians from California to New Mexico including the original Gypsy Feet Band.

Tony Prewit, percussionist and artist in many genres, traveled the nation with various folk-rock bands.  A lifelong resident of Silver City, he’s welcomed as the newest member of the band, bringing tasteful proficiency on the congas.

Paul “Hot Licks” Hotvedt, on fiddle, is a multi-talented instrumentalist, also shining on guitar, percussion, keyboards, and vocals with many bands over the decades.  A stellar Irish fiddle player, he enhances the sound of this folk-rock-Americana group.

Coming up:

Pickamania-Logo_sm1PIckamania, Saturday, 12th, 12:15 – 1 pm, Gough Park, Silver City,

Diane’s Parlor, Friday, Sept 25th, 6-9 pm, historic downtown Silver City,

and more on the Schedule.

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