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.)

120810 Charles&Greg 020crLove and Peace,

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.

“It Makes Sense to Me” – new recording

DSC04758Hi Ya’ll ~

And thanks, from Jean, Jeff, and myself, to everyone who came out to our performance yesterday at Yankee Creek Coffee House. You were a great audience.

“Makes Sense to Me” is an original.  It’s fairly new and rarely played out, and this is our first released recording – a live, single-track.  My blessing to all the world.

 

We got a few other recordings we’re happy with – though for some reason Jeff’s bass was faint – not in performance, just in the recording.  Where’s the sound engineer when you need them?

Enjoy!

“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….

Two performances downtown this week!

Hello My Friends!

DSC05441 cuNo music last weekend meant that I was able to finish, with Jean, the last fencing around our house, including a gate, and two gate handles hand-crafted from oak branches.  We’re proud to show ’em off here!  Hope you all have been getting your last outdoor chores completed too ~

This week I’m happy to be performing twice.

DSC04697Wednesday, November 12, 4-7 pm, Scott vanLinge and I (duo version of the Loose Blues Band) will perform our classic blues, folk, rock and country at a SNAP* fundraising benefit at the gastronomically-famous** Alotta Gelato at 619 N Bullard (just south of 7th Street).  After a set or so, I’ll play a few solo pieces, and then Jean will join me for a short set of new material we’ve been perfecting.  So, come on downtown, get yourself a gelato, and help support this important community program.  (*SNAP is the Spay and Neuter Awareness Program.)  (**Alotta Gelato has been included in Fodor’s, Frommer’s, NY Times, and other exclusive guides, so if you haven’t been there lately, maybe you should visit!)

panorama YCCHSaturday, November 15, 2-4 pm, Scott and I (Loose Blues Band duo again) will perform at the Yankie Creek Coffee House at Texas and Yankie Streets in the arts center of historic downtown Silver City.  If you miss Wednesday, or even if you don’t, come on down and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere – comfy couches, tables and chairs, WIFI, coffees, teas, baked goods and friendly folks!  The concert, as always, is free.

Enjoy this gorgeous weather!

Support local music!

Took the Amtrak from Albuquerque to St. Louis

gila-national-forest-mogollon-mtns…and passed beautiful country, like this, from northern New Mexico through southern Colorado.  It truly is enchanting.

 

My friend Greg Moore, born four before me, half of "Greg and Greg Construction," early-mid 80s.

…and reconnected with old friends from as long ago as 49 years!  My friend Greg Moore, half of “Greg and Greg Construction,” early-mid 80s, met me for lunch in Columbia, MO.

 

I also reunited with old members of my first band from 9th grade – The Invaders!  Sorry I have no photos to show of that reunion, but we had a great time.  Good to be with Tom Hunter and Rick Rahmberg, pickin’ and grinnin’ til 2 in the morning.

 

And so many other good friends!  We laughed and talked into the wee hours.  I was also honored to have my songs really appreciated by these old friends, particularly “Home Again,” which felt so right to play with them…  and feels right to share with you all now.

 

 

Here’s a video version of Charlie and me performing this song at Yankie Creek Coffee House a few weeks ago.  If you haven’t checked out my (new!) video page yet, it’s the second song:  https://gregrenfro.com/music-video/

 

Speaking of which, Charlie and I will be playing (maybe with friends) at Diane’s Parlor tomorrow, Friday the 24th 6-9 pm (and also next week, the 31st).  Hope to see you there!

 

And thanks always for supporting your local musicians!

“Ode to Billy [the Kid]” – Favorite Song

“Ode to Billy [the Kid]” by Greg Renfro, performed by Greg Renfro on guitar and lead vocals and Charlie Alfero on mandolin and harmonies.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAhttps://gregrenfromusic.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/05-ode-to-billy.mp3

“Lying Here With You” – New Music Video

This is a song Jean and I co-wrote in 2012 and recorded in this single-track single take on October 2, 2014.

Azaima Anderson and Dale Rucklos tonight’s guests on Silver City Acoustic

playing on the rocksAzaima Anderson, a Kerrville New Folk Finalist who studied songwriting with Rosanne Cash, is a lyric-driven songwriter as well as an interfaith minister, astrologer, yoga teacher, and shamanic healer who uses music in her healing work.

She’ll perform music from her new CD, Heart Lightning, a fusion of her music and healing work, with guest musicians joining on the first few songs, after which she’ll finish the hour solo.

daleatyankieIn our second hour, Dale Rucklos, a guitar player and songwriter for 47 years, will share with us his lyrical songwriting process, fusing rock, blues, acoustic, New Age, and jazz.

Dale has been in Silver City for a few years and is now co-owner of Yankie Creek Coffee House, where he hosts performers every Saturday afternoon, 2-4 pm.  His album is entitled The Journey 2012.

Tune in and tune up!
KURU 89.1 FM or
GMCR.org – 6:15-ish – 8 pm MT
(right after the Community Calendar and Workers Independent News)

Thanks for listening!  And for commenting here or writing me at sca@gmcr.org.

 

Gurnie Dobbs Entertains on “Silver City Acoustic”

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Gurnie Dobbs lives in Gila, New Mexico, and has been singing and writing music since his years in Paris, and maybe before.

His humor is frequent, surprising in its wit, and matched by transformational sensibilities that pop up when you least expect it.  Obviously, we had a great time with him and his wife, Susan VanAuken, and sister-in-law, Gretchen, also of Gila, who both joined us in the studio.

In the first hour, I filled in for a guest who’d had to cancel.  I really tried to find someone to replace him, but alas, no one wanted to go on the air with such short notice.  So I did, and Jean filled in as interviewer, and we actually had a good time.

Thanks to all you listeners.  And for those of you who haven’t yet tuned in, in the last couple weeks, we’ve given away a very nice CD and tickets to a show, so don’t miss out!  Become a member of Gila-Mimbres Community Radio and listen to “Silver City Acoustic.”

Tune in and tune up to KURU 89.1 FM,  Thursdays 6:15 or so – 8 pm MDT

or listen at GMCR.org!

Silver City Acoustic / Dustin Hamman

dustin hammanDustin Hamman, recently here from Portland, may be a little-known musician in town, but not for long, as he’ll soon kick off a national tour for the months of March and April.  The tour will promote the music he wrote for a film, “Beneath the Harvest Sky,” as well as two other albums of original music.  The tour (as Run On Sentence with Dan Galucki) begins here in Silver City at the Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery downtown, Saturday, March 1.  He’s our guest in the second hour.

Music columnist Claire Blaustein of NPR wrote of Dustin, “Hamman’s visions of folk music are realized with rich imagery and entrancing instrumentation, as he crafts vivid story lines and long strings of compelling narration.”

In the first hour, we visit with Douglas Francisco, who’ll open for Dustin here in Silver City and continue on with  the tour.  Douglas Francisco plays “haunting lap steel guitar, drawing from blues, country, jazz and gypsy music.”

So tune in and tune up!  KURU 89.1 FM, Thursday 6-8 pm (or a little later, after the two short shows)

Or stream it live on gmcr.org.

PS after the show:  Here are some photos from the show, first of Douglas, then of Dustin and Dan, a show which garnered a lot of positive praise.  Douglas Francisco Dustin Hamman & Dan Galucki