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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“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!

Video of Charlie Alfero’s “Simple Things” – about the Gila Wilderness

gila-national-forest-mogollon-mtnsYes, Charlie and I have been inspired by the Gila Wilderness to write quite a few songs about it, and here’s one.

We performed Charlie’s “Simple Things” unplugged on October 4, 2014, at Yankie Creek Coffee House.

(iPhone video by Jeff Ray.  Audio by iPhone!  A few video edits by Jean.  Dale Rucklos is sitting in on this song for the first time.)

Check it out!  “Simple Things”:

Heart-nourishing Feedback on “Lying Here With You”

Hi Friends,

Just gotta share some wonderful feedback on the song Jean and I wrote in 2012 and recently recorded and shared with a lot of you, “Lying Here with You”:  40 Facebook likes (no, not thousands, yet), great comments from around the nation, and praise from two remarkable singer-songwriters:

Lavinia Ross, an Oregon singer/songwriter of beautiful music , wrote very nice words.  She’s living a life similar to ours in the Northwest, all about music and gardening, the good, simple life.   You can hear it here, and read her wonderful blog, Salmon Brook Farmshere.

And Terri Hendrix, award-winning Texas singer-songwriter, who toured through Silver City last March teamed up with Grammy-award-winning Lloyd Maines and was on our radio show, wrote:  “FANTASTIC!  Way to go.  This is really beautiful.  Love the harmonies and the beauty in the song!”

Terri’s site is amazing too.  She’s a force of nature, doing lots of good in lots of ways:  Check it out!

In case you missed our gentle love song, we’re proud to post our simple recording once more:  “Lying Here with You.”

Thanks, y’all!  Have a great day ~

Another New Video: “Best Kept Secret”

gila-national-forest-mogollon-mtnsSouthwest New Mexico IS “best kept” a secret, don’t you think?

Playing at the Farmer’s Market last Saturday with the Loose Blues Band, the weather was beautiful, and the crowds were enjoying one of the last markets of the season, friends, and of course purchasing good food – all this is pretty special – but the Gila Wilderness and all the lands around us make this place supremely special – which is why I wrote the song “Best Kept Secret” (recorded in 2008 on our CD).

Charlie and I performed it “unplugged” two Saturdays ago at Yankie Creek Coffee House, and our friend Jeff Ray captured it on his camera phone, and Jean gave it a little edit and posted it here (scroll down a bit).  (Scrolling further, you’ll find our album version.)best kept secret screen shot best

Thanks for watching.  It’s all you’ll see of me this week!

Charlie and I will be playing (with friends, which always pumps the energy up a notch) at Diane’s Parlor the last two Fridays of this month, the 24th and 31st.  Hope to see you there!

And thanks always for supporting your local musicians!

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:

Jammin’ Jeff returns tonight on “Silver City Acoustic”

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Jammin’ Jeff

 

Tonight!!  Jammin’ Jeff, back by popular demand, will be spending the whole two hours  sharing stories and his amazing bluesmanship with us – on Silver City Acoustic, 6:15-ish – 8 pm, MT.

Last week, Jeff shared with us a few stories of his blues career, including 23 years traveling in Bo Diddley’s band.

People are writing from around the nation, telling us what a great show we have here – thanks to all the local and traveling musicians who’ve shared their time with us!

So don’t miss it!  Silver City Acoustic every Thursday night, 6:15-ish (right after the Community Calendar and Workers’ Independent News) til 8 pm, MT.

on KURU 89.1 FM

or streaming live on GMCR.org.

Tune in and tune up!

Appreciate your listening.  And appreciate your comments – sca@gmcr.org.

Howie Miller with Betty Marriage, and Jammin’ Jeff Tonight!

Betty and Howie (1) Tonight on “Silver City Acoustic,” we’ll visit first with Howie Miller and Betty Marriage, best known for the band “Sleep Til Noon,” who’ve been singing together off and on since 1987.  Both grew up in Hurley, are widely known around Grant County, and will share some stories and original songs with great titles like “Isolation Blues,” “Shadows and Angels,” “One Way Train,” and more.

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In the second hour, we’ll visit with “Jammin’ Jeff” Cerwinske, guitar virtuoso, sharing his original tunes, joined by Tom McCoy on harp, kicking off a wonderful Blues Festival weekend, here in Silver City!  Looking forward to hearing Jeff’s stories of traveling around the nation, playing with the likes of Bo Diddley – and learning what he’s been up to lately.  We’re in for a real treat.

So tune in and tune up  – to KURU 89.1 FM (6:15-ish – 8 pm MT)

or stream it live on GMCR.org.