“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!

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!

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:

“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.