Pizza--Hot Springs, AR--I have not eaten at that many pizza parlors
in the Spa City, but I would hedge my bet that Hawgs Pizza is the best
in town. When we walk in the doors, the wait staff has iced down
root beers waiting for us. Generally regarded as the one venue
where we will try just about any song requested, some of the patrons
must have caught on or decided to request out of the box. We
didn't dive into the Lincoln Park request, but we did pull out a few
surprises. Gary and I went to see a movie on Saturday. The
"Chuck and Larry" flick. Funny. Then we ate at the Olive
Garden and nearly made ourselves sick from over-eating. Need to
find some fans in the area with a boat that wouldn't mind letting us tag
along some time. Driving over the bridges and seeing all that
inviting water makes it tough to sit in the hotel room.... Next up
is Landry's CD Release Party... Let's see the river valley roll out!
August 10th--The ByPass--Joplin,
MO--During the summer time, we play out on the back patio at the
ByPass. Sometimes it just gets blistering hot out there.
Tonight was no exception. I like the setup out there, though, with
the high balcony and the rooftop bar. The woodwork stage is also
nice for a little extra tone on things. Gary's longtime friend,
Lou Davidson, joined us this evening for dinner and up on stage for a
few tunes. Lou also snapped a few photos that I will eventually
get into a photo page. Below are a few teasers... Tonight
was also Gary's grandson's last night in town before heading back to
California. Jace had been helping us sell CDs for our release
parties and Gary invited the aspiring young guitarist up on stage as
well. He was a bit hit with the ladies...
August 9th--Gully Park
Summer Concert Series (Finale)--Fayetteville, AR--Once again, we
closed out the summer concert series at Gully Park. It was pretty
warm at the start. As the air cooled when the sun went down, the
atmosphere heated up as we rocked the reportedly largest crowd of the
series. An estimated 2,000 people lined the natural grassy
amphitheater beyond the gazebo stage.
new CD is finally released. I am working on the online form for
ordering through CD Baby. Should be up in about four more days.
In the mean time, you can pick up your copy at any Oreo Blue show, or
just contact me and we can get you one in the mail if like. We
also have T-shirts for this project which, I think, are quite
fashionable. Here is a picture of the new design.
August 5th--Edgewood Bowl
Annual Battle of the Sexes--Neosho, MO--I have said this many times
before that I am not a bowler. Bowling and I just don't match.
But...this time around, Brian left before the bowling match so I stood a
chance. It wasn't going to happen. Who knew, but Gary comes
out of the gate in his unorthodox style and rolls a strike in the first
frame. Now...nobody is going to mistake the members of Oreo Blue
for candidates for the PBA, but I think the final score was 121 to 114.
Gary takes the title in the 7th Annual Oreo Blue bowloff... Of
course, with Brian not participating, we still had a distraction in our
lane in the form of a lovely young gal who was added to make a foursome.
The show portion was fun. Brian joined us for the first set and we
hacked our way through some of the oldies. The crowd loved the
solos that Brian was tearing up.
August 4th--The Kitchen
Pass--Parsons, KS--One would think that our favorite venues would be
the big ones with the big crowds. Not so. I am not sure how
to put my finger on it, but performing at the little Kitchen Pass is an
absolute blast every time we play there. Darwin put up a new stage
and it was awesome. Despite this being a "different" crowd than
our "normal" crowd there, they eventually broke loose and started having
a great time. The food rocks and the crowds are always fun.
You should all visit tiny Parsons, KS, sometime and be a KP patron.
You won't regret it.
Guitar Legend, Johnny
Winter @ George's Majestic Lounge
(photo by © Craig Nelson)
Majestic Lounge featuring the legendary Johnny Winter--Fayetteville,
AR--We used this date as our official CD Release Party (day 1).
We performed a set from 7pm to 9pm or so with Brian joining us again on
stage and then let Johnny Winter take the stage from there. Logged
as a true guitar hero legend, Johnny Winter plowed through a set of
"lock up yer women and children" blues. The crowd for Johnny was
not what it should have been, but it was certainly full of enough fans
to supply a generous applause between songs. When Johnny's set was
over, we took the stage again for an after show set until close.
This was high-energy, full-on rock show stuff. When the Johnny
Winter show was over, the crowd filed back through the lounge stage area
on their way out the door. However, when Gary kicked into gear,
not one of them ever made it to the exit. They stopped and gawked.
After spending 90 minutes being serenaded by a guitar legend, they were
bitch-slapped by Gary on their way out the door. A crowd made up
of junkie guitar fans, they just didn't know... Jaws were agape
and most of the guys' dates that were silly enough to escort their
aspiring guitar-playing boyfriends to the Johnny Winter show were
pleasantly surprised to get a piece of what Gary Lee was serving up.
The contrast in energy was fantastic and it showed on the faces...
Smith, AR--I am beginning to both like and hate these late night
shows all in the same breath. It is a late-night vampire type
crowd when the show goes til 3am, but they are always fun. We
always seem to be having good shows there as well. The "hate" part
comes with getting home at 6am and then having to face Sunday activities
on zero sleep. I suppose as long as it is in moderation...
Nighflying founder and editor, Peter Read, dropped by on my invitation
in hopes that we would have our new CD for him. It wasn't the
case, but it was good to see the original night owl out in the Fort.
Buffett's Cheeseburger In Paradise--Kansas City, MO--We took to the
road Friday evening to KC and were figuring to get to the venue in just
enough time to get under way. Somewhere along Hwy 71, a rogue rain
cloud appeared and just dumped the heaviest of rains on the highway.
We weren't driving all that fast (as far as you know). Shortly after the
rains hit, the car about 100 yards in front of us suddenly had
hydroplaned. We were instantly looking at his headlights.
He spun 360º one way and then the other for
what seemed like an eternity then flew into the median and luckily for
him, slammed into the guard rail on the opposite side thus avoiding the
southbound traffic (and a semi truck). Man....I white-knuckled the
rest of the trip. Well...once there, we threw the gear up and got
under way. We had a fun show Friday night and the crowd was great.
The stage is so very tiny, but it's plenty for us to rock that place.
We had a few PA problems with the house speakers, though.
Saturday, we did our rock star thing. Um...well...ok...we went
shopping at the local music stores. We went to visit our great,
old friend, Scot "Z" Zele who manages the Funky Monkey music store over
on Shawnee Mission Pkwy (www.funkymonkeymusic.com
). Z used to run sound for us at George's Majestic in Fayetteville
and is a class fella all the way. Z came out to Saturday night's
show and stayed until load-out. Not sure if Z has a life that
being the case, but it was great seeing him again. Saturday's show was a
little lighter attended, but it was a great time for us on stage.
We experimented with a few new songs put in that same day. I think
we'll keep 'em. The staff at CIP is way cool and the food is
tops in the genre. So...hopefully, we will make a return sooner
July 14th--Ryan Gibson
Foundation--Fayetteville, AR--Not that these are the sorts of shows
that rock like a big concert. However, this is a foundation event
that we have performed at before and it is a very noble cause to fight
Leukemia. Derek Gibson wanted us to help the folks there have a
great time and we think they certainly did. We got them dancing
fairly quick and they not only would not stop dancing, but we ended up
playing well after our stop time.
Have a few pictures to upload
from one of our friendly fan photographers and one article from the
Neosho newspaper with Gary on the cover...
Oklahoma, Texas, Blues Summit--George's Majestic Lounge--Fayetteville,
AR--Oh, man... what a night for me. This show was designed as
a feature for four of the greatest guitarists you will hear anywhere in
the USA. Bugs Henderson, Steve Pryor, Earl Cate, and our own Gary
Hutchison. The night started off with a brief set of Oreo Blue
with Brian Crowne re-joining the band on saxophone and a little vocal.
It was a strong, but quick set. Then we dialed up the featured
performers. Initially, they were to come up one at a time, but
once Earl Cate was called up, Bugs Henderson and Steve Pryor joined in
right away. From then on, it was another 4 hours non-stop of great
music. Rod took the rest of the night off and Steve Pryor's
bassist, Clint, who is a staggeringly solid and grooving player held
form for me all night long. Leading me through dozens of songs
that escaped my familiarity. Steve Pryor led the charge most of
the night calling songs and keeping the boys playing well with each
other. Usually, a four-lead-guitarist show can get annoyingly out
of hand, but Pryor kept things clean. Everyone had a chance to
showcase their unique style. My personal favorite of the night was
Pryor's version of "Can't Find My Way Home" from the Blind Faith/Clapton
book. Just cooler than the other side of the pillow... The
worst part of the show was that it had to end. Shutting down at
10pm when it just seems like things were just getting started.
It ran four hours, but it flew by. Afterwards, I stuck around to
hang out with Mountain of Venus. A band with a very complex suite
of original songs that is well-rehearsed and proficient. It was
just a great night of music. Did I mention that we were treated to
Bob Yazetti's "Should Be World-Famous" Pizza?
Gary Hutchison, Steve
Pryor, Bugs Henderson, Earl Cate
(photo by Stephen Boudreaux)
Below are some photos
snapped on my camera by Brian Crowne and John Magness