August 31st--Edgewood Bowl--Neosho, Missouri--In
the second year of this annual party for the league members of the
Edgewood Bowl, Oreo Blue was once again pleased to set up on Lane One and
Rock the Alley (so to speak). Great food (I love food) and great
people surrounded what we all came here for in the first place...THE
REMATCH!!! Last year, during their only break, the band was
invited to bowl a friendly game of the ole 10-frames. Although the
Professional Bowlers Tour never recorded a blip on their radar screen
after that game, yours truly....Stephen....walked away victorious in
some really hip shoes. This year, the boys could just taste the
hardware. They had been thinking about nothing else but dethroning
the King of the Pins. I held no fear. I was confident in my
defense. Bring on the melody-makers. Set 'em up and knock 'em
down, baby. And what did the King do in the first frame???
Strike, baby. Strike. It was all over from there.
Successful defense of the title....and....still....Champion.
Better keep your day jobs, boys, 'cause next year will be more of the
same. Another $10 in my pocket. I just may break 200...and
what will you do then???
Daddy G and Macy G
August 17-18th--George's Majestic
Lounge--Fayetteville, Arkansas--Nearly all of the accolades have
been dished out about the Oreo Blue "home base" at George's,
so some updates might be appropriate. I must say that the club is
looking fantastic since Ben Harrison has taken the club back under
management. With the help of Brian Crowne and others, George's
hasn't looked this nice in my 15 years being around it. And the
boys are just getting started! As for the shows this weekend,
there were some fine moments from the stage by all. The folks that
opted for the competition across the street and across the parking lot
missed out on wonderful Beer Garden weather and great sounds from the
stage. Oreo Blue was treated once again by the soulful sounds of
the Mighty Blues Muse, the Inimitable Chris Payton. She took
us on a ride through some classic sounds of Stevie Wonder (I really love
that groove on Superstition), Some Kind of Wonderful, and
some Oreo Blue "oldies" that challenged even the boys who
wrote the songs. Always a great time when Chris hits the
stage. It was also a fun time when soundman, Dave, hit the stage
to rock out on Jimi Hendrix's Hey Joe for an encore. Way to
hang in there, Dave!
photo by Gary Marks
August 9th--Parsons Street Dance--Parsons, Kansas--The
folks in Parsons are wonderful when we come to town and perform at the
Kitchen Pass. However, there are many folks who do not get to see
the band due to the late hours. At the street dance, people from
all walks come around for the show. We had a bit of a scare when
the clouds came-a-boiling from the Southwest. Fortunately, we
dodged the rain and went on without a hitch. Highlights from the
show included, among others, a really hip bass solo from Rockin' Rod on Flip,
Flop, Fly and a super-charged rendition of Messin' with the Kid
that blew right over the audience like an old-fashioned Kansas
twister. A special extra credit highlight goes out to Sound
Doctor, Brian Crowne, for dialing up what must be the highest quality
outdoor sound show the folks in Parsons have ever heard. Always a
challenge, getting a quality sound outdoors is a rarity. The
Doctor gave each member of the audience the sensation of wearing
high-quality headphones in the comfort of their own living
a GIRL!!! Macy Gail
Hutchison. 5lbs-15oz fighting weight. Word has it that
she has beautiful dark hair and eyebrows (duh), beautiful eyes, and
guitar-player fingers (perfect by all accounts). Great job, Camy
and Gary!!! (pictures coming soon.)
August 8th--Photo below of Stephen with Smoky
Dacus. Smoky is noted as being the first EVER drummer in Country
Music. Hired by Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys in 1935. It
was Smoky's 90th birthday as he was joined by the only two other
surviving members of the Original Texas Playboys, Gene Gassaway and Leon
August 3-4th--Maxine's Tap Room--Fayetteville, AR--Friday
night was the most incredible performance in the history of music, the
greatest guitar solos, completely righteous bass work, unbelievably
funky horn parts, and the deepest pocket drumming known to man.
Stuff across the room caught on fire from the groove combustion.
The sheer energy of the music blew breakers for twenty blocks...
...if only there had been anybody there to see it.
It all happened! We promise.
For those of you who do not know, Gary and his lovely
wife, Camy, are due to have a baby soon. Well, let's just say the
gates are open as of Saturday morning. Gary did the right thing by
staying by Camy's side rather than tackle the insurmountable task of
topping such a performance from the night before. Lucious Spiller
was kind enough to sit in with the band and did a fine job settling the
masses into some fine and funky grooves. As of this writing, still
no word on the baby. We know it is a girl (unless of course it
turns out to be a boy, then somebody will be surprised), and I will post
more details as they come available. We do know this for a
fact...she will not be a guitar player when she grows up because she is
Stay tuned, and best wishes Gary and Camy!!!
13-14th--Eureka Blues--Eureka Springs, AR--Back when we performed
here during the Blues Festival, we had one of the most raucous crowds
ever. To be honest, we expected much less on a "regular"
weekend. Not so. The crowd this weekend was surprisingly
strong and as has been mentioned many times before in this newsletter,
Oreo Blue kicks it up a few notches when the crowd cares. They
did...and we did. I will have to admit that my ears were ringing
all the way home on that long, windy, road in the Ozark hills. (I
think they are still ringing two days later! Oh, wait a
minute...they always ring like this!). The only solace of having a
few weeks off is to get some rest for those weary ears. My band mates
most likely concur. None of us like time off...but our hearing
screams for it on occasion. Highlights for this show
were...hmmm...let me guess...the One-and-Only Michelangelo of the
Guitar, the Sultan of String Breakage, The Colossus of Clean
Tones, The Phantom of the Fender, The Know-it-All of the Les Paul, The
Gloat of the Sweep Notes, Guitar Demi-god....Gary Lee Hutchison!
(pretty big build-up, huh...). Gary shined on Milagro and Keep
Your Hands to Yourself among others. Brian pulled out the funk on
Shaky Ground once again and Flip, Flop, Fly flew right the * out the
door it was swinging so hard. Rod got extraordinarily polyrhythmic
on his solo on FFF. You a funky man, Rockin' Rod Dean!
6-7th--Fat Tuesday's--Little Rock, Arkansas--It had been over a year
since Oreo Blue had performed in Little Rock and I must say that it was
not only long overdue, but that it should not be this long for the next
time. First things first...let's talk about the food at Fat
Tuesday's. As you know, we have to plug the food if it rules, and
if we say nothing about the food, it is just our way of only saying
something if it is good...The food was terrific. The dishes my
bandmates enjoyed were Fried Shrimp, Gumbo, Grilled Chicken Salad, and
the Combo platter. However, it takes a real man to step up to the
plate and devour the 16oz Ribeye. It ruled...and the service was
excellent. On to the show...
band enjoyed an extremely appreciative crowd made up primarily of
long-standing Oreo Blue fans that had waited in anticipation for this
show. Fans came from Hot Springs, Benton, Conway, and Fayetteville
for the show. The shows were highlighted by high-energy sets and
strong individual performances. Gary wowed 'em with another
bombastic display of guitar prowess and despite the warm room and lack
of fresh air, Brian breathed new life into the crowd with climactic
solos on All Along the Watchtower, and Shaky Ground among others.
The band was treated to the company of Brent who worked the door and
added humorous quips throughout the trip. Thanks, Brent, for
lending a hand. (and your Mom is a Hottie...) SWEEEEET!!!!!!!! (Dude.)
photo above of the band at the Riverfront Amphitheatre was sent in by
Ray Hill, one of Gary's students at Sigler Music Center in Ft.
Smith. Thanks, Ray!! Keep 'em coming!