This blog started out giving you posts of the songwriter’s notes, lyrics, and music for my original songs. As with many things, it has gone in new directions. So, if you just started reading my post and are interested in my original material, here is a link to "Put Another Trophy on the Shelf," one of my original songs. You can read about the song’s history, review the lyrics, and listen to the song. If you want to add the song to your playlist, you can download it at Amazon or iTunes.
On Thursday, 9/17, Joe LaMay and Sherri Reese will be our performers in the “Side room” at Buffalo Bill’s. Perry Cleaveland will accompany the duo with his mandolin and fiddle. If you do not already know Joe and Sherri, here’s a little bio for you:
“Joe LaMay and Sherri Reese call themselves An American Folk Music Duo because their music reflects their love of our nation's rich traditional musical heritage.
Before they met in 1998 at a folk song circle, Joe had been a solo singer/songwriter, while Sherri had been singing and playing in a family old-timey and bluegrass band.
LaMay & Reese are committed to the sharing, learning, and promotion of folk music within their local community and beyond. Aside from being touring musicians, they host a monthly coffeehouse, a weekly acoustic music jam, head up a songwriters group, and since 2004 have contributed monthly roots music segments on Bill Knowlton's Bluegrass Ramble Radio Show (NPR).
Joe & Sherri's appreciation of the old songs is evident in their songwriting. Their songs feature old-style harmonies with a traditional feel. Several of their original songs have been recorded by other folk and bluegrass musicians. LaMay & Reese performances are always entertaining and fun. With Joe on guitar and Sherri on banjo, they present a collection of traditional and original songs that are sure to inspire the novice and please the traditionalist.
LaMay & Reese have released five CDs of their music, and printed a songbook featuring twenty-eight of their original songs.
Joe wrote and recorded his first original song, “Comin' Home to Say Goodbye,” in 1976, and when he and Sherri teamed up in 1998, she began writing songs. Together, they have written a number of songs that have been recorded and performed by other folk musicians and bluegrass bands. Joe & Sherri present songwriting workshops at festivals. In their local community, they host a writers group and teach songwriting workshops at their local arts center. In 2013, they printed their first book of original songs – Words & Music.
Since 2004, LaMay & Reese have been contributing monthly home-grown music segments to Bill Knowlton's Bluegrass Ramble Radio Show. Their twenty-minute segments feature songs and musicians recorded "live" in Kentucky and on the road. In over 100 segments, they have featured dozens of musicians, and hundreds of songs, showcasing American folk and bluegrass roots music. Now in its 43rd year, the show is aired on NPR throughout the northeast and over the world-wide web.
What Folks Are Saying:
With their story songs, beautiful harmonies, and their presence on stage, I believe LaMay & Reese are keeping alive a form of music that is more and more becoming a thing of the past.
I know Joe & Sherri are good, but I never realized how good until I listened without distraction. No TV. No video. Just sound. Their harmonies are way cool.
Joe & Sherri have a special feeling for bluegrass and old time folk music, and are excellent songwriters who capture the sentiment and color of earlier music and many of their songs sound truly traditional.
A Variety of Folk
WRUR 88.5 FM
Glad my girls got to hear you two. I'd told them about you - but nothing like live!
"We have seen Joe and Sherri perform a number of times, most recently at the Central Ohio Folk Festival. They did a brilliant set, playing and singing extremely well, and engaging the audience in a professional and most enjoyable way. We enjoyed every song they performed."
Phil Cooper & Susan Urban
Trout Lake, MI”
To learn more about LaMay and Reese, click here.
Here’s Joe and Sherri playing "Mama, Put Down That Picture," a song they did at a previous show in the Side Room. Enjoy!
The concert is free, but we do ask for donations to support our performers. Siobhan has created three CDs, one for each of our three seasons. Each CD contains songs of the performers who appeared during that season. The requested donation for each CD is $10, and the proceeds go to the performers who are playing on the night of the donation. The CDs have gotten good reviews, and we hope they get passed around to let others know about the great talent we have appearing at this venue.
The concerts take place on the first and third Thursdays of every month in the side room of Buffalo Bill’s Family Restaurant and Taproom, 19 Main Street, Shortsville, NY. The show runs from 7 to 9 PM. To learn more about Buffalo Bill’s, check out their site right here:
Buffalo Bill’s Family Restaurant and Taproom
Here is a link to videos of performers playing in the Side Room. The videos will give you a feel of how much fun we have at each show. Check them out!
Hope you can join us on September 17!
All the best,
Siobhan and Frank
Tom Whitmore of Watkins and the Rapiers with guest Gary Holt, October 1
Rick Hoyt and Cool Club, October 15
The Cadleys, November 5
John Dady, November 19
Kerry Regan of Watkins and the Rapiers, December 3
Gordon Munding, December 17
Eva and the Dog Boys, January 21
John Carter, February 4
The Maria Gillard Trio (Maria Gillard, Elaine Verstraete, Perry Cleaveland), February 18
Brian Ayers, March 3
Joe Dady and Perry Cleaveland, April 7
The Stid Hill Stompers (Jack Jones, Kendall Paul Wilt, Fran Cary), April 21
Scott Regan, May 5
Jeff Riales, May 19
The Healing Committee (Alan Whitney, Tim Pitcher, Cathryn Koch), June 2
Connie Deming, June 16
Lisa Winter, July 7
Eddie Lee and Friends, August 4
Steve Piper, August 18
Leslie Lee and Steve Gretz and Perry Cleaveland, September 1
Paulsen and Baker Band (John Paulsen, Keith Baker, and Tim Chaapel), September 15