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The John Denver Internet Fan Club
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Editor: Emily M. Parris
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Table of Contents
May 2009 - Issue #181
John Denver Events..............................1
“A Rocky Mountain High in the Heartland”
By Emily M. Parris.....................5
"Country Roads: Songs of John Denver"
“Country Roads: A Celebration of John Denver”
By Richard Parr...............................7
John Denver Notes...............................8
“Endings and Beginnings”
By Richard Romanowski................9
John Denver Want Ads/For Sale..................10
J O H N D E N V E R E V E N T S
May 2, 2009 – Atlanta, GA – “Friends With You” Band
(678) 576-0269 http://www.friendswithyouband.com
May 8 & 9, 2009 – Las Vegas NV.
"A Tribute to the Music of John Denver" starring Jim Curry and his
Band 8:00 pm at the Silverton Hotel and Casino, Silverton Casino
Lodge 3333 Blue Diamond Road, Las Vegas, NV 89139,
(866) 946-4373, (702) 263-7777
May 9, 2009 - Mandello Del Lario (Lake Como)ITALY - Mack Bailey,
Chris Nole, and Pete Huttlinger in concert. Teatro San Lorenzo Via
XXIV Maggio 8pm email@example.com
May 9 – June 13, 2009 – Rochester, NY – “Country Roads: The Songs of John
Denver” – An intimate evening of songs made famous by John Denver /
Compiled by Randal Myler and Dan Wheetman www.downstairscabaret.com
May 11 & 12, 2009 - St. Gallen SWITZERLAND - Mack Bailey, Chris Nole,
and Pete Huttlinger in concert. Kellerbuhne Das St. Galler
May 16, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. - Mt Holly Springs, PA - Christopher Westfall
- "An Evening of Acoustic Music" - Will include Chris' original songs,
covers by various artists, and some patriotic songs to honor Armed Forces
Day. Holly Inn, 31 Baltimore Ave., Mt. Holly Springs, PA in their banquet
room - firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.hollyinn.com.
(717) 241-6388 http://www.chriswestfall.com
May 23, 2009 - North Yorkshire, UK - Ray and Jackie are putting on a concert
by Mack Bailey and Rachel Levy at Kirkby Church Hall, North Yorkshire,
Tickets are £10.00 and doors open at 7.30pm. Send a cheque payable to
Jackie Freeman to Feet First, 53 High St. Stokesely, North Yorkshire. TS9 7AN
(include SASE) Telephone number is 01642 713575 Ray & Jackie’s website
May 29, 2009 – Kerrville, TX – The Limeliters and Mack & Rachel at the
Kerrville Folk Festival http://www.kerrvillefolkfestival.com
7:00pm The festival runs from May 21st to June 7th.
May 30, 2009 - Bristol, PA ~ Charlie Zahm at the Silver Lake Nature Center:
Charlie Zahm songs celebrating Nature, the Earth, and the Great Outdoors.
Join him at Silver Lake Nature Center's beautiful outdoor amphitheater
(indoors if inclement weather). 7:30pm
Silver Lake Nature Center
1306 Bath Rd, Bristol, PA 19007
Come early to enjoy the trails and exhibits.
Tickets: $10/person. Call 215-785-1177 or email@example.com
June 13, 2009 – Hamilton, OH – “Friends With You” Band
(859) 567-2955 http://www.friendswithyouband.com
June 13, 2009 - Liberty, NC -
Christopher Westfall Presents: John Denver - A Musical Retrospective
Liberty Showcase, Liberty, North Carolina 7:30pm Join Chris for a
splendid evening of music in this theater located in the Piedmont area of
North Carolina. Chris will be doing a comprehensive review of John
Denver's music, as well as original pieces. Tickets are $12 in advance
Or $15 at the door. Please call: 1-336-622-3844 or go to
June 14, 2009 - JAPAN - John Denver Tribute Concert in Ginza, Tokyo - Tanaka
Takeru sings John Denver's best-loved hits, joined by Suga Katsutoshi and
Daniel Clay Idol / Ginza TACT / 6-9-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN /
+81-3-3571-3939 (03-3571-3939) / 1:00pm / 2,800 yen
June 19, 2009 - Kennecott, Alaska - "John Denver Solstice
Tribute 6:00pm Recreation Hall / Live music, video, potluck
dinner and storytelling firstname.lastname@example.org (907) 554-4464
June 19, 2009 – Westampton, NJ – Charlie Zahm presents a Tribute to
John Denver with fiddler Tad Marks and guitarist, Steve Hobson.
Burlington County Amphitheater 6:30pm 5 Pioneer Blvd /
Westampton, NJ * http://www.charliezahm.com
June 26, 2009 - Medford, NJ - Chris Westfall in Concert 7:00pm
Village of Taunton Forge Summer Concert Series
Taunton and Tuckerton Roads, Medford, NJ
Come on out and join Chris for an evening of music under the stars in
Taunton Forge's beautiful pavilion. Bring a chair and dust off the vocal
chords. This is a free outdoor concert nestled in the village.
June 27, 2009 - Denver, CO - "John Denver - The Tribute" with
Roy Rivers, featuring Steve Weisberg. 8:00pm $25
Red Rocks Amphitheater http://www.john-denver-tribute.com
June 27, 2009 - JAPAN - John Denver Tribute Concert in Komae, Tokyo - Tanaka
Takeru sings John Denver's best-loved hits. / add9th / 1-2-6 Nakaizumi,
Komae-city, Tokyo, JAPAN / +81-3-3480-4996 (03-3480-4996) / 7:30 pm /
July 11, 2009 - Modesto, CA - "A Tribute to the Music of John Denver"
starring Jim Curry and his band. Gallo Center for the Arts
Mary Stewart Rogers Theater (209) 338-2100
toll free: 1-877-488-3380 http://www.galloarts.com
July 14, 2009 - Estes Park, CO - "John Denver Tribute
Concert" - TropiCowboy Band / Brad & Kathy Fitch
July 25, 2009 - Hesston, PA - "Headin' To The Mountains II":
An Evening with Christopher Westfall! 7:30pm Seven Points
Amphitheater, Raystown Lake, 7 Points Road, Hesston, PA.
email@example.com * http://raystown.nab.usace.army.mil/.
August 1, 2009 - Hesston, PA - "Friends With You Band - Tribute to
John Denver 7:00 - 10:00pm / Seven Points Amphitheater - Raystown Lake
Seven Points Road - Hesston, PA / Free admission but donations accepted.
Suzanne < firstname.lastname@example.org > or
Patty < email@example.com >
August 2, 2009 - Dana Point, CA - "A Tribute to the Music of John Denver"
starring Jim Curry and his band - City of Dana Point, Heritage Park
34400 Old Golden Lantern (949) 248-3530
http://www.danapoint.org * http://www.jimcurrymusic.com
August 7, 2009 - Holly Springs, PA - Chris Collins and friends in
Concert 7:00 p.m, Tickets: $15.00 Holly Inn, 31 Baltimore Ave, Mt.
Holly Springs, PA Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com,
www.hollyinn.com or the Holly Inn 717-486-3823.
August 14, 2009 – Van Wert, Ohio – Tribute to John Denver starring Ted
Vigil and his band. Fountain Park – Van Wert, OH
August 15, 2009 – Saratoga Springs, NY – The Upstate New York John Denver
Potluck Picnic 10am – 6pm Family picnic area near the playground /
16 Roosevelt Drive / Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
August 21-22, 2009 – South lake Tahoe, CA – 6th Annual “Dancing With the
Mountains: A Musical Tribute to John Denver” featuring the “Friends With You
Band” as well as “Aspen Meadow” Tickets $15 – Tahoe Valley RV Resort /
1175 Melba Drive / South lake Tahoe, CA
Laurie Kern lkern@sbcglobal,net 916-416-3547
September 5, 2009 - Big Bear Lake, CA - "A Tribute to the Music of John Denver"
starring Jim Curry and his Band. (909) 866-3437
September 12, 2009 - Claremont, CA - " A Tribute to the Music of
John Denver" starring Jim Curry
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (909) 625-8767
September 18, 2009 - Charlottesville, VA - "A Tribute to the Music
of John Denver" will be performed by Jim Curry, his band, and
special guest Jim Connor 8:00pm at the Paramount Theater,
215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 979-1333 http://www.theparamount.net
October 8, 2009 - Aspen CO - Wheeler Opera House –
THE JOHN DENVER ALL STAR TRIBUTE BAND IN CONCERT "Doin' Their Own Thing"
Featuring the original music of: MACK BAILEY - DENNY BROOKS - BILL DANOFF -
ALAN DEREMO – RICHIE GAJATE-GARCIA - PETE HUTTLINGER
CHRIS NOLE - HERB PEDERSEN - KENN ROBERTS
JIM SALESTROM - JOHN SOMMERS - MOLLIE WEAVER
Tickets go on sale June 2009!
OCTOBER 9th & 10th, 2009 – ASPEN, CO - THE WHEELER OPERA HOUSE
12th Annual JOHN DENVER TRIBUTE CONCERTS
Celebrating the Man and his Music
MACK BAILEY - DENNY BROOKS - BILL DANOFF
ALAN DEREMO - RICHIE GAJATE-GARCIA - PETE HUTTLINGER - DON GROVE
MICHAEL JOHNSON (special guest - both nights!)
GARY MULE DEER - CHRIS NOLE - HERB PEDERSEN - KENN ROBERTS
JIM SALESTROM - JOHN SOMMERS - MOLLIE WEAVER
Tickets go on sale June 2009!
October 10, 2009 - Ashcroft, CO - Pine Creek Cookhouse Luncheon
11:00am - 3:00pm / Tickets $50 includes a gourmet lunch.
A DVD from the film library of Mr. John Wilcox will be available
for purchase at the event. It is not included in the admission price.
"Friends With You Band" will perform.
Email Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org
October 11, 2009 - Pacific Grove, California - John Denver Tribute -
October 11, 2009 – Aspen, CO - Jim Connor and Ellen Stapenhorst will
present a concert at the Aspen Community Church, 200 E. Bleeker St in
downtown Aspen. 3:00pm Donation, $15 if ordered with SASE before October 1,
or $20 at the door. To order send a SASE (self-addressed-stamped-envelope)
to J. Therrien, 12 Dunecrest Av, Monterey, CA 93940.
October 11, 2009 – Aspen, CO – Mark Cormican – A Concert for Vital Ground /
Mark will perform original and cover songs in this environmentally themed
Concert. 7:00pm Tickets $15 – Location to be announced.
Sharon Cormican email@example.com http://www.vitalground.org
Branson, MO - Monday through Saturday 10:00am
"A Tribute to John Denver & Country Music Legends"
James Garrett sings John Denver's best-loved hits.
IMAX Little Opry Theatre / 3562 Shepherd of the Hills
Expressway / Branson, MO 65616 (800) 419-4832
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“A ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH IN THE HEARTLAND”
By Emily M. Parris
April 17, 2009 - Kansas City, MO - "The Music of John Denver"
Kansas City Symphony 8:00pm
Church of the Resurrection /
5001 W. 137th Street / Leawood, KS 66224
Guest Conductor: Lee Holdridge
The Church of the Resurrection is a huge, sprawling auditorium that is very impressive. On Friday, April 17th, it was filled by the beautiful music of John Denver and the Kansas City Symphony. Jim Curry was the lead singer along with his wife, Annie, Pete Huttlinger, Ritchie Gajate-Garcia, Alan Deremo, Tristan Garcia, Chris Wills and Diane Ireland. This church is where all the Kansas City “Pops” concerts are held so we were already familiar with the auditorium.
Lee Holdridge conducted the Kansas City Symphony for the concert. The first selection was the most impressive of all – the “John Denver Overture” – a piece played just by the Symphony. It was wonderful to have those familiar songs woven into an overture and played by our own Kansas City Symphony.
Jim Curry was the voice of John Denver in the made-for-tv movie, "Take Me Home, the John Denver Story". This experience inspired him to produce full-length John Denver tribute concerts. He is not an impersonator.
He sings in his own natural voice and sometimes he sounds a lot like John Denver.
Two large screens on each side of the stage showed John Denver, the musicians onstage, and other beautiful scenes from nature that John loved so much. In the first half they sang “Rocky Mountain High”,
“Leaving On A Jet Plane”, “Annie’s Song” (which Jim dedicated to his own Annie), “Wild Montana Skies”, “Back Home Again”, “Shanghai Breezes”, “Eagles and Horses”, “Sunshine On My Shoulders”, the “Eagle and the Hawk” and the very important “Yellowstone Coming Home.” “Yellowstone Coming Home” was the last song that John sang in concert but never recorded in a studio.
The lobby of the Church of the Resurrection is more like a mall than a church. There is nice seating, a coffee and snack shop and shopping areas with things of a religious nature for sale. In addition to that, the Kansas City Symphony had their usual refreshments for sale and there was a table with KC Symphony items as well as the cd’s of the other musicians in the show.
The second half of the program started out with “This Old Guitar” followed
By “Thank God I’m A Country Boy” and a wonderful medley of three love songs:
“My Sweet Lady” / “Perhaps Love” and “For You.” They were beautifully interwoven in the medley and sung with sincere emotion by Jim Curry. After that Pete Huttlinger took center stage with his song “McGuire’s Landing.” He told a story to go along with it and everyone was very moved by the song.
At one point Marvin Gruenbaum played the fiddle for them. He plays the viola in the Kansas City Symphony and used to be in a group called “Spontaneous Combustion”. He always switches seamlessly from one type of
music to another in his “other band.” We’ve always enjoyed all the groups in which he plays. Diane Ireland also did a wonderful job playing the flute on several selections.
“Grandma’s Feather Bed” was next followed by “Matthew”. The only thing surprising to me was that there was not a big reaction to the song “Matthew.” I think many of the audience members were Kansas City Symphony
concert goers and weren’t aware of the local references in the lyrics of that song. Because when I went to a John Denver concert in Kansas City, MO many years earlier the audience just went wild when he sang about...
”a Kansas wheat field.” They loved having John refer to our local area here in the heartland of the nation.
“Fly Away” was done beautifully with Annie singing the harmony. “Take Me Home, Country Roads” could not be left out and “Calypso” came next. Jim ended the concert on a quiet note with the beautiful “Poems, Prayers and Promises.”
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THEATER: "Country Roads: The Songs of John Denver"
By Leah Kraus on May 13, 2009
Rochester City Newspaper
"Country Roads" is currently scheduled to run through June 13 at the Downstairs Cabaret Theater.
Tap into your inner country roots, because the music of John Denver is coming to the Downstairs Cabaret Theater. Songs such as "Take Me Home, Country Roads," "Thank God I'm a Country Boy," "Sunshine on my Shoulders," and "Leavin' on a Jet Plane" will be performed by charismatic singers and musicians as part of this new show, compiled by Tony Award-nominated director Randal Myler and Dan Wheetman, a former member of Denver's band.
"Country Roads" is currently scheduled to run through June 13. Tickets cost $27-$32. Downstairs Cabaret Theater is located at 20 Windsor Street. Call 325-4370 or visit www.downstairscabaret.com for more information and a schedule of show times.
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C O N C E R T R E V I E W S
Country Roads: A Celebration of John Denver
March 31, 2009
Princess Theatre, Hunstanton / UK
Country music fans were treated to a wonderful and memorable evening paying tribute to one of the most prolific artists of this musical genre of the 20th century.
Singer guitarist Wayne Denton not only bears an uncanny physical resemblance to the late John Denver but he also has a voice to match and a hugely likeable personality.
All the John Denver classic hits were performed including Annie's Song, Rocky Mountain High, Take Me Home Country Roads, Poems, Prayers and Promises and Sunshine On My Shoulders.
There were also some lesser-known ones such as Follow Me, My Sweet Lady, Goodbye Again and the political comment song What Are We Making Weapons For?
The evening was enhanced by a series of video images on a giant screen on stage that matched the theme of the song being sung.
In a full program, Wayne, who was backed by his talented two-piece band and vocalist Jaime Lovett, saved the best until last with a beautiful rendition of John Denver's self-confessed own favourite - Perhaps Love - which he recorded with opera singer Placido Domingo.
What better way to end than the song that so sums up John Denver's career and life - This Old Guitar, containing the words “I love to sing my songs for you”? And how an appreciative Hunstanton audience loved hearing them.
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J O H N D E N V E R N O T E S
The John Denver Orchestrations
From the program of the “The Music of John Denver” 4-17-09 KC, MO
“The Music of the late John Denver is like an old friend, outlasting trends and standing the test of time, but that’s not the case with the original John Denver orchestrations. More than a decade had passed since the music of American composer John Denver has graced the stage of a symphony orchestra with the original orchestrations used by John himself.
The reason for this long absence was that the original orchestration parts had all been destroyed after John’s death in 1997. The only remaining parts left were the original composer scores, written in pencil and safely kept in a vault in California by the composer and arranger, Lee Holdridge. What would possess someone to destroy hundreds of pages of American music history? Especially works that were hand written in the 1970’s at a time when computer written music was not available. One can only guess that the people managing the John Denver estate did not know what they had or how valuable it was.
Not all is lost! When Jim Curry learned that the scores had been destroyed he embarked on a project together with Lee Holdridge that would take nearly 8 months. To fulfill his desire for John’s music to live again in a symphony performance, Jim had commissioned the orchestra parts to be meticulously extracted from the penciled originals and readied for tonight’s world premiere with the Kansas City Symphony – an amazing moment in music history.”
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I just wanted to pass along to your readers that Heritage Auction Galleries are
Going to auction several of John Denver’s guitars for Hal Thau early in June. This is big news, as JD’s guitars seldom come up for sale.
Their web site is www.ha.com and I have the details posted on my
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Some nice words from Westword – Denver News:
Roll over, Sinatra: And tell Elvis the news. When it comes to raising money for public television, nobody beats John Denver - which is why KBDI went back to the well Monday, rerunning "John Denver: A Song's Best Friend", a documentary
produced in 2007. But Channel 12 had a new lure this time, tickets to
"John Denver: The Tribute," a June 27 Red Rocks concert that will feature Denver
tribute artist Roy Rivers and original Denver guitarist Steve Weisberg, and
commemorate the twentieth anniversary of Denver's final performance at Red
"It was our best prime-time night thus far with pledge," says KBDI membership director Shari Bernson. Although she didn't have total numbers as of Tuesday, Bernson says the ticket giveaway (you got two with a $150 pledge) was a major draw. "We were thrilled because so many not-for-profits don't know what to
expect right now, and a lot of public television stations took a hit in their
December pledge drives," she notes. The show and the offer will run again
Elvis, Frank Sinatra and Johnny Cash have all done all right for KBDI, but
nothing scores with Channel 12's audience like Denver. "His music appeals
to a broad base of people," Bernson says. "It just lifts you. I think maybe
the 1970s were a happier time for people, and folks get sentimental."
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Lori Kutz: March 31, 2009
Tonight on “Dancing With the Stars” they started the show with dancers dancing
To “Annie’s Song” … the band was playing and a singer was singing it … it was amazing.
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Endings and Beginnings
by Richard Romanowski
I saw many peaceful sunsets and dawnings of the day
Both endings and beginnings on the bay at Monterey.
On one October evening with eagle’s faltered flight
A precious life was taken there and drawn into the light.
No more to give us wisdom in the lyrics of a song,
No more to warn and guide us, no more to right a wrong.
Yet the gifts John gave to us while with us on this earth
Are treasures to be valued and immeasurable in worth.
To incorporate these valued gifts into your daily life
Is to carry on his legacy in times of joy or strife.
So when you see a sunset know that dawn is hours away
Remember endings and beginnings on the bay at Monterey.
(c) 2009 by Richard Romanowski < WrangellMtns@aol.com >
J O H N D E N V E R W A N T A D S
Kathy Lill has John Denver vhs tapes for sale.
They are $10 each including postage. Email her
For information: firstname.lastname@example.org
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email@example.com > I have
John Denver DVD's available. They are 2 hours long.
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Our Mother went through her stuff in storage and found JD items
To sell: 10 different tour books $10 each / World tour shirt $20 /
Plant a tree tour shirt $20 / “Annie’s Song” Christmas ornament $30 /
Golf Balls with “John” on them $10 / and much more.
Nick B < firstname.lastname@example.org >
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John Denver VHS Video Tape available: “Higher Ground” $15 includes
US Postage / Mary Kushneir / 7999 Spruce Hill Drive / Clay, NY 13041
Please write or email: email@example.com
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“Fingerpicking Wonder: The Music of Stevie Wonder”, Pete Huttlinger’s
New cd is available from:
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“Let This Be A Voice” on DVD (1998) $17.95
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