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The Creative Muse ~ Quenby Performances Spring 2017

A great dancing crew came out recently to see Quenby and the West of Wayland Band at the Riverhouse in Big Sky. This was followed by a weekend in Jackson Hole with the band, and a fun solo gig this week at Bozeman Spirits.

Photo credits Andrew Tocco and Heidi Lea

This coming weekend will hold two nights of more fun and dancing! Join the band at the Bozeman Eagles from 9:30p-1:30a both Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8. You better make it out because this is the last local gig with the full band until May, and you don’t want to miss the last evenings that Jason ‘Crawdad’ Uhlmann will be playing his ripping upright bass with the band!

Then coming up… a change of Quenby’s creative focus to the theater brings to us the performance of Venus in Fur at the Blue Slipper Theatre in Livingston, MT. The show will be running Fridays-Sundays from Apr 21 through May 7, 2017.

The two person cast for this intriguing drama about the gender-power struggle consists of:
Vanda……..Quenby Iandiorio
Thomas…….Aaron Schuerr

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Quenby and WOW Return to Chico!!

Ready to dance and soak your worries away?? There’s no better way to end a winter day than soaking at the springs and then enjoying a night of great music and dancing – the perfect combo! Not since 2013 have Quenby and the West of Wayland Band graced the Chico Bar stage. Time to celebrate! Perhaps even make this a way to ‘march forth’ into the new year with rejuvenated perspective.

Friday & Saturday, March 3 – 4
~ 9 pm to 1am both nights

Buoyed up from the support of musical friends and fans from her recent sojourn in Texas, Quenby has returned to Montana inspired. There’s much work in the world to do, and doing it through music helps bring a greater balance to life’s stage!

In addition to working on new songs, a new sticker is in order. Send us your ideas and be looking and listening for new songs coming this spring! In the meantime, enjoy the old ones on Quenby and WOW Band’s albums. You can even sing-a-long on our lyrics pages! Enjoy bothPretty Little Thing produced in 2016 and Long Time Comin’ produced in 2009.

Looking forward to seeing you at our shows!

Sharing Quenby with Texas Troubadours in Austin and Spicewood

Photo credit to Larry Harris


Quenby’s Texas tour of “Pretty Little Thing” began and ended at the Saxon Tuesday night with most of the studio musicians, Mike Bernal, Doug Strahan, Stewart Cochran, Nathan Fleming, and Bryan Paugh plus all-star pinch-hitters, Rick Watson on upright bass and Matt Lara on accordion. We got off to a bit of a late start following Hayes Carll and Ray Wylie Hubbard, but I told them I’d let it slide….this time. And an extra big shout-out to dear Austin friends for coming out showing us the love. This record couldn’t have been made without y’all! Pretty Little Thing… from the studio to the stage! Visit our shop if you still need your copy!

Photo credit to Sean Devine

Come on out to Poodies in Spicewood tonight – Thursday, February 9 – for more good time music! Sean Devine and Quenby (from 6-8 PM) will be sharing the stage with George DeVore – seriously fun rockin’ good times to come!

And then on Sunday, February 12 in Austin, Quenby has a solo show at Opa from 6 – 8 PM.

Here’s some shots from the marquee and stage at the Saxon…

Photo credit to Sean Devine

Photo credit to Sean Devine

Quenby and Sean will make the long-roaded journey back to Montana next week after Sean brings love to Valentine’s Day back at the Saxon… Keep your hearts happy y’all!!

Photo credit Andrew Carrell

~ Heidi Lea blogging for Q

Seeking a night of unadulterated fun? Come to the UNHoliday Party!

The WOW Band’s BIG GIG this season is Friday, December 9th at Pine Creek Lodge in the Paradise Valley – the UNHoliday Party!!! Grab your friends and come forget your holiday woes and kick your heels up with some danceable country music!!! This will be INSIDE as winter has arrived in our fair valley, but what better way to cozy up to winter than with fellow fun-loving music lovers?!

This will be the WOW Band’s last local gig until February 2017!! Look for Quenby, Kevin Toll on guitar, Jason Uhlmann on bass, and Brian Kennedy on drums in West Yellowstone, Jackson Hole and many other places before they make it back to the Gallatin River House on Feb. 3rd and the Eagles Feb. 24th and 25th.

Music will begin at 8 pm with a $5 cover at the door!

We look forward to seeing you in your (snow)dusted-off boots and kicking off the Holiday blues…

Dance the night away!

Dance the night away!

~ Heidi Lea …blogging for Q & WOW

Heartaches by the Number crooner “Strick” Strickler …66 years ain’t bad!

This week we want to send a heartfelt shout out to Floyd “Strick” and Meta Strickler in celebration of their 66th Wedding Anniversary!

It was a little more than a year ago in October, when I had the delight of dancing with Strick before he did his set with Quenby and the WOW Band at Stacey’s in Gallatin Gateway. He told me then that ‘next year’ would be he and Meta’s 66th anniversary… and that their wedding dance had been right there, at Stacey’s (!), all those years ago; AND Strick’s Band, The Wranglers, played music for it! I have since heard an endless bounty of musical stories and adventures of the ‘Life and Times’ of “Strick” and his talented family. Mostly though, I continue to appreciate this local legend as he brings it to the stage, at a spry 86-years-young, for all of us – a Legacy of Americana Music from Montana.

Check out Strick with Quenby and the West of Wayland Band from September 17, 2016 at the Bozeman Eagles, singing ‘Heartaches by the Numbers’. This chorus is highlighted,

“Now I’ve got heartaches by the numbers
A love that I can’t win
But the day that I stop counting
That’s the day my world will end

Heartache number three was when you called me
And told me you was coming home to stay
With hoping heart I waited for your knock on the door
I waited but you must have lost your way

Now I’ve got heartaches by the numbers
Troubles by the score
Every day you love me less
Each day I love you more

Now I’ve got heartaches by the numbers
A love that I can’t win
But the day that I stop countin’
That’s the day my world will end”

This song is written by Harlan Howard, and sung by all the greats of country – i.e. Strick Strickler! Always a pleasure and an honor to support our musician story tellers! We can safely say that this is not Strick’s ‘True Story’ with his lifelong beloved; and as you can see, Bozeman was out dancing and enjoying this timeless tune and grandfather of our Gallatin Valley.

You’ll see Strick out regularly as a special guest with not only the WOW band, but so many others ‘Western Electric’, ‘SlomoJoe’, ‘Little Jane and the Pistol Whips’, and the ‘Heather Lingle Band’ among others. We’re hoping he’ll be out this Friday and Saturday with us at the Bozeman Legion – see you there!

~ Heidi Lea… Blogging for Q&WOW

Pretty Little Thing …available for your entertainment pleasure!

The day we’ve been working towards – delivering Pretty Little Thing to YOU!

You’ll find this photo montage within the CD jacket… fond memories from the first recording session in November 2015 at 12th Street Sound in Austin TX.

Click me to see the spread! Kyle Davis Strode of Rancid Ranch Design > mosaic of Andrew Carrell photos

Click me to see the spread! Kyle Davis Strode of Rancid Ranch Design > mosaic of Andrew Carrell photos

Top row, (left to right): Wade Josey (assistant engineer), Kevin Syzmanski (sound engineer, recording, mixing) faded in back, Robert Rendon (videographer), Earl Poole Ball (piano), Michael Ramos (Accordion), Quenby (superstar)

Middle row: Kevin Syzmanski, Mike Bernal (drums / percussion), Chris Crepps (upright bass), Brian Paugh (mandolin/fiddle), James Edward Sanchez (accordion), Patches (mascot)

Bottom row L: moi…Heidi Lea, Doug Strahan (electric guitar), Phil Hurley (electric guitar), Nathan Fleming (pedal steel guitar), Stewart Cochran (Hammond B-3 organ, piano), Chris>Q>Mikey

Not pictured is an awesome collection of musicians and personnel including Claudia and Tessy Lou Williams (so wonderful to have the amazingly talented mother/daughter duo participate!), and our local heros of the electric guitar – Kevin Toll and Sean Devine!! – and, of course, Fred Baker, master of mastering, at Electric Peak S in Gardiner, MT. A HUGE thank you to everyone involved!

Click to buy the entire PLT Album!

Click to buy the PLT Album!

You will now find the PLT album available in ‘the shop’ along with lyrics and links to listen to the new tunes… You can download the entire album, order a hard copy of the CD, or download individual tracks. Enjoy!

Long Time Comin’ Now Available as a Digital Download!

New things are comin’…If you don’t own it already, check out ‘the shop’ where you can now purchase *in digital format* the WOW Band’s first album, “Long Time Comin'”. You can download the entire album, order a hard copy of the CD, or download individual tracks.

Buy the entire LTC Album!

Buy the entire LTC Album!

The new album, ‘Pretty Little Thing’ arrived yesterday so we are having a big party to celebrate the official release on Friday and Saturday, April 29th and 30th at the Eagles in Bozeman! Come get your copy! If you like shopping record stores, Cactus in Bozeman and Conley’s in Livingston will also have copies for sale.

And for all you forward-thinking hipsters out there, a downloadable version of the entire album as well as single tracks will also be available on the website starting Friday.

Bring all your friends to the Eagles for the celebration with great music from Quenby and her fabulous West of Wayland Band playas – featuring Kevin Toll, Tom Day, Michael Hoffman and Brian Kennedy!

Monday, May 2, Quenby and Jason Uhlmann will be at Neptunes Brewery in Livingston. and then Quenby takes off for her Boston-area tour for 3 weeks! Let’s send her off with our presence this week in celebration of this great new studio compilation!

Also, we wanted to draw your attention to some some changes and big improvements to the website. Check out the following:

HOME tab >> Pictures featured in the photo shoots for Pretty Little Thing by both Taylor Kent (color series) and Andy Carrell (b&w)
MUSIC tab >> ALBUM – LONG TIME COMIN’ sub category with links to lyrics, listening, & options to ‘Own It!’
BIO tab >> New tab with consolidated bio info
BLOG tab >> New tab too… bringing all our blog updates to one easy to view area
PRESS/INTERVIEWS tab >> new stuff!! Including a KGLT radio interview from 2013 dredged up from the annals of time with Quenby and Bob Butts… a GREAT listen!
MEDIA tab >> New tab with dropdowns of PHOTOS and POSTERS
SHOP tab >> See the new Long Time Comin’ music options in CD, Digital album or singles!

Giving Week and Anticipating the PLT CD!

Fingers crossed, the Pretty Little Thing CD will be shipped as anticipated this coming Tuesday; meaning… we’ll hopefully have them ready for all you dancers and music fans who’ve been waiting for our Eagles gig next weekend!

In the meantime, come listen and support the following causes this week:

Thursday, April 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm >> The Belgrade Bandits Baseball Team ~ Bandits Brew Tour @ the Element, Bozeman – acoustic duo w/ Jason Uhlmann

Saturday, April 23 @ 7:00 pm >> FUNDRAISER for McNAIR SKATE PARK!!! @ the FAIRGROUNDS, Livingston – Quenby and the West of Wayland Band

Friday and Saturday, April 29-30 @ 9:30 pm – 1:30 am >> Eagles, Bozeman – Quenby and the West of Wayland Band

Photo from Bozeman Spirits from April 19, 2016 by Jake Tocco!

‘No Sweat’ by the legendary Pinto Bennett… our final feature song in PLT!

It’s happening ~> the album is off to be printed, and we’re wrapping up our song features from ‘Pretty Little Thing’ with “NO SWEAT”. This week Quenby spoke with Pinto Bennett, who has given his blessing of the inclusion of this song in the new album. Respected friends Kip Attaway, David Lyle Evans and Bob Z, all encouraged Quenby to meet Pinto and play with him – which she did with Claudia Williams last fall in Jackson Hole – it brings great pleasure hearing Claudia join in on this song for the recording!

The full band of players who are making this hopeful romantic tune come together in fine form are:

Mikey Bernal – Drums and Percussion
Chris Crepps – Upright Bass
Quenby – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Doug Strahan – Electric Guitar
Kevin Toll– Electric Guitar, Harmony Vocals
Earl Poole Ball– Piano
Claudia Williams– Harmony Vocals

***A snippet of the lyrics for “No Sweat”***

I’ve been around the block before
Loved some less, I loved some more
Fools rush in it’s no big deal
I kind of like the way love feels

Half right
Half wrong
All night
Love song
Best yet
You bet
In love,
No Sweat

There you have it folks! 11 songs featured now over the last 11 weeks! Mention ‘No Sweat’ or ‘Pretty Little Thing’ at Stacey’s this weekend or at Bozeman Spirits next week and win a free Quenby and WOW band t-shirt in celebration of the new release!

Friday & Saturday, April 15th and 16th at Stacey’s in Gallatin Gateway @ 8:30pm …come dance with Quenby and the band featuring Kevin Toll, Michael Hoffman, Tom Day and Brian Kennedy

Tuesday, April 5 at Bozeman Spirits from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm …Quenby playing solo acoustic

Anywhere? How about where Calamity Jane was rumored to have spent a night in the early 1900’s?

This is a remarkable week in the life of our faire Quenby… who has moved into not just “Anywhere”, but part of her new home in Livingston! This is also the name of the 10th and second to the last featured song for the new album ‘Pretty Little Thing’ – and next week we will cover the final of the 11 songs you’ll find on the new album. We are so close to sending it to press!

This song expresses the sorrows of finding a trusted friend no longer along the ride as life moves along…

***Anywhere***

Lyrics:
You, you said to me
You said you would follow me anywhere
I, I heard your plea
And said you can follow me anywhere
Yeah come on and follow me anywhere

Now you, you say to me
You say you won’t follow me anywhere
Turns out you didn’t mean
That you would follow me anywhere
No you can’t follow me anywhere

You say you wanna ride
You say you’ll stick by my side
But you won’t follow me anywhere

On that note, this week the legendary Merle Haggard passed on his 79th birthday – he was about to take off on tour with his buddy Willie Nelson. Funnily our friend Jake was sporting this shirt at MAP Brewery on Tuesday night – it was a great eve with Quenby and Uncle Bill Devine serenading us >>>

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This weekend coming:

* Friday and Saturday Nights!! April 8 & 9 @ The Virginian, Jackson Hole from 9:30 pm – 1 am

* Sunday, April 10 @ Songwriter’s Show, Yellowstone Valley Brewing w/ Tom Catmull and Sean Devine from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

~banter by yours truly… Heidi the SuperFan XO