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

Listen to Quenby on Music Ranch Radio …and Turn Your Day Around!

It’s November and Quenby is back in Montana-land hitting the ground running… Check out the Upcoming Events to get out and treat yourself to a spirited night of roots music!

And, in the meantime, if you missed it live, you can check out Quenby’s radio interview from October 18, 2016 – with Jimmy Kujala on

You can check also find the links to this and other shows now through the link under the ‘Press/Interviews’ dropdown! Thanks Jimmy and Music Ranch Radio!


Here are cliffnotes from the interview… but you’ll want to listen to it!!

>>> The last time Jimmy and Music Ranch Radio connected with Quenby was just before she set out to record her new album in Austin, TX this very week last year! Now it’s 2016 and ‘Pretty Little Thing’ is available for purchase, download and streaming. >>>

1:15 Quenby reminisces about her history with music and the country music genre – big fan of The Mavericks (Raul Malo), Wanda Jackson.
5:51 Pretty Little Thing album production process >>
6:08 The pure pleasure of working with of Dale Watson’s rhythm section – Chris Crepps, Mike Bernal
9:05 Montana mother and daughter singer-songwriters, Claudia Williams and Tessy Lou Williams, both sing backup vocals on the album

9:30 **Wined and Dined** TRACK 1 from PLT

15:00 First album, ‘Long Time Comin’, was a studio album produced by a good friend, but this latest album Quenby produced on her own after having taken the songs out on the road with the WOW Band
16:50 Priceless experience earned observing and helping Sean Devine record his album ‘Austin City Blues’ in 2014.
17:45 Kujala and Quenby discuss Devine and the pre-production work needed to do quality music production
19:35 Ward Davis comment to Jimmy about Sean during recent tour through Red Lodge “For Sean it’s always Music, always that thought going on…”
21:13 Kevin Toll played with Quenby when she first toured MT in the winter of 2013 and is still playing with the band.
24:27 Bozeman fiddle player, Britt Smith, connected Quenby with Devine’s songwriter series
26:00 Kenny Williams, Montana musician, father of Tessy Lou, and bassist in her band, and Mike Singer, banjo player from Bozeman, both recommended Kevin Toll as a lead guitarist
26:30 Jimmy has had the opportunity to stand in and play with the WOW Band, and says, “It’s a blast!”. Quenby: “I want to be here for people and turn their day around.”

27:55 **Falling of Horses** TRACK 4 from PLT

32:20 Jimmy & Quenby talk about songwriting and life in the big city as compared to life in Montana.

39:00 Next shows in the Red Lodge area:

Snow Creek, Red Lodge – 9:30p – 1:20a
December 10
Snow Creek Saloon, 124 Broadway Ave S
Red Lodge, MT 59068 United States

Bierstube, Red Lodge Mountain – acoustic trio
December 10 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Red Lodge Mountain, Ski Run Road
Red Lodge, MT

40:00 Sharing family stories as Quenby is with family in Wayland, MA after her mother’s passing. Quenby found a certificate of appreciation from MIT that was given to her mother for work done on the Apollo space mission. Jimmy learned for the first time upon his father’s passing that his father had brothers. Jimmy, “Always sad when you lose somebody, but always great to look at the memories and pass those along.” How true!

~ Heidi Lea… Blogging for Q&WOW

Radio Not Silent – KGLT Makin’ Some Noise!

Hey fellow fans! While we bide our time this October, waiting for Quenby to get back to Montana playing her live shows in November, we’ll be adding some new material for you to explore here on the website.

I had the pleasure of joining Quenby in the KGLT studio with Bob Butts this spring (June 7, 2016) to reminisce about the making of Pretty Little Thing. You can check out the show now through the link under the ‘Press/Interviews’ dropdown, along with the fun KGLT Station Identification spot – she nailed it! Thanks Bob and KGLT!

Here are highlights and ‘shoutout’ times from the discussion…. Enjoy!!

3.06 Kevin Syzmanski – 12th St Sound

The rhythm section:
3.20 Mike Bernal, Chris Creps from Dale Watson’s Band

3.27 Doug Strahan from Memphis Strange
3.40 Phil Hurley
3.43 Sean Devine

Steel Pedal Player:
3.54 Nathan Fleming

‘Montana Contingent’
4.10 Brian Paugh – Mandolin and Violin
4.12 Tessy Lou Williams – Back-up Vocals
4.22 Electric Peak Studios – Fred Baker
4.30 Kevin Toll – Lead Guitar
4.32 Claudia Williams – Back-up Vocals

4.40 Earl Poole Ball
4.42 Stewart Cochran – B3-Hammond Organ

5.07 Tejano / diatonic accordian (James Edward Sanchez) on ‘Easy’
5.29 Michael Ramos

6.07 – 9.42 TITLE TRACK 5 “Pretty Little Thing”

10.03 James Edward Sanchez on Easy
11.23 Brian Paugh plays Mandolin on Easy

12.09 – 15.50 TRACK 7 “Easy”

16.40 Tina Benedickt contribution to lyrics on ‘Wined and Dined’

18.38 – 22.12 TRACK 1 “Wined and Dined”
22.13 – 26.19 TRACK 3 “You’re No Good Unless You’re Mine”

28.30 Doug Strahan, “killed it!” Nathan Fleming, “came up with key change…” on ‘Falling Off Horses’

29.17 – 32.45 TRACK 4 “Falling Off Horses”
32.46 – 38.22 TRACK 8 “Too Much”

39.00 Pinto Bennet wrote ’No Sweat’ originally for the Everly Brothers
40.18 Photographers Taylor Kent (cover and other color photos) and Andrew Carrell (inside b&w photo montage)

41.30 – 43.45 TRACK 9 “No Sweat”

Visit for your copy of PLT!! Check out lyrics, schwag, and the inside story!

~ 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!