I would like to thank all of the Roundup readers who have called or stopped me on the streets of Payson to wish me congratulations on my recent engagement to Ann. Your warm words are sincerely appreciated.
I am really sorry that I missed the Independence Day festivities last week here in Payson. I had a three-day holiday gig in Overgaard and was unable to make it back to town until Sunday night. (And, boy, was that fun riding in bumper-to-bumper traffic from Kohl’s Ranch to Star Valley). I understand the fireworks at Green Valley Park were great and the crowd was just awesome.
This Saturday’s Concert Under the Stars at Green Valley Park will be a special night for those who love the blues. CG Blues will be performing from 7 to 9 p.m. and promises to bring us the best the blues has to offer.
And speaking of the blues, when I am DJing and asked to play a blues song, the blues artist most often requested is the subject of this week’s music trivia question.
This blues artist, with his astonishingly accomplished guitar playing, ignited the blues revival of the 1980s. He drew equally from bluesmen like Albert King, Otis Rush and Muddy Waters and rock ’n’ roll players like Jimi Hendrix and Lonnie Mack, developing a uniquely eclectic and fiery style that sounded like no other guitarist, regardless of genre. He bridged the gap between blues and rock like no other artist had since the late 1960s.
He was born and raised in Dallas, and often recorded under the name “Double Trouble.” Some of his more popular recordings are “Texas Flood” (1983), “Couldn’t Stand the Weather” (1984) and “Tick Tock” (1990). He tragically died in a helicopter crash on Aug. 27, 1990. He was only 35 years old.
Is this popular blues recording star A) B.B. King, B) Ray Charles, C) Stevie Ray Vaughn or D) John Lee Hooker?
If you are caller number six this week and have the correct answer, you will win a CD of your choice from my music library.
Now, let’s check out how we did with last week’s question, which was: In the 1957 hit, “Marianne,” by the Hilltoppers, what was Marianne doing down by the seaside? Was she A) sifting sand, B) building sand castles, C) writing love letters in the sand, or D) preparing paperwork for her visa?
The correct answer was A) sifting sand.
Congratulations to this past week’s trivia winner, Sandi Silvey. Sandi was a first-time caller and was surprised as heck to win. She and her husband, Neal, live in Strawberry.
Sandi was born and raised in Center, Texas (and she still has a bit of that Lonestar twang). She moved to Scottsdale in 1972.
It is an interesting story how Sandi met and ended up marrying Neal. Following her divorce from her first husband, and being a risk-taker, Sandi began frequenting the Dallas House (a “Cheers”-type of establishment) in Scottsdale, in the hope of meeting a new beau.
Well, it wasn’t long before Neal came walking through the neighborhood bar’s door and Sandi’s heart went a-flutter. But after that sparks-a-flying first meeting, Sandi told me Neal just seemed to disappear. Not one to let a good thing slip away, Sandi began a quest to find her man. With the help of friends and after three months of searching, she finally lassoed the man of her dreams. The two have been married for 23 years.
Sandi is now retired and Neal works as a U.S. postal employee, transporting our mail to and from the Valley. In 1988, as an investment, the couple bought a second home in Strawberry and spent the weekends relaxing in the cool mountain air. They moved there full time in 2004.
Sandi enjoys spending her time playing bingo, sewing, making crafts and meeting new people. Her favorite music is country-western and popular music from the 1950s and 60s. At the top of her favorite artist list is Eddie Arnold, Jim Reeves and Sammy Kershaw.
Last, as a “Big Brother” in the Big Brother Big Sisters program, I would like to invite you to support our program by forming a five-member team and join us on Aug. 23 for our annual Bowl For Kids’ Sake fund-raiser.
It’s a great way to help the kids right here in town and at the same time have a whale of a good time.
If you are not able to form a team, but would still like to bowl and help out, that would be great, too. We can add you to a team that is short a team member or two. Give me a call and I’ll fill you in on the details.
DJ Craig — Phone: 468-1482
Web site: www.DJCraigInPayson.com