From Mary and I and all of our musician friends—THANK YOU for your support by going to see live performances, purchasing recordings, forwarding band posts on FB and other social media, and taking music lessons. It all helps us to continue supporting ourselves doing what we do best—teaching, creating and performing. We’re starting work immediately in January on a new all-original recording that we hope to release this summer and will also be re-releasing our classic “Groovy Sessions” recording because it still makes us smile and hope it will do the same for you! Stay tuned for our upcoming crowd-sourcing campaign to help us with CD and video (!) production costs. We wish you all the very best in 2020! 

Gaines & Wagoner 2019 Highlights: 

—We love our new website designed by the very talented Jess Parvin

—We made our first appearance as Gaines & Wagoner at The Stoughton Opera House featuring a new backing electric string trio called “The Diddy Wah Diddy’s” (Shauncey Ali, Jen Paulson, Rin Ribble) which took ALOT of prep, but was so worth it! And FABULOUS pics by Jentri Colello!!! 

—performing at the Shitty Barn Season Announce show with our group, Graminy, and also as G&W 

—opening shows for Willy Porter at Leo & Leona’s and The Barn at LaGrange 

—co-bills with our friend, Robert ‘One-Man’ Johnson 

—performing the “Going Dutch” dance festival in Elgin, IL with Katherine Kramer and “Moxie” 

—performing at Larryfest near LaCrosse for the first time 

—trio and quartet shows with Randy Sabien…always a gas! 

—performing with Blake Thomas’ awesome “Take It With You” live radio theater podcast in Duluth and being part of the ensemble when we won the podcast category of the new Catalyst Festival in Duluth 

—“Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks” and “Tinsel & Twang” shows with Tom Waselchuk and members of the Dang-Its at classic theaters and opera houses including the fabulous Al Ringling Theater in Baraboo, WI 

—the release of Graminy’s “Live from the Brink Lounge” CD featuring the last live performance with former band-mate, Shauncey Ali 

—rare but always fun reunion concerts with The Moon Gypsies 

—having a brand new transmission installed in our newly purchased used Honda Pilot for free by MSR Auto in Middleton after the legal return date. That would have been financially devastating but they took care of their newest customers. Thank you MSR Auto! 

—being selected to perform an official showcase at FARM (Folk Alliance Region Midwest) in Grand Rapids, MI, where we made many new friends and opened a lot of doors which we’ll walk through in 2020!