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Newsletter May - August 2018
Spring is in the air --- or is it? we're finally getting some green grass to go with our bluegrass! Ha! We're hoping this finds all of you in good spirits. The band is working on a new CD, mostly live recordings from the Music Hall where our audiences get lots of credit. We're having fun putting it together and are certain you will enjoy it, too.

We are looking forward to our annual Western Swing show, May 12th. We'll have a full band of great pickers and Leon said he is going to try to make it. 90 years old and still singing great! This year's Western Swing will be held at the Community Church, I-35 and Seward Road, south of Guthrie. 7:30pm & $15 It's always a crowd pleaser.

The Oklahoma's International Bluegrass Festival just held it's first endowment fund raiser at the Scottish Rite Temple in Guthrie. Everyone had a good time and I think we raised some money to keep us going, but it is never too late to donate to our foundation. We want to insure the festival can be here years from now. OIBF is a non-profit organization so all donations are tax deductible.

Speaking of the festival: our dates this year are Oct. 4 - 6. Tommy Emmanuel will headline Saturday's artists; the Kruger Brothers are returning as is April Verch, the dancing Canadian fiddler, as well as lots of other new acts. You can get your tickets early and save a few dollars by going to OIBF.com for more information.

We hope you can make it to some of our concerts at the Music Hall. We always have lots of fun, plus plenty of sweet bites with Lynn Burgess' homemade pies! Call the shop (405-282-6646) or go to our website (www.doublestop.com) to check our dates.

Don't forget we have a Music Hall show this Saturday, 89er's weekend,
and Barry Bones will be on stage with us. See you then!

MUSIC HALL SHOW SCHEDULE
to reserve tickets call 405-282-6646
shows begin at 7:30pm --- $10 per person
Western Swing = $15

May 12* & 26
June 09 & 30
July 14 & 21
Aug. 11 & 25

*Community Church concert = Pastor Bill Williams and his staff have generously agreed to share their space with us again --- ground floor, NO STAIRS! I-35 & Seward Rd.


Discount Tickets
We are continuing the offer for bargain tickets, 8 shows for $68, including our Western Swing evening which will be held at Community Church. That is $8.00 per show May through August ($12 for Western Swing), and the privilege of selecting your reserved seat location. The tickets will be ready to buy by the time you read this. Remember it is first come, first served for your seat selection, and we hold your seat for you only until show time. 2 = $136


Out & About

Friday, April 28 Tahlequah's Red Fern Festival 8pm on NSU campus
Friday, Aug. 24 Altus' Giddy-Up Gala Fairgrounds 6pm


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Instruments at the Fiddle Shop

GUITARS: We have lots of new arrivals: 2 great Gibson archtops --- a 1951 Super 400 and a 1950 L7 cutaway, both in mint condition. We have a 1963 0018 Martin, a 1949 J50 Gibson, 2 archtop Gibson tenor guitars, one a 1955 and the other a 1959, both in great condition. We also have many Martins, Gibsons, Collings, Mossmans, Grammer, Ayers, Ovation, Takamini,and Blueridge guitars, to name a few, in addition to lots of less expensive guitars. We also have several electrics and a bass or two.
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MANDOLINS: Just in: a 1918 A-2 Gibson, and a 1956 F12 Gibson, both really nice. My instrument of choice is Collings new M5V, varnish finish. It has a great sound! We just acquired a Gibson Monroe Signature #156, 1944, with a great sound. We have a Kentucky KM5000; a Bill Monroe model signed by his son. Also a Kentucky KM1500 and two old Martins, The Loar, a couple of Triggs mandolins and a Fender. We still have that beautiful Black Ice Weber --- too beautiful to describe. You mando pickers must see it, and check out the 5 string mando!
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BANJOS: we have a good selection of new and used instruments from entry level to quality Gibsons. We now have two Imperials, a chrome engraved and a top tension gold, both with a great sound.
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FIDDLES: we have the biggest and best selection of anyone around these parts. We have some wonderful 18th and 19th century violins from all over the world, as well as many entry-level violins starting at $!50. We also have violas, cellos and a few bases --- bows, cases, and assorted accessories.
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MISC: we have tuners, straps, picks, strings, rosin, capos, pickups, chin rests, shoulder rests, pitch pipes, and books on how to play each instrument, in addition to DVDs and CDs of the band.
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Our website includes videos of our instruments, so you can both see and hear them. I am always getting in new and vintage instruments that are not included on the website, so be sure and come in often to see what's new!
http://www.doublestop.com Website (http://www.doublestop.com)
Posted on Apr 17 2018



Newsletter Dec 2017
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I always enjoy this time of year --- weather changing, leaves falling, the hustle and bustle of Christmas, friends and family --- and that's how we feel about all of you, our friends and family.

Coming right up are Guthrie's two Victorian Walk evenings, Dec. 9 and 16. Enjoy the many live Victorian window scenes around town, then join us for our stage concert featuring many of your favorite Christmas songs and a visit from the GHS Victorian Singers. These shows tend to fill up fast, so if you know you're coming, it would probably help to call for reservations.

I thought our Oklahoma International Bluegrass festival was a terrific success. The weather was almost perfect, the crowds were happy, the musicians were amazing --- I guess we'll plan another! Next year's dates are October 4 - 6, so mark them down in your 2018 calendar.

We are continuing the offer for bargain tickets, 8 shows for $68, which includes the February Fiddle Fest. That is $8.00 per show January through April, ($12 for FiddleFest) and the privilege of selecting your reserved seat location. The tickets will be ready to buy by the time you read this. Remember it is first-come, first-served for your seat selection, and we hold your seat for you only until show time. (2 = $136)

If you haven't been to a Music Hall show lately we're missing you, and you are missing all the amazing homemade pies Greg's wife, Lynn, is dishing up during intermission. We're having lots of fun, so we hope you will join us at the Music Hall when you can.
Now for what's coming up ----

Our annual FiddleFest is Saturday, February 3rd. This is a very popular show -- often selling out. It might be a good idea to call in for reservations. It's a wonderful opportunity to see and hear a stage full of fiddlers, young and old!


NO STAIRS On Saturday, February 24, we are again performing at Community Church, south of town, facing I-35 on the west side of the highway. Pastor Bill Williams and his church have once again graciously offered us the use of their Fellowship Hall --- same specifics, doors open at 7pm, show at 7:30, cost $10. The hall is on the ground floor --- there are NO STEPS to climb! Tell your friends.
Community Church: I-35 exit 151, Seward Road
512 E. Seward Rd. Guthrie

Keep in mind the Western Swing music and dance evening is May 12th, NOT at the Logan County Fairgrounds this year. It is very likely we will move it to the Community Church. We're looking forward to hearing the amazing 90 year old Leon Rausch sing our favorite Bob Wills tunes.

Sirius' bluegrass station #62 continues to play tunes from my double cd, for which I am thankful. You may get your Christmas copy at the Fiddle Shop anytime and I'll be glad to autograph it for you!

Byron Berline Band
Music Hall Show Schedule
to reserve tickets call 405-282-6646
shows begin at 7:30pm --- $10 per person
January 6 & 20
February 3 & 24*
March 10 & 24
April 7 & 21

*Community Church concert 512 E. Seward Road, Guthrie

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Instruments at the Fiddle Shop

GUITARS: we have many Martins, Gibsons, Collings and Blueridge guitars. A few of our recent additions: a 1972 D-35 Martin, four Ovations, all with pickups, a 1964 Silvertone with amp inside case, like new --- need to see; a 1950 J-45 Gibson, and a handmade O style from Steve Walden of New Orleans; in addition to lots of less expensive guitars; several electrics and a bass or two.a
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MANDOLINS: my instrument of choice is a Collings new M5V, varnish finish. It has a great sound! We just acquired a Gibson Monroe Signature #156, with a great sound. We have a Kentucky KM5000; a Bill Monroe model signed by his son. Also a Kentucky KM1500 and two old Martins, The Loar and a Fender. We still have a Weber Yellowstone and that beautiful Black Ice Weber . You mando pickers must see it, and check out the 5 string mando too!
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BANJOS: we have a good selection of new and used instruments from entry level to quality Gibsons, and we've just acquired two Imperials, built by Ty Piper. One is gold plated with top tension, the other is chrome plated.. In addition, we now have some open back banjos, and 4 or 6 string instruments
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FIDDLES: we have the biggest and best selection of anyone around these parts. You need to come in and check out the fiddles I got from Tex Logan's collection. We have some wonderful 18th and 19th century violins from all over the world, as well as many entry-level violins starting at $165. We also have violas, cellos and a few bases --- bows, cases, and assorted accessories.
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MISC: we now have a 1959 Fender six string double neck steel (no pedals)formerly belonged to a Turnpike Troubador. I just received the cadillac of steel guitars, a MSA Millenium, black graphite, double 10 string with all accessories, including a Peavey 112 amp. We also have tuners, straps, picks, strings, rosin, capos, pickups, chin rests, shoulder rests, pitch pipes, and books on how to play each instrument, in addition to DVDs and CDs of the band.
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Our website includes videos of our instruments, so you can both see and hear them. I am always getting in new and vintage instruments that are not included on the website, so be sure and come in often to see what's new!
http://www.doublestop.com Website (http://www.doublestop.com)
Posted on Jan 02 2018



Newsletter Fall 2017
Double Stop Fiddle Shop and Music Hall News

Howdy! and how's your summer going? Been rather mild through most of it, but Mother Nature still has some August weather in store for us before the leaves start falling. Bette and I took a quick trip to Nashville for the annual NAMM (Nat'l Assoc of Music Merchants) summer trade show. We saw many of our long-time musician friends and so many of the latest and greatest new items, designs and inventions for music stores. While there I was happy to do an interview with Kyle Cantrell on SiriusXM's bluegrass channel. I enjoyed that a lot; he played several tunes from my Flying Fingers CD. Then we drove from Tenn to Roanoke, VA and spent an evening with Herschel and Joyce Sizemore. Herschel has long been an amazing mandolin player --- and great guy. He allowed me to play on his 3 special Loar mandolins. Yes, he owns three of them -- the Stradivarius of mandolins! From there we drove on into Madison, NJ to visit Jody Logan, the daughter of Tex Logan. Tex wrote "Christmas Time's a'Comin' " for Bill Monroe, and he introduced me to Bill in 1965 when Dad and I performed at the Newport Folk Festival. Tex passed away two years ago and left quite a violin collection. Jody asked me about the possibility of assessing, and perhaps purchasing the instruments. I did, ALL of them! Loaded them up in the van along with some of his personal items to drop off at the Bluegrass Museum in Owensboro, Ky. If you're ever close by, the museum is a neat place to visit.

The band boys and I had a really crazy trip to upstate Wisconsin a few weeks back. We were booked at the North Woods Bluegrass Festival in Manitowash Waters, WI. It was really beautiful there, but the mosquitoes were vicious! After 3 days and 5 performances, we decided it was more of a personal party for the festival producer. One positive --- we met a really nice band from Missouri, the Bluegrass Martins, all 7 brothers and sisters who play some really great music. I booked them for OIBF 2018!

The first weekend of August we drove to my hometown, Caldwell, KS, to play the Sumner Co. fair. Saw lots of my school classmates and even some guys I played football with and against from other Kansas towns. Some of whom I hadn't seen 55 years! Just a great evening!

Teaching guitar and banjo now at the Fiddle Shop is Sam Grounds. Sam is a young virtuoso who has his own band and is on his way to becoming a very successful musician. You can call him for lesson information at 405-385-4391

OIBF Oct. 5-7, 2017

This will be our 21st festival with lots of great acts performing, as usual. Sierra Hull is our Saturday night headliner; she is a young mandolin player and singer who has been nominated for several IBMA awards. You wont want to miss the Western Flyers, a western swing group from Texas with Joey McKenzie and his great group of musicians and singers. Also some first-time musicians, Will Maring and Robert Bowlin. These two play great original tunes, Robert was Bill Monroe's last fiddler, but wait until you hear him play the guitar!


Our International groups include The Elders from Ireland, an Irish rock group who will perform late night Friday, high energy and great music; The Louvat Brothers from Belgium (their 3rd visit); The Andrew Collins Trio from Canada (Andrew is a premier mandolin player); from Australia, Nick Charles, a great singer and guitar player; and, of course, the popular group from Japan, The Blue Side of Lonesome.

Check out the festival website: OIBF.com to purchase early tickets and for a performance schedule.


NO STAIRS On Saturday, Nov. 11, we are again performing at Community Church, south of town, facing I-35 on the west side of the highway. Pastor Bill Williams and his church have once again graciously offered us the use of their Fellowship Hall --- same specifics, doors open at 7pm, show at 7:30, cost $10. The hall is on the ground floor --- there are NO STEPS to climb! Tell your friends.
Community Church: I-35 exit 151, Seward Road 512 E. Seward Rd. Guthrie

CD'S
Sirius' bluegrass station #62 continues to play tunes from my recent double cd, Flyin' Fingers, for which I am thankful. You may get your Christmas copy at the Fiddle Shop anytime!

DISCOUNT TICKETS
We are continuing our offer for bargain tickets, 7 shows for $56.00. That is $8.00 per show September thru December, ($112 per couple ), and the privilege of selecting your reserved seat location. The ticket is also good for the Community Church show and will be ready to purchase by the time you read this. Remember it is first-come first-served for your seat selection, and we hold your seat for you only until show time.

Music Hall Show Schedule
to reserve tickets call 405-282-6646
shows begin at 7:30pm --- $10 per person
September 16 & 30
October 28
November 11* & 25
December 9 & 16

*Community Church concert 512 E. Seward Road, Guthrie


Out & About
If any of your friends who enjoy good acoustic bluegrass live near some of these venues, please inform them of our appearances.

Fri. Aug 25 Giddyup Gala Co. Expo Center Altus, Ok 6:00pm
Sat. Sept. 9 McSwain Theater Ada, Ok. 7:00pm
Thur. Sept. 21 Simmons Center Theater, Duncan, Ok. 7:30pm
Sat. Sept. 23 Medicine Stone Festival Tahlequah, Ok. 12Noon
Thur - Sat. Oct. 5 - 7 O I B F Cottonwood Flats Guthrie, Ok.
Sat. Oct. 14 Bob Wills Fiddle Fest. Greenville, Tx 1:30pm
Thur - Sat Oct. 19 - 21 Western Open Fiddle Contest Red Bluff, Calif.
Sat. Nov. 4 Downtown Pavillion Tahlequah, Ok 7:30pm
Sat. Nov. 18 Freeland Center Bristow, Ok 7pm

Instruments at the Fiddle Shop

GUITARS: we have many Martins, Gibsons, Collings and Blueridge guitars. A few of our recent additions: four Ovations, all with pickups, a P-09 Laravie, a 1978 Fender Telecaster, a 1964 Silvertone with amp inside case, like new -- need to see; a1950 J-45 Gibson, and a handmade O style from Steve Walden of New Orleans, in addition to lots of less expensive guitars. We also have several electrics and a bass or two.
MANDOLINS: my instrument of choice is a Collings new M5V, varnish finish. It has a great sound! We just acquired a Gibson Monroe Signature #156, with a great sound. We have a Kentucky KM5000; a Bill Monroe model signed by his son. Also a Kentucky KM1500 and two old Martins, a 1930s Gibson A-O with a great tone, The Loar and a Fender. We still have that beautiful Black Ice Weber --- too beautiful to describe. You mando pickers must see it, and check out the 5 string mando!
BANJOS: we have a good selection of new and used instruments from entry level to quality Gibsons, great sounding. In addition, we now have some open back banjos, and 4 or 6 string instruments
FIDDLES: we have the biggest and best selection of anyone around these parts. You need to come in and check out the fiddles I got from Tex Logan's collection, great sounding 18th and 19th century; there are too many to list. We just fixed up an old German cello -- good price; we have a Colin Mezin viola as well as many entry-level violins starting at $165. We also have a few bases --- a 1940's Kay, a Laurel, and a full carved Chinese; bows, cases, and assorted accessories.
MISC: we now have an 1959 Fender 6 string double neck steel (no pedals) belonged to a Turnpike Troubador. Just received, the cadillac of steel guitars, a MSA Millenium, black graphite, double 10 string, with all accessories including Peavey 112 amp. Also many tuners, straps, picks, strings, rosin, capos, pickups, chin rests, shoulder rests, pitch pipes, and books on how to play each instrument, in addition to DVDs and CDs of the band.
Posted on Sep 16 2017



Summer 2017 Newsletter


Double Stop Fiddle Shop
& Music Hall
121 E. Oklahoma Ave. Guthrie, Ok. 73044 405-282-6646


Another Great Spring! trees leafing out, flowers blooming everywhere, grass greening up --- there must be a song in there somewhere. Well, we have lots of things going on; the band is recording a live album and I always have an original tune that I'd like to record even if it never gets released. Right on the heels of this newsletter is our April 22nd show which has been moved to the American Legion building, 123 N. 1st, due to the carnival setting up at our intersection. NO STAIRS! Then our next big event will be the Western Swing music and dance evening at the Logan Co. Fairgrounds on May 6th. Leon Rausch will again join us for some of our favorite songs, along with Shelby Eicher and his fiddle from Tulsa, Steve Bagby on steel, Johnny Baier on tenor banjo, and many others joining the Berline Band. This show begins at 7:30pm, admission is $15, and there is plenty of room for dancing, so bring your dancing boots or slippers and all your friends for this really fun
evening.

On June 17th, a Saturday, the Berline Band will perform at the 2nd annual G-Fest in Muskogee. Jim Blair has organized an amazing event in that part of our state with loads of star talent. We are grateful he continues to book us at this festival. It runs from the 15th through the 17th, and you can get much more information on their G-Fest website.
Speaking of festivals, it is time to get your early bird tickets for our Oklahoma International Festival, October 5 - 7. Our international musicians come from Canada, Australia, Belgium, Japan and Ireland. We have also received commitments from Sierra Hull, The Western Flyers, and the terrific duo of Wil Maring & Robert Bowlin. The talent line-up is the best, now keep your fingers crossed for another great weekend of weather. For tickets and all kinds of information: www.oibf.com
NO STAIRS On Saturday, July 22, we are again performing at Community Church, south of town, facing I-35 on the west side of the highway. Pastor Bill Williams and his church have once again graciously offered us the use of their Fellowship Hall --- same specifics, doors open at 7pm, show at 7:30, cost $10. The hall is on the ground floor --- there are NO STEPS to climb! Tell your friends.
Community Church: I-35 exit 151, Seward Road
512 E. Seward Rd. Guthrie

My double CD, "Flyin' Fingers" is selling well. You can get your copy anytime, at the shop or at one of our concerts.

Discount Tickets

We are continuing our offer for tickets, 8 shows for $68.00. That is $8.00 per show May thru August, plus $4 extra for the Western Swing, ($136 per couple ), and the privilege of selecting your reserved seat location, which of course is not required. The ticket is good for Western Swing and the Community Church shows, and will be ready to buy by the time you read this. Remember it is first-come first-served for your seat selection, and we hold your seat for you only until show time.

Music Hall Show Schedule
May 6* & 20
June 10 & 24
July 8 & 22*
Aug. 12 & 26

to reserve tickets call 405-282-6646
shows begin at 7:30pm --- $10 per person

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Western Swing @ Fairgrounds 1201 S. Division, Guthrie
*Community Church concert 512 E. Seward Road, Guthrie
Out & About
Sat. May 6 Western Swing Music & Dance Logan Co. Fairgrounds 7:30pm $15 1201 S. Division Guthrie

Sat. June 17 G-Fest Music Festival www.gfestmuskogee.com

Sun. July 2 Bridge Church 1115 W. Hwy 152 Mustang, Ok. 7pm

Thur - Sun July 27 - 30 Midsummer North Woods Festival Manitowish, WI

Sat. Aug. 5 Sumner Co Fair, Caldwell, Ks. 7:00pm

Fri. Aug. 25 Giddy-Up Gala Co. Expo Center Altus, Ok. 6pm


Instruments at the Fiddle Shop

GUITARS: we have many Martins, Gibsons, Collings Taylor, Ovation and Blueridge guitars, and some made by individual makers across the country.. A few of our recent additions: a 1947 and 1948 D-28 Martins, a 1960 J-200 Gibson, a 1953 J-50 Gibson, a 1960s Grammer guitar, and a nice used Gold Tone Paul Beard dobro. We also have several electrics and a bass or two.
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MANDOLINS: my instrument of choice is Collings new M5V, varnish finish. It has a great sound! We just acquired a Gibson Monroe Signature #156, with a great sound. We have a Kentucky KM5000; a Bill Monroe model signed by his son. Also a Kentucky KM1500 and two old Martins, a 1930s Gibson A-O with a great tone, and a Gibson 1930s f-hole A-2, The Loar and a Fender. We still have that beautiful Black Ice Weber --- too beautiful to describe. You mando pickers must see it, and check out the 5 string mando!
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BANJOS: we have a good selection of new and used instruments from entry level to quality Gibsons, a Deering Golden Era, great sounding. In addition, we now have some open back banjos, and 4 or 6 string instruments
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FIDDLES: we have the biggest and best selection of anyone around these parts. We have some wonderful 18th and 19th century violins from all over the world, as well as many entry-level violins starting at $150. We also have violas, cellos and a few bases --- bows, cases, and assorted accessories.
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MISC: we now have a hammer dulcimer and an auto harp --- tuners, straps, picks, strings, rosin, capos, pickups, chin rests, shoulder rests, pitch pipes, and books on how to play each instrument, in addition to DVDs and CDs of the band.
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Our website includes videos of our instruments, so you can both see and hear them. I am always getting in new and vintage instruments that are not included on the website, so be sure and come in often to see what's new!
Posted on Dec 27 2016



FiddleFest 2005
On Saturday evening, February 19, the Music Hall and Byron Berline's Band played host to another sold-out Fiddlefest show. The evening began with a warm-up by Byron's band, then on came some of Jim Garling and Greg Burgess' more advanced students.
Posted on Mar 25 2005



Europe Trip 2002
For those who might like to hear about the trip Bette and I took to Europe, the musicians I played with and the instruments I got to see and play.
Posted on Mar 17 2005





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