[Dixielandjazz] Show bands was live vs. recorded music

Gluetje1 at aol.com Gluetje1 at aol.com
Sun Aug 2 17:41:53 PDT 2009

I'm still waiting for Debbie's star to shine as brightly as I think she  
deserves!  She plays with great taste.
In a message dated 8/2/2009 1:35:36 P.M. Central Daylight Time,  
barbonestreet at earthlink.net writes:

Debbie  is one heck of a good banjo player eh? Very strong right arm and 
wonderful  distinct chords. She worked some with Ernie Carson who had quite a 
crush on  her. He once called Pete Pepke at 4 AM to accuse Pete for trying 
to steal her  away. Meanwhile, she was about to marry Tom and help teach him 
to play bass.  

She and Tom are two of the nicest people I have every met. I think when  
they went back to Minnesota, they worked in a trio with her dad, Lowell,  
before his passing.

Listmates and banjophiles can see Lowell at:


You can hear Debbie with a GREAT Ernie Carson Band, Ernie plus Kim Cusack  
(clarinet), Tom Bartlett (tbone), Pete Clute (piano), Mike Wallbridge (Tuba) 
 and Wayne Jones (drums) at:  (30 second snips)


She is featured on #6, Roses & Rainbows and #11, Villain.


On Aug 2, 2009, at 1:03 PM, Gluetje1 at aol.com wrote:

Just got to hear Debbie Shreyer & Tom Olson as a duo at the 2009  Fretted 
Instrument Guild of America Convention, this year in Peoria,  IL.  Debbie's 
mother there also.  Certainly no big bucks to be  earned there.  All who play 
the shows at that convention do so  gratis.  Shucks, wish I would have 
known about your gigs with them  Steve.  Would have tried to pull a story or two 
from them.  Using  this post to give a plug to the book Debbie's father, 
Lowell Shreyer, wrote:  "The Banjo Entertainers: Roots to Ragtime.  If you are 
an American  musical history buff, you'll be interested.  Lowell was a 
journalist,  devoted and persistent researcher.  Lots of photos, not only 
people,  but handbills and such. Try this as a purchasing website: 
_http://www.mnheritage.com/_ (http://www.mnheritage.com/) 
In a message dated 8/2/2009 11:26:05 A.M. Central Daylight Time,  
barbonestreet at earthlink.net writes:

Same  thing in Atlantic City where 20 years ago, there were bands all   
over the casinos. For example, Banjoist Debbie Schreyer and  husband  
Tom on bass worked 5 days a week at the Showboat there  for seven  
years, making about $1800 a week plus 2 meals a day.  (She got a leader  
fee) Then she and Tom free lanced on their  days off. Pete Pepke and I  
did many gigs with them in quartet  form. During those years she and  
Tom bought and paid for for a  condo. When the good old days ended,they  
sold their condo and  went back to Minnesota.

No, it ain't like it used to be. Too bad we  can't all go home again.  

Steve  Barbone



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