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Veteran local musician seeks new outlets

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Alexis DeLaCruz

Last week, Johnny Harris was delighted to teach some children an original song he played after a sleigh ride at Bar Lazy L Ranch.

“One little girl danced up a storm and got her brother to play the banjo,” he said. “Her parents gave her hot chocolate and a brownie, so she had all that caffeine.”

With the ski season winding down, Harris is looking for some new gigs in town. He has re-released his CD, “Ropin’ a Dream,” which features some Christian songs and other ditties he wrote in English and Spanish about real and fictitious women. He plays Southwestern soul, country, folk and bluegrass.



“It’s a mixed bag,” he said.

Harris has been in the entertainment industry for more than 50 years. He first appeared on TV in “The Bobby Peter’s Show” as a child, and picked up a love for music from his jazz musician stepfather, who had collected more than 100 instruments by the time he passed away three years ago.



Harris often has experienced the tough life of a musician. In 1983 and 1984, he made his living playing music on the streets and in the subways of Switzerland, England and Germany.

“Some subways were excellent, and sometimes I had to compete with classical violinists,” he said. “And some of the streets of Bern were so cold, I had to stand over hot air grates and could only play for 20 or 30 minutes at a time.”

Although Harris writes most of his songs on the piano, the banjo is his instrument of choice.

“I was trained by a semi-literate, back-woods, hill-country guy in Kentucky who had only a seventh-grade education,” he said. “And he never charged me a dime.”

Harris’s soft-spoken, dreamy Western tunes are available at All That Jazz for $14.98.

Thanks

How many Steamboat Dance Theatre dancers did it take to fix a huge rip in the backside of my dance pants Saturday night – five minutes before show time?

The answer is three, and when packing tape and electrical tape fail you, always resort to black bloomers and safety pins.

The most amazing part of being in the Dance Theatre is the teamwork and the contact high you catch from watching the other dancers from offstage.

We are unbelievably lucky to have the opportunity to perform doing what we love and have such wonderful men and women to share the experience with.

Thanks, Steamboat Dance Theatre and all the people who attended the concert. The Saturday night audience was amazing!


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