I Ride An Old Paint
Greg Keckler's first CD is released on Rockin' Lazy K Records. It was recorded at the Hen House in Victor, Idaho by Ben Winship. The CD is titled 'I Ride An Old Paint' and the cover art is a picture of Greg on his Paint Horse, Sundance. The CD is a 45-minute western experience and the tray card reads: 'If you like horses and cowboys and western themes, this is an album for you. This is a no frills presentation of some of Greg's favorite western songs with just Greg and his 1943 Martin D18 guitar. This album is as western as the outside of a horse. It's as country, raw and real, as it gets!' Greg Keckler was born in Indiana in 1948 and raised in Ohio. The stork had obviously gotten lost in a storm and dropped him way back east instead of on a ranch somewhere out west. He spent his youth dreaming of horses, cowboys and the west. His favorite memories of those early days are of going to the Saturday afternoon matinees to see his heros, Roy Rogers and Gene Autry, on the big silver screen. Greg's family traveled the old Route 66 in the mid 50's to California and made the permanent move in the early 60's. These were the days when most of southern California still smelled and looked of 'Old California'. The smell of tomato fields and orange groves with blue skies before smog and blacktop changed the view. The early 70's were spent busking throughout Europe, Great Britain and Scandinavia singing on street corners and sleeping under bridges enjoying the life of a wandering troubadour. Greg traveled Ireland in a horse drawn caravan pulled by a stout draft named Caesar and trading songs for pints of Guinness. The late 70's found Greg in western Wyoming where he has made his home ever since. For the better part of the 80's he was in a little western swing band playing dance music in the saloons around Jackson Hole. The 90's found Greg playing the valley dude ranches singing his favorite old cowboy songs to the dudes around a campfire (his personal favorite venue). Also, in the early 90's Greg met his wife, Bonnie, a Jackson Hole native, and they have been trotting in double harness ever since. With their two boys, Jack Elliott and Matty James, two Border Collies and 20 horses (sometimes more and sometimes less) they're living their dreams in Teton County, Wyoming on a little spred they lovingly call the Rockin' Lazy K.