John Denver Tribute Concerts

 

(with and without others in the John Denver Tribute Band)

 

On September 20, 1997, just weeks prior to John's death, Mack had the rare privilege of singing with John Denver in the finale of one of his last concerts.  John was a huge influence on Mack's musical upbringing, as he learned to play the guitar using John's songs.  Further, he credits John with "teaching me how to sing a song."   Now, Mack has been included in the elite musical cast comprising John's former band mates and musical partners, in paying tribute to him though concerts around the country and in Europe.

Mack draws on these friends to tailor a John Denver tribute to the needs of concert producers or venues.   Contact Mack to inquire about a John Denver tribute concert.  CONTACT

 

 

 

 

Video of Mack singing John Denver's "Eagles and Horses"

with John's bandmates, Chris Nole and Pete Huttlinger

 

 

CDs - Tributes to John Denver

on which Mack appears

 

Live at The Casa!

2004

Fly Away

Rocky Mountain High

Spirit

Boy From the Country

Mother Nature's Son

McGuire's Landing

Matthew

It's About Time

Down Home Time

Annie's Song

Grandma's Feather Bed

On The Wings Of A Dream, Sweet Misery

The Wings That Fly Us Home

Eagles and Horses

Calypso

Take Me Home, Country Roads

 

John Denver's 60th Birthday New Year's Eve Celebration (CD)     
Recorded on location in Scottsdale, Arizona on 12/31/03 at the Casa.  A live concert celebration of John Denver and his legendary music performed by friends and former band members of John's. 

Included are Mack Bailey, Molly Weaver, Jim Salestrom, Chris Nole, Jim Horn, Pete Huttlinger and Mike Ziffer.

 

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Wish You Were Here

2003

Windsong

Postcard From Paris

Dreams

In The Grand Way

How Can I Leave You Again

Gospel Changes

It's About Time

Singing Skies & Dancing Waters

I Want To Live

Like A Sad Song

On The Wings of a Dream

The Wings That Fly Us Home   

Down Home Time

 

Studio Release:  Mollie Weaver and Mack Bailey join together on this CD Tribute to John Denver, backed by former members of John's band.  Their songs feature the more inspirational side of John Denver.

 

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Flying Again

2006

Eagle and The Hawk

Spirit

Back Home Again

Sunshine On My Shoulders

Annie's Song

I Want To Live

Flying for Me

For You

Fly Away

Shanghai Breeze

The Wings That Fly Us Home

Perhaps Love

Eagles and Horses

Take Me Home Country Roads

Rocky Mountain High

Calypso

 

Recorded in October, 2006 with the Columbia Orchestra, Columbia, Maryland

Included are Mack Bailey, Molly Weaver, Jim Salestrom, Chris Nole, Jim Horn, Pete Huttlinger, Kenn Roberts, John Sommers and Bill Danoff

 

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"The power and love in John's music is recreated in wonderfully interpreted versions of his songs,

performed by an amazing cast - with warmth, emotional spirit and soaring sound. 

Audiences respond with enthusiastic tears and laughter."

 

 

Photos

Cast Photos of John Denver Tribute Concert Artists

The John Denver Musicians with John

Additional Photos of Past Concerts, featuring Mack, at Starsong Foundation's Website

 

 

Denny, Alan (rear), Mollie, Jim, Mack, John (right rear) and Herb Petersen

 

Pete, Chris, Alan, Mollie, Jim S., Karmen, Jim H. Mack, John (Bill Danoff missing)

 

Pete, Bill, Chris, Jim Horn, Mollie, John, & Mack

 

 

 

John Denver Musicians with John Denver

 

 

John Sommers with JD

 

Mack Bailey with JD

 

Jim Salestrom with JD

Chris Nole with JD

Jim Horn with JD

 

Bill Danoff, Taffy Danoff and John

 

 

 

 

 

Recent Cast Photos of the John Denver Tribute Band:

 

featuring:

Bill Danoff - Jim Salestrom - Chris Nole - Pete Huttlinger - Molly Weaver - Jim Horn

Kenn Roberts - Herb Pedersen - John Sommers - Alan Deremo - Denny Brooks - Gary Mule Deer (and others)

 

 

Chris Nole

Pete Huttlinger

Bill Danoff

Mack Bailey

Kenn Roberts

Molly Weaver

Denny Brooks

Gary Muledeer

Alan Deremo

Herb Pedersen

Jim Horn

Jim Salestrom

Eagles and Horses

 

Chris Nole, Alan Deremo, Kenn Roberts, Bill Danoff, Jim Salestrom, John Sommers (behind), Gary Muldeer, Mack Bailey, Mollie Weaver, and Denny Brooks

 

Calypso

 

The Cast, featuring Bill Danoff

 

Mollie Weaver with campers from The Aspen Deaf Camp

 

The Cast - overview

 

Finale

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mack and John Denver:

The following is a transcript of  Mack reminiscing about his experiences with John Denver:

I literally learned to play the guitar learning John’s songs.  I was never a fan in the sense of learning all about him, or anything like that, but I just learned all his music.  And I really respected him as somebody that I could learn from.  I spent a lot of time trying to have the opportunity to meet him.

There was one time in New Hampshire I was working at a resort hotel and he came to do a concert up there, which was kind of surprising.  It was a small place, with the concert on one tennis court and they had a stage set up.  So you can imagine that’s just how many people were there.  And I had gotten really good seats and I had put together a package – a cassette tape of some of my songs and a letter.  It was a great show and he had just started working with James Burton and those guys and at one point, he started introducing everybody on stage and he mentions Barney Wyckoff, who’s his stage manager at the time.  So, as soon as the show was over, I ran up to the limo behind the stage and I opened the door, and I threw my package in and said, “Barney said ‘make sure John gets this.’” And then I shut the door and I ran.

Sure enough, a couple of weeks later, I get this little note from “John Denver Music” and it said, “we listened to your tape and didn’t find anything we could use and don’t ever do that again.”  So that was pretty close.

But then, on September 20, 1997, that changed.  A group I work with, The Hard Travelers, does benefit concerts for Cystic Fibrosis every year, and we are the opening act to big-named country stars.  For the 10th anniversary, we were able to get John.  We had talked to John and we’d tried many times to put the show together but it just never worked with his schedule, but this was going to work.  So, at the 7th inning stretch of every Baltimore Orioles baseball game, they play “Thank God I’m a Country Boy.” 

So that day began with us going to the Baltimore Orioles game and we were in the Governor’s box and this was going to be the first time that I met John.  So, I walked in and saw him standing over there and I was really nervous.  BUT, I knew one thing for certain and it was kind of comforting.  I knew, without a doubt, that I was going to say something very stupid.  I just wasn’t sure what it was going to be.  So, with that confidence, I decided what I would do is turn the tables to my advantage.  I waited until he took a bite of something and then walked up and said, “John, my name is Mack Bailey, and I just wanted to thank you for teaching me how to sing a song.  And I’ll be in the band tonight.”  And I turned around to walk away. 

He said, “Wait a minute.  Mack Bailey.  Didn’t you record “Potter’s Wheel” before I did?”  And swelling with pride, I said, “Why, yes.  I did.”  And, so we talked for a little bit and it was really very cool.   And then he went down for the 7th inning stretch and mouthed the words to “Thank God I’m a Country Boy.”

Then, we went on up to sound check.  We had asked him if he would sing, “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” because we have a great fiddler in our band, and he agreed.  So, we get to sound-check and he said, “I’m going to save my voice for later on.”  He looked at one of the guys in our band and said, “Kenn, you sing the verses during sound-check and I’ll do them during the show.”  Kenn said, “I don’t know them, but Mack does.”   So, he said, “OK, Mack.  You do them for sound-check and I’ll do them in the show.”

I was thinking, “you know what?  I could care less if this show’s tonight or not.  This is what it’s all about.  This is like my full circle - right here.”  So, I sang my butt off during sound-check and when it was over, he came over and said to me, “You know, why don’t you and I just trade verses on this thing.”  So, during the show, we actually traded verses and it was quite a thrill. 

And then, of course, two weeks later, we get hit with the tragic news.  So, now we get some of his former band members together and we do a tribute show in Aspen every year.  It’s a wonderful emotional tribute.  It’s not sappy or schmaltzy at all; it’s just a nice tribute by his friends and people who had a chance to make some music with him.  And it’s so touching that people come from all over the world and there were a lot of tributes.  It’s a great weekend tribute to a wonderful man.

 

 

 

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