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Weiland Rocks Rickstock, Builds Long-Term Momentum

RickstockCrowd Hey, what are all those people doing in Dr. Kevin Weiland's yard?

Take It Back Band Why, listening to Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Rick Weiland and the Take It Back Band...

Rickstock2014 ...on a beautiful evening in the Black Hills.

Clean Water AllianceFolks at this show don't want any uranium mining...

Seamans Clanton...and these ranch men will have no truck with pipelines...

KurtzPipe ...but pipes are fine, especially with Kurtz classing up the smoking section.

BlogReadersatRickstockRick voters and blog readers are also cool with flower power and adult beverages in moderation.

WeilandatRickstockCandidate Weiland had a moment between sets to chat about the campaign. Before playing the big show Saturday at his brother Kevin's Piedmont place, Rick walked the Central States Fair parade through downtown Rapid City. Parade in the morning, working the stage and working the crowd all afternoon and evening (and before the sun dropped below the ponderosas, it was hot on that stage!)... you tell me who the hardest working man in the Senate campaign is!

Rick noted that the last time he marched in the Central States Fair parade (another campaign, another decade), he recalls folks actually booing at him. Saturday morning, he said parade-goers were cheering and stepping out to shake his hand. That's long-term momentum!


  1. lesliengland 2014.08.17

    booing? little racist-tending rapid city?

    wow-that in itself should bring out every one of us 18,000 county democrats' vote.

  2. caheidelberger Post author | 2014.08.17

    The booing was last time, not this time. Rapid City may be seeing the light!

  3. Steve Hickey 2014.08.17

    Great pics. Good to put a face with the name Larry Kurtz. Based on your comment I'm assuming he's the one standing alone while supporting Big Tobacco and adding to the carbon footprint of Rickstock. Happy Lord's Day, Larry.

  4. caheidelberger Post author | 2014.08.17

    Steve, I cannot verify the contents of Larry's pipe.

  5. larry kurtz 2014.08.17

    Imperial Nougat from the Santa Fe Cigar Company but the Deadwood Tobacco Company sells it, too.

  6. Lynn 2014.08.17

    Looks like a great time! Will Rick sing a few tunes after the debate at Dakota Fest in Mitchell?

    Who is going to Dakota Fest for the candidate debates?

  7. grudznick 2014.08.17

    So there was free beer after all and you selfish libbies wanted to keep it all for yourselves. Mr. kurtz, why aren't you wearing your leather Jesus sandals?

    Had the number 4 at the Sugar Shack this morning with a side of gravy. If you are in these parts all week I highly recommend it. Remember they are not open tomorrow.

  8. bret clanton 2014.08.17

    You are a busy man Cory.....

  9. bret clanton 2014.08.17

    And grudz free beer and the protection of private property rights are two concepts that the current leadership in South Dakota cannot seem to grasp......

  10. mike from iowa 2014.08.17

    Is it true that Rounds wears kneepads and lip synchs verbatim from the koch bros favorite songbook "It's all About Us"?

  11. bearcreekbat 2014.08.17

    The tunes I heard being played early in the afternoon while chatting were great. There was some awesome talent in our hills on Saturday. Thanks Doc!

  12. Bill Fleming 2014.08.17

    You would have really enjoyed Michael Johnson being backed up by Kenny Putnam's fiddle, BCB. High art. Both musicians were superb, and humor, beauty and pathos were all there simultaneously and in abundance. Classic little set.

  13. bearcreekbat 2014.08.17

    Bill, I am sorry I missed them. I don't know Michael Johnson, but I know Kenny and his music. He is an outstanding multi-talented performer and a great guy. He also does beautiful work at his Image Up studio.

  14. Bill Fleming 2014.08.17

    You probably remember Michael's hit song "Bluer than Blue" BCB. And yes, Kenny is a great visual artist as well as a musical one. He was actually on our art staff for a little while when he came "off the road" back in the early '90's.

  15. Tim 2014.08.17

    Looks like I missed a great time yesterday, my daughter had her babysitter bail at the last minute and we had the grandkids, since she has to work a couple of those minimum wage jobs republicans are so proud of to pay her bills, we stayed home and helped her out. She is working hard towards her nursing degree but isn't there yet, I'm sure the governor will be sad to know her degree, like so many others, will be leaving SD so she can make an honest living as soon as she graduates. We take the kids as often as we can as they won't be here much longer.

  16. bearcreekbat 2014.08.17

    Thanks for the link Bill. I only have a vague recollection of Bluer than Blue, although I know it was quite popular when it came out. At that time I was focused more on old time country (Jimmie Rodgers, et al) and Texas/Chicago/Piedmont blues, so I paid little attention to what my peers were listening to.

    Michael does some beautiful guitar work in that video! It's funny how often the misery of love gone south dominated song lyrics. Recently I have been getting into Roy Orbison's wonderful tune, Cryin'. Here is a 1965 version with his falsetto at an absolute best:

  17. Roger Cornelius 2014.08.17

    And then there's grudz in typical Republican fashion looking for something free, whether he needs it or not.

    I spent more time at Rickstock than I had planned, great conversations with Deb, Cory, and Larry. Got to finally meet the famous Bill Flemming after reading his comments on Mt. Blogmore and here on Madville Times.

    Also had the opportunity to meet and visit with our future senator Rick.

  18. grudznick 2014.08.17

    Everybody needs free beer, Mr. C. Some just more than others. Medicinal beer is a wonderful thing and cures what ails ya, especially if you are prostrated by the agonies like I am often am.

    I will admit the crowd looked bigger and less rowdy than I envisioned.

  19. Bill Fleming 2014.08.17

    Love it Bat! I remember that tune and always wondering if Roy influenced Elvis or vice versa. Is that a Gretsch Country Gentleman he's playing? The kind George Harrison and Chet Atkins used?

  20. Bill Fleming 2014.08.17

    P.s. BCB did you play any guitar at the Rickstock jam? Rick asked me to bring my axe, but we brought 3 grand kids instead so I was pretty busy herding the little sweeties.

    Roger nice meeting you too, and Deb. Sorry we didn't chat more. Next time, ok?

  21. bearcreekbat 2014.08.17

    Bill, you will fascinated to learn that the guitar he was playing had a Gretsch body and a Gibson neck! The body is apparently from a Chet Aktins or a Country Club Gretsch, while the neck appears to be from a Gibson Super 400.

    I thought about bringing a guitar, but I was not able to stay as long as I would have liked so I decided against it. I had a great jam a couple nights before, however, with my son and nephew. We played my nephew's 60 Tele and my 61 Strat through my wonderful 58 Tremolux and my dead mint best sounding amp I ever heard - 62 brown Deluxe. Both sound great, but the Brown Deluxe goes well beyond - if I weren't an atheist I would think it was the voice of an angel.

  22. Deb Geelsdottir 2014.08.17

    It was even more fun than I expected!

    Grudz, you have no excuse for not being there since I volunteered to pay your way. So don't come crying back here about not getting any beer. Wah, wah, wah. (If I knew how to make an emoticon with a tongue sticking out, that's what I'd put right here. [Is this it? ;^p ])

    In addition, Grudz my pal, I think you need to read how I excoriated you in the 8/16 Poll post comments. There you'll see how I really feel about you now - YOU BIG CHICKEN!

  23. Jenny 2014.08.17

    This looks like a fun time. Rickstock needs to hit East River now. Sioux Falls is waiting.

  24. grudznick 2014.08.17

    Ms. Geelsdottir it is not that I could not afford less than the price of breakfast. It is that I cannot belly having any money going to that Rick fellow in my name.

    I will look for this evisceration by you, ma'am. I am sorry if I have distressed you but I probably had it coming.

  25. Bill Fleming 2014.08.17

    Metapoint of interest. Grudznick is precisely as incapable of showing up for Rickstock as Han Solo would be. Harrison Ford or George Lucas maybe, but Han, no-key dokey.

    I will note that the fact we actually think (or maybe hope) there actually IS a grudz is a tribute to his author. Kudos to whoever. Your little word puppet is top notch.

  26. larry kurtz 2014.08.17

    grud, there were gay christians and lesbians at the event who voiced their hatred for pp: you'd have been kept out by the porta potties.

  27. Bill Fleming 2014.08.17

    (I know, I know, it's kinda like saying there's no Santa, huh? We know it but we don't want to believe it.)

  28. larry kurtz 2014.08.17

    Curious Woster wasn't there, Bill: any word from him on that?

  29. larry kurtz 2014.08.17

    Deb, Roger, Bret, Sam and his family: my face hurt from smiling.

  30. Bill Fleming 2014.08.17

    Nope. I saw him at breakfast and thought he said he was coming. But you know Kevin. The trout may have taken precedence.

  31. Bill Dithmer 2014.08.17

    BF and BCB, stop that. I'm 700 miles away and had to miss the best party of the year. Les Paul and Leo Fender would have been right at home there. Now I'm Bluer then blue.

    The Blindman

  32. Jim 2014.08.17

    Grudz, do you ever have breakfast for dinner?

  33. Bill Fleming 2014.08.17

    Yeah, I was thinking about you Bill D.

    You would have had a splendid time, I'm sure.

    Sorry you couldn't attend, brother.

  34. Curt 2014.08.17

    Deb- Twas a pleasure making your acquaintance. Sorry I had consumed more than my share of beer (which I personally purchased, legally transported and consumed after paying all applicable fed, state, and local taxes) to fully appreciate your wit and wisdom.
    Cory - Saw you, but I know you were working hard. Thanks for being there. How about an annual (at least) gathering - someplace - of loyal Madville followers? I don't care - you can even include Grudz.

  35. Deb Geelsdottir 2014.08.17

    It was a great time. Curt, now I know why you were so smiley! I truly enjoyed every minute of Rickstock. Blindman, we did note your absence. I wish you could have been there too. I missed BCB and I'm disappointed at that, but he had a good reason for his brief attendance.

    I fully support an occasional gathering of Madizens. East river, west, north, south. But not Pierre. I'd rather meet in Blunt or Agar or Holabidon't than Pierre. Ick.

    Grudz --- excuses, excuses, excuses. I'm not buying it. You keep changing your story for your absence. Give it up. I'm still not buying it. You've toyed with my heart for the last time!

  36. Mike Henriksen 2014.08.17

    Greatly enjoyed the event and it was very nice to put so many names with so many faces!

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