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Popular regional band Derringer to play Rocky Mountain Oyster Feed, March 18

The popular regional band Derringer is playing for this Saturday's Rocky Mountain Oyster Feed, an annual benefit for local 4-H programs.
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If You Go …

What: Rocky Mountain Oyster Feed.

When: Saturday, March 18. Dinner 6 to 8 p.m., followed by an auction and music by Derringer until 10:30 p.m.

Where: Eagle River Center at the Eagle County Fairgrounds, Eagle.

Cost: Tickets are available from 4-H members or at the door. Tickets are $18 for adults, $9 for children ages 6 to 12 and $9 for seniors 65 and older. Kids 5 and younger are free. A cash bar will be open all evening.

More information: The money goes to 4-H scholarships and Eagle County Fair Awards. Call 970-328-8630 or go to http://www.eaglecounty.us/csu. To learn more about Derringer, visit http://www.derringerlive.com or find the band on Facebook.

Get yer gun

The auction features a handcrafted 10-gun gun cabinet and a Demi-lune table. To fill that gun cabinet, Trip’s Guns Supply in Eagle is coordinating a long list of firearms and accessories to be auctioned, including:

• Henry 17HMR Golden Boy

• Weatherby S2 6.5 Creedmoor

• Weatherby S2 300WM

• Savage 111 Trophy Hunter XP 7MM

• Savage B.Mag 17WSM

• Savage Axis II Stainless 25-06

• Savage Axis II Stainless 243

• Remington 700 SPS 270

• Remington 700 SPS 30-06

• Marlin X7 308

• Glock 43 9mm

• Hard Shell Locking 2 Rifle Case

• Canon 42 Gun Safe

EAGLE — The good folks running this year’s Rocky Mountain Oyster Feed are pulling their Derringer.

The popular regional band is back for this year’s annual 4-H Club fundraiser, Derringer’s first return since the Oyster Feed was resurrected six years ago. Derringer is enjoying its own resurrection of sorts.

“It’s been quite a revival for us,” said Sean Paxson, founder and guitarist. “I don’t know if I was looking for that, but I’m glad I got it.”

So far, so great

The new lineup is more upgraded than new.

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Paxson still plays guitar and sings, drummer Dave Watson and bass player Billy Conn provide the backbone and Jeff Huff handles guitar, keyboards and vocals.

But then singer Emily Kingston joined Paxson at center stage, and Derringer immediately changed for the better.

Kingston sat in with the band occasionally and was a little overwhelmed about what might be next for her life. She didn’t know what that might be, but knew she wanted it to be in music. She has all sorts of endeavors going, and Derringer is one of them.

So far, so great.

“With two lead singers in the band, we get to do all kinds of duets,” Paxson said.

It also brings in a new crowd and expanded the band’s repertoire.

They’re playing some of the classic country and added some younger female material behind Kingston’s strong vocals.

“Party songs, music to keep the crowd on their feet and keep things moving,” Paxson said.

They learned some new material for their last show, a packed house at Warehouse 2565 in Grand Junction. They each learned the material on their own, rehearsed the songs a couple of times and then played them in front of a big, enthusiastic crowd.

“Good musicians can make that happen,” Paxson said.

Still strummin’ after all these years

Derringer was formed 21 years ago.

“I didn’t think I’d still be doing this after all these years,” Paxson said. “It’s never stopped being fun. Everyone has a good day job, but we all love doing this.

“We pack these places and have a blast for four hours. Everywhere we go, we get a good crowd right now. When you’re doing this, and to have a great following, that’s what’s fueling the whole thing.”

The band played the Rocky Mountain Oyster Feed at least five times back in the 1990s. This is its first time back since the event was resurrected six years ago.

“To be back in front of a hometown crowd is fantastic,” Paxson said. “The 4-H gave us a great opportunity.”

Twenty six years of oysters

This is the 26th Rocky Mountain Oyster Feed. It ran for about 20 years, but went on sabbatical. Six years ago, when the budget-cut ax fell on local 4-H Club scholarships and awards, the members stepped up to do something about it.

The money they raise will go to 4-H Grand Champion awards and the college scholarships that the club’s senior members earn every year.

“This is the only event of the year that sponsors scholarships, awards and club support. Without it, none of that would be possible,” Leonetti said.

4-H Club members gather silent auction items, sell tickets and make homemade desserts.

By the way, Rocky Mountain oysters are a delicacy, but if your palate runs to less exotic fare, they’ll have barbecue and everything that goes with it, as well as homemade desserts.

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