Speaking of retirement, Don can’t quite believe that his career has suddenly been reborn. He told us, “People felt that the music we were doing back in the Midwest was getting stale. And then Covid came along and that was a good time to call it quits. I thought I’d retired. And no one my age is playing – they were a lot of hard partyers and they’ve all left. And here I am, still playing. I never thought I’d be playing waltzes or polkas, but I discovered that I love it.”
And two last things…
One, Don has been at The Resort long enough to admire and respect its musical history. He put together a list for us of “Resort Entertainers,” including current residents, Gordy & Debbie, and says, “the people who came before should be honored and remembered.” Here’s his list:
The Moon Brothers
Hugh Jenner, The Canadian Troubadour
The Odell & Marj Braaten Band
The Montana Guys, and
Gordy & Debbie
Finally, let’s end where we started, with coming to The Resort. We asked Don about his experience, and he said, “My brother, Jerry and his wife, Donelle, had a place here for years. I was a fulltime musician and when we had some downtime, I would come visit. I loved it from the get-go. I stretched my visits from five days to ten days and then two weeks. My brother finally said to me, ‘You need to get your own place.’ And one just fell into my lap. That was 11 years ago.” The old Resort magic.
You can join in on January 12th, when The Mix Masters will play at a Burger Bash.