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Bret & Frisk: Bio


Bret & Frisk have been performing together throughout the Midwest and other parts of the country for the past 23 years. They met, appropriately enough, at an open microphone night in Breckenridge, Colorado in 1992 and have been together ever since. Their music ranges from a few hits of the 1950s all the way up to present day alternative rock/folk (Sarah McLachlan, Adele, Jimmy Buffett, John Prine). Most of their music, however, comes directly from the "Woodstock" era of the late 1960s and early 1970s, with artists such as Simon and Garfunkel, John Denver, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, America, and Janis Joplin.

Their backgrounds are as diverse as their musical repertoire. Bret grew up in Iowa, and began singing in his mother's hometown country church from a young age. His tastes turned to rock & roll as he became the front man for several successful bands throughout and after his college years, most notably The Pedestrians. As he grew more and more accomplished on the acoustic guitar, his tastes turned a little more toward the folk genre, and he began singing as a solo musician at several ski resorts in the Rocky Mountains. His major influences include Neil Young, Bob Dylan, John Prine, Kris Kristofferson and John Denver.

Frisk grew up on the east coast and studied music in college, performing in opera workshops, choral groups, and a capella singing groups. Her first time singing on a microphone was in Breckenridge, Colorado, the same night she met Bret. She joined his acoustic show, adding harmonies to his melody lines; the two have performed in this way in Colorado, Washington, California, New Hampshire, and most of the mid-western states.

Together they have put out 3 cds of music, mostly cover songs, but with a few of Bret's original songs mixed in. Their unique blend of acoustic instruments and vocal harmonies have gained them a loyal following of all ages wherever they have taken their act. Audiences are encouraged to make requests from their repertoire of over 400 songs, making their shows more personal than most music acts. Highlights of their musical career include sharing the stage with the band America, Three Dog Night, Charlie Daniels and performing for the owners of the St. Louis Cardinals, singing for a Denver Bronco golf fund-raising event, and last, but not least, performing hundreds of times for friends, family, and patrons of numerous venues.

So come on out to one of their shows. They always enjoy seeing and meeting new people. Their music just might have you singing along, tapping your toes, or just pleasantly relaxing and reminiscing.

Here is a partial list of the songs we perform. It should give you a pretty good idea of the sort of music we perform. Keep in mind that we are constantly changing our song repertoire, learning new songs, and phasing out old ones. This is by no means a complete and updated list.

America
Horse With No Name
Lonely People
Tin Man
I Need You
Sandman
Ventura Highway

The Band
The Weight

The Beatles
I Saw Her Standing There
Let It Be
Hide Your Love Away
Norwegian Wood
A Little Help From My Friends

The Bodeans
She's A Runaway
Fade Away
Still the Night

Karla Bonoff/Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
You Believed in Me

Jackson Browne
The Road
Shaky Town

Jimmy Buffett
Volcano
Margaritaville
He Went to Paris
Come Monday
Changes in Latitudes
A Pirate Looks at 40

Johnny Cash
Ring of Fire
Folsom Prison Blues
Sunday Morning Coming Down

Harry Chapin
Cat's in the Cradle

Eric Clapton
Wonderful Tonight
I Shot the Sheriff
May You Never

Patsy Cline/Willie Nelson
Crazy

Leonard Cohen
Halleluia

Creedence Clearwater Revival
Who'll Stop the Rain
Proud Mary
Lodi
Lookin' Out My Back Door
Midnight Special

Jim Croce
Bad Bad Leroy Brown
Don't Mess Around with Jim

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Helplessly Hoping
Our House
Teach Your Children

Crosby, Stills & Nash
Wasted On the Way
Southern Cross

John Denver
Country Roads
Back Home Again
Annie’s Song
Rocky Mountain High
Leaving on a Jet Plane
I’m Sorry
The Eagle and the Hawk
Poems, Prayers and Promises

Neil Diamond
Song Sung Blue
Sweet Caroline
Cracklin’ Rose

Bob Dylan
Tangled Up In Blue
You Ain’t Going Nowhere
Mr. Tambourine Man
All Along the Watchtower
It Ain’t Me Babe
Quinn the Eskimo
Blowing in the Wind
The Times They Are a’ Changing
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
To Make You Feel My Love

The Eagles
Lying Eyes
Hotel California
Tequila Sunrise
Desperado
Take It Easy
Peaceful Easy Feeling
Seven Bridges Road

Jonathan Edwards
Sunshine

Elton John
Rocket Man

The Everly Brothers
Bye Bye Love

Firefall
Cinderella
Just Remember I Love You

Roberta Flack
Killing Me Softly

Fleetwood Mac
Second Hand News
Landslide
Dreams

Dan Fogelberg
Morning Sky
Leader of the Band
Part of the Plan
Place in the World For a Gambler

Steve Goodman
City of New Orleans

The Grateful Dead
Truckin’
Friend of the Devil
Bertha
Good Lovin’
Ripple

Patty Griffin
Heavenly Day

Arlo Guthrie
Coming Into Los Angeles

Merle Haggard
Big City
Mama Tried
Are the Good Times Really Over

The Indigo Girls
Galileo
Closer To Fine

Terry Jacks
Seasons in the Sun

Jefferson Airplane
White Rabbit

Jewel
Life Uncommon
You Were Meant For Me
Foolish Games

Billy Joel
Piano Man

Sammy John
Chevy Van

Janis Joplin
Mercedes Benz
Me & Bobby McGee

The Kingston Trio
Tom Dooley

John Lennon
Imagine

Gordon Lightfoot
Sundown
Early Morning Rain
Carefree Highway
The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Lobo
I’d Love You to Want Me

David Loggins
Please Come To Boston

Loggins & Messina
Danny’s Song
House At Pooh Corner

The Mamas & the Papas
California Dreaming

Marshall Tucker Band
Can’t You See
Searching For a Rainbow
Fire on the Mountain
Heard It in a Love Song

Don McLean
American Pie
Vincent

Mason Proffit
Two Hangmen

Sarah McLaughlin
Angel
I Will Remember You

John Cougar Mellencamp
Pink Houses

Bette Midler
The Rose

Bret Miller
For Being There
Peace Forever
Red Man Way
Glory
Fly Away
Don’t Break the Chain

Roger Miller
King of the Road

Steve Miller Band
Dance, Dance, Dance
Fly Like an Eagle
The Joker
Take the Money and Run

Joni Mitchell
Big Yellow Taxi

The Monkees
I’m a Believer
Stepping Stone

The Moody Blues
Knights in White Satin

Van Morrison
Brown Eyed Girl

Johnny Nash
I Can See Clearly

Willie Nelson
On the Road Again
Good Hearted Woman

Randy Newman
Feels Like Home

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Rocky Top
Mr. Bojangles
Fishing in the Dark

Ozark Mountain Daredevils
Standing on a Rock

Peter, Paul & Mary
Puff the Magic Dragon

Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here

Poco
Crazy Love

Elvis Presley
Blue Suede Shoes

John Prine
Please Don’t Bury Me
Dear Abby
Hello in There
In Spite of Ourselves
Fish and Whistle
Sam Stone
Grandpa Was a Carpenter
Souvenirs
Big Old Goofy World
Day is Done
Spanish Pipe Dream
Illegal Smile
Paradise
The Way the World Goes Around

John Prine/Bonnie Raitt
Angel From Montgomery

Bonnie Raitt
Papa Come Quick
Love Me Like a Man

The Righteous Brothers
Unchained Melody

Lee Ann Rimes
Blue

Kenny Rogers
The Gambler
Lucille
The Greatest

The Rolling Stones
Dead Flowers
Let It Bleed
Mother’s Little Helper
Play With Fire
Wild Horses
Can’t Always Get What You Want

Linda Ronstadt
When Will I Be Loved

Bob Seger
Turn the Page
You’ll Accompany Me

Michelle Shocked
I’ve Come a Long Way

Simon & Garfunkel
Sound of Silence
Cecilia
Mrs. Robinson
The Boxer
Homeward Bound

Paul Simon
Me & Julio
Kodachrome
Loves Me Like a Rock
Slip Sliding Away
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover

Todd Snider
I Think I’m an Alright Guy
That Was Me

Bruce Springsteen
Fire
Cadillac Ranch
I’m On Fire

Cat Stevens
Wild World
Father & Son
Moonshadow

Cat Stevens/Sam Cooke
Another Saturday Night

Steven Stills
Love the One You’re With

Sting
Fields of Gold

James Taylor
Sweet Baby James
Fire & Rain

Three Dog Night
Joy to the World

The Tokens
The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Stevie Ray Vaughn
Pride & Joy

Jerry Jeff Walker
Up Against the Wall

The Who
Behind Blue Eyes
Squeezebox

Hank Williams
Jambalaya

Neil Young
After the Goldrush
Comes a Time
Down By the River
Hank to Hendrix
Harvest Moon
Heart of Gold
Helpless
Hey, Hey, My, My
I am a Child
Like a Hurricane
Long May You Run
Love is a Rose
Needle and the Damage Done
Ohio
Old Man
Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Out on the Weekend
Powderfinger
Rockin’ in the Free World
Southern Man
Sugar Mountain
Tonight’s the Night
Unknown Legend
Walk On

The Youngbloods
Let’s Get Together

traditional
old time gospel medley

medley
Over the Rainbow/
What a Wonderful World