Scrapbook 1980-1989

Photography by Warren Floyd

From This Moment On
(l to r) Eric Baker, Lou Perello
Dave Martin, Warren Floyd
Littleton CO 1980

jamming on the bus with
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
(l to r) Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden,
John McEuen, crew member
Tammy Collins and Warren
Ft. Lauderdale FL 1980

portrait by J Eric Baker

Denver CO 1981

In 1981 I was playing roadie for John McEuen at the 1st Annual Rocky Mountain Opry at Red Rocks. Doc Watson was on the stage and Jimmy Ibbotson and John were in the dressing room going over a song. I happened to be walking down the hall and Jimmy said "Hey, Warren, come sing harmony on this." We ran through Ripplin Waters and 10 minutes later we were on the stage in front of a sold out house singing to almost 10,000 people. I sang on 4 of the 5 Opries, opening the last one in 1985.

In 1982 Eric enrolled in art school and Randy Pope came back out to Colorado. Jimmy Ibbotson of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band sat in with us. John McEuen had us play on concerts with him, and we opened shows for Russel Smith of The Amazing Rhythm Aces. Eric's and my old bass player, Dave Martin, also played with us a lot. Randy eventually went back to Texas and Dave and I continued on as a duo. By the spring of '87, Eric was out of art school and ready to play again. Randy now sings w/ Mike Stockton & The Rhythmators, a really great band in Texas.

The 2nd Annual
Rocky Mountain Opry
Red Rocks 1982

Randy Pope
& Warren Floyd
Denver CO 1982

Monument Lake Resort
Colorado 1983

In the Winter of 1983, John took his Opry on the road, billing it as John McEuen's Great American Road Show. I was with them for two shows one night in Aspen. Between shows, most of the players went out to walk the streets of Aspen; not a good idea for Doc Watson when the sidewalks are covered with snow and ice. Peter Rowan and I stayed behind in the dressing room with our jaws dropping to the floor as Doc gave us a private concert of music and stories for about an hour.

It was the best walk I never took.

Littleton CO 1984

City Park
Denver CO 1984

Dave Martin & Warren
Denver CO 1985

Denver CO 1985

Warren w/ Dave Martin
The Boulder Folk & Bluegrass Festival 1985

Warren w/ Dave Martin
The Boulder Folk & Bluegrass Festival 1985

Hiking The Grand Canyon

Pat Curto & Warren
Denver CO 1987

Daniel Solano & Warren
Aurora CO 1988

The Royal Gorge 1988

Denver CO 1989

Best of Westword 1989

Denver CO 1989

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