Williams and Ree at Club Vega
For the fourth time in four years, the renowned duo of Williams and Ree performed at Russ Ehler's Club Vega in Kimball Friday night to an appreciative audience. After 51 years together, the act of ‘Williams and Ree’ has aged like a fine wine; it is a nicely balanced fusion of comedy and music. Out of the region of the Black Hills of South Dakota, the two first paired together in 1968 as freshmen initiates at Black Hills State College. The birth of Williams and Ree began when they would sit on the grass outside near Heidepriem Hall and have hootenanny’s with the girls from the dormitory as their audience. Terry Ree from Huron, South Dakota, and Bruce Williams from Mountain Home, Idaho were elected President and Vice-President of the Freshman class in September of ’68, beating out a guy named ‘Charlie Brown’.
“Which was really a big feather in our cap, because Charlie Brown had big name recognition,” said Ree. “I wish he would have won, because we were the worst- we did nothing- we were worse than Biden and Obama,” he laughed. Williams agreed, “Yes, we were worse than Trump and Pence, I was Pence.” However, Bruce did come up with the terrific idea for their Swarm Day parade float- “Take a truck with a revolving cement mixer, put a bunch of black and yellow crepe paper on it and make it look like a giant bumble-bee.”
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