Gayla Drake

CORALVILLE, Iowa, United States

Music Creator:

Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin

Music Styles:
Folk/Rock, Folk
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Gayla Drake

has added Gear Room as a friend.
Posted on Wed., Feb. 25, 2015 - 10:20 AM

Gayla Drake

Posted on Wed., Feb. 25, 2015 - 10:20 AM

Gayla Drake

has added Bryan Paull as a friend.
Posted on Wed., Feb. 25, 2015 - 10:20 AM

Gayla Drake

has added area22guitars as a friend.
Posted on Wed., Feb. 25, 2015 - 10:20 AM

Gayla Drake

has added Yorba Acoustics as a friend.
Posted on Wed., Feb. 25, 2015 - 10:19 AM

Hello all my French-speaking Canadian friends! I need some recommendations for some really good French Christmas music on CD. Not like "Jingle Bells" sung in French, though I'm sure that's a hoot. French music would be GREAT. Can you help me out?
Posted on Mon., Nov. 10, 2014 - 1:58 PM


I made a Christmas Cd in Canada, with 3 French parts - an original tune called "Si Nous Marchons", a Christmas type instrumental called "Quebec Noel" and a one verse French version of Silent Night ( O Nuit De Paix). I heard your tune Child This day Was Born. Let me knowhow to get these to you if you'r interested. Hope you'
re feeling better day by day - sorry about your accident!

Thu., Nov. 20, 2014 - 11:32 PM

Here is the live version of Si Nous Marchons

Fri., Nov. 21, 2014 - 2:18 PM

Fri., Nov. 21, 2014 - 2:19 PM
Announcing - the West Winter Woodshed: An Acoustic Guitar Intensive! come on, pickers, let's work on some hot licks to chase away the cold! First Thursdays November-March, 6:30-7:30PM at West Music in Coralville Iowa. Taught by yours truly.
Posted on Tue., Oct. 7, 2014 - 1:17 PM

has added new press
Posted on Tue., Oct. 7, 2014 - 1:16 PM

Howdy all, quick status update - follow up with doctor was good, still a little ouchie, but nothing a few more days being a total slug on the couch will not fix. Except my jaw, which I apparently landed on at some point on my way down the stairs. I can open my mouth by about 1 centimeter comfortably, and chewing is bad. But . . . I am WAY better. In fact, better enough to do a gig with Dan Johnson today at The NewBo City Market in smelly old Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 5-7:45. Greyhound Deli, here I come!
Posted on Thu., Sep. 18, 2014 - 11:22 AM


Glad to hear you're better, Gayla. What a drag to have to go through.

Thu., Sep. 18, 2014 - 1:12 PM
Hey, all, had to cancel my participation in Songbirds Day due to a serious accident. I will be out of commission for a while. Long story, TerryLynn knows what's up. I'm gonna be okay, but am not okay today. See you soon.
Posted on Sun., Sep. 14, 2014 - 6:59 PM

Whew! That was fun - sorry for some early tech issues, but . . . We made it! Thanks everybody!!! Stick around, there are some amazing players coming up!
Posted on Sat., Aug. 23, 2014 - 1:02 PM


No worries, you sounded great Gayla, cute jammies too!

Sat., Aug. 23, 2014 - 1:18 PM
Going live - IN MY PAJAMAS - in about 12 minutes . . . GUITARFEST RULES!!!
Posted on Sat., Aug. 23, 2014 - 11:48 AM

Enjoying a rare leisurely Wednesday and whaddayaknow, the Muses dropped something on me, and . . . I may have another new song in a couple days!
Posted on Wed., Aug. 20, 2014 - 5:13 PM

Going live in just under an hour! Right now, TerryLynn Melody is kicking the whole day into high gear! Watch that turn!
Posted on Tue., Aug. 19, 2014 - 1:08 PM

Today at 1PM Central time I'll be live with at least one and possibly 2 new songs! Join me, won't you?
Posted on Mon., Aug. 11, 2014 - 11:32 AM

Thanks for the invite Gayla! Looking forward to it!
Posted on Fri., Aug. 1, 2014 - 4:43 PM

Aunt G % the Stone City Nephews - 104% funded! Holy moly! We did it! I'm so happy and relieved and TIRED!!! I'm gonna go sleep like a baby now.
Posted on Mon., Jul. 28, 2014 - 10:50 PM


,WOW! Congrats, Gayla & the Stone City Nephews. You truly deserve it.

Mon., Jul. 28, 2014 - 11:41 PM

Thanks! We're very excited and happy about it!

Tue., Jul. 29, 2014 - 3:20 PM

Us, too! : )

Tue., Jul. 29, 2014 - 3:47 PM
13 days left to be part of the historic Making of Aunt G & the Stone City Nephews! If you possibly can help us out, please come on over and do so. Even $10 will get you a download card and a bumper sticker. And our eternal gratitude, of course! is the place!
Posted on Wed., Jul. 16, 2014 - 9:55 AM

And here's Orenda doing my song Never Satisfied.
Posted on Mon., Jun. 30, 2014 - 8:23 PM

New vlog post for Aunt G & the Stone City Nephews here -
Posted on Mon., Jun. 30, 2014 - 4:51 PM

has added 1 new photo to the album Gigs


Orenda rockin' the house at the National Women's Music Festival in Wisconsin, Saturday June 28, 2014.
Posted on Sun., Jun. 29, 2014 - 10:10 PM

Aunt G's Vlog Number 2:
Posted on Thu., Jun. 26, 2014 - 8:32 PM

Aunt G is vlogging? What's the world coming to???
Posted on Thu., Jun. 26, 2014 - 8:32 PM

New blog post up at
Posted on Wed., Jun. 25, 2014 - 11:11 AM

Tonight - Drake & Johnson at Mendoza Wine Bar in Coralville, Iowa! 8-10PM - original music, grown-up vibe, excellent wines, amazing food, NO TVs. Heaven on earth.
Posted on Fri., Jun. 20, 2014 - 9:32 AM

has added 1 new photo to the album Giovan paolo Maggini

Better view of the new Maggini

I can't believe the family resemblance!
Posted on Wed., Jun. 18, 2014 - 10:33 PM

has added 1 new photo to the album Giovan paolo Maggini

New sibling in the house

It's not often that people get their violin a big sister for its birthday. I spoil them! Welcome to the family, viola!
Posted on Wed., Jun. 18, 2014 - 10:15 PM

This campaign to bring Facebook friends over has been really cool - so many friends are joining! Very excited!
Posted on Wed., Jun. 18, 2014 - 10:24 AM

Okay, now we're 48% funded, with 45 days to go! Fantastic, and thanks to everybody for all their help, support, contributions, links, comments . . . Feeling quite overwhelmed with happy.
Posted on Sat., Jun. 14, 2014 - 3:40 PM


Oh, duh -

Sat., Jun. 14, 2014 - 4:08 PM
34% funded with 46 days left to go! Wow! I am feeling so very very grateful today! Keep us going at
Posted on Fri., Jun. 13, 2014 - 10:19 AM

has added new press
Posted on Thu., Jun. 12, 2014 - 6:55 PM

I learned something yesterday about running one of these crowdsourcing campaign thingies. The more people visit your campaign and click through your links and leave encouraging comments on your comments page, the more attention your campaign gets, and the higher you go in their stats dealio. So please take a couple minutes to visit, check us out, listen to the song, watch the vid, and leave an encouraging word or two. - thanks!!!
Posted on Thu., Jun. 12, 2014 - 9:24 AM


Thank you!

Thu., Jun. 12, 2014 - 11:25 AM

Wow! We're at 32% after 2 full days - that is NOT bad . . . Not bad at all! Click a little, link a little, click a little, link a little, click click click, link a lot, click a little more . . .

Thu., Jun. 12, 2014 - 4:11 PM

LOL - yes!

Thu., Jun. 12, 2014 - 6:55 PM
The Indiegogo campaign for the Aunt G and the Stone City Nephews record is launched! We would appreciate your financial support, but help spreading the word is always appreciated as well! Go to and check us out!
Posted on Tue., Jun. 10, 2014 - 11:35 AM

has added a No Place to Be, Aunt G & the Stone City Nephewsvideo

No Place to Be, Aunt G & the Stone City Nephews

Track 2 from our upcoming release!
Posted on Mon., Jun. 9, 2014 - 9:53 PM


,Yeah Gayla!

Tue., Jun. 10, 2014 - 1:44 AM

Alright, set up and ready - now I GOTTA go get a shower! My hair is . . . frightening . . !
Posted on Mon., Jun. 9, 2014 - 10:59 AM

Closer yet - !
Posted on Fri., Jun. 6, 2014 - 8:49 PM

Live streaming GOOD . . . Y'all come on back next week!
Posted on Thu., Jun. 5, 2014 - 5:56 PM

I'll be streaming live today from UPSTAIRS! Yes, I am busting out of the basement and going live in the light! 3-4 PM Central time, please pop in for a bit. I'm honored to be part of the lineup today, as always!
Posted on Thu., Jun. 5, 2014 - 9:44 AM

has added 1 new photo to the album Gigs

Gayla Drake at Mendoza

More from Stubby Webb.
Posted on Mon., May. 26, 2014 - 10:36 AM

has added 1 new photo to the album Gigs

Gayla Drake at Mendoza

I may have to make this into a t-shirt . . . Photograph by Stubby Webb.
Posted on Mon., May. 26, 2014 - 10:34 AM

has added 1 new photo to the album Gigs

Gayla Drake at Mendoza

Another amazing shot by Stubby Webb!
Posted on Mon., May. 26, 2014 - 10:32 AM

has added 1 new photo to the album Gigs

Gayla Drake at Mendoza

Photographer Stubby Webb used the low light and color display to capture some haunting images Saturday night!
Posted on Mon., May. 26, 2014 - 10:29 AM

Summer of gigging is heating up! And the warmth feels SO good after such a brutal winter! Sending contracts and promo today, which is the part I like least, but still, it feels good to actually accomplish something very real. Whew. Onward.
Posted on Mon., May. 19, 2014 - 6:56 PM

Gayla, Um sorry I came on at the end and missed all the meat! I will do better next time! Promise! T
Posted on Mon., May. 12, 2014 - 3:32 PM


No worries!!!

Mon., May. 12, 2014 - 9:22 PM

Kicking off Songbirds day here on numubu in a few hours! Perfect way to spend a rainy day!
Posted on Mon., May. 12, 2014 - 10:31 AM


Sadly, I'm off to teach almost immediately after my show, so I won't get to see many of the other amazing performers today. Waah. I'll try to sneak in and catch as much as I can!!!

Mon., May. 12, 2014 - 12:15 PM

In under an hour it starts . . . Songbirds on numubu LIVE!!!

Mon., May. 12, 2014 - 1:12 PM
I know it's a HUGE inconvenience, but I think it's kinda awesome that NuMuBu is scaring poor little Facebook into banning posts from social media people promoting cyber-gigs over here. You know you're making headway when the big dog starts to snap and growl!
Posted on Mon., May. 12, 2014 - 10:19 AM


Indeed the silver lining!! Thanks for noticing, Gayla.

Mon., May. 12, 2014 - 1:07 PM
Had lots of fun today with the Musical Masters, looking forward to next week! So much fun revisiting/relearning all these old fingerstyle tunes I wrote back in the '90s. I still got it (blows smoke coming from fingers).
Posted on Fri., May. 9, 2014 - 7:12 PM

Re-learning some of my old fingerstyle tunes for today's cyber gig at 3CDT. Pretty challenging! Wow! But dang, good for the fingers and the soul! See YOU there!!!
Posted on Fri., May. 9, 2014 - 1:15 PM


Know the feeling...

Sat., May. 10, 2014 - 5:36 AM

Not so good for the shoulder, though. Touch of bursitis flaring up, argh. Oh well. Ice ice ice, stretch stretch stretch . . . I know the drill. Even have the little stretchy bands.

Mon., May. 12, 2014 - 11:06 AM - progress!!!
Posted on Mon., May. 5, 2014 - 2:42 PM


Not all the links are live yet - but we're getting there.

Mon., May. 5, 2014 - 2:42 PM
has added a Planxty Don Gallaghervideo

Planxty Don Gallagher

Gayla Drake plays her own composition, Planxty Don Gallagher, while Paddy O'Brien takes a little break at a May 4, 2014 house concert.
Posted on Mon., May. 5, 2014 - 1:27 PM

Hi Gayla, I totally enjoyed your broadcast the other day. You are a very musical player. Beautiful to listen to :-D
Posted on Mon., May. 5, 2014 - 11:05 AM


Thanks for popping in! I hope to catch you soon, as well!

Mon., May. 5, 2014 - 1:26 PM

New blog post/eulogy . . .
Posted on Wed., Apr. 30, 2014 - 8:29 PM

And then this happened . . .
Posted on Fri., Apr. 25, 2014 - 2:21 PM



Fri., Apr. 25, 2014 - 2:43 PM

has added 1 new photo to the album Gigs

Gayla Drake at River Rock Common House

This was Saturday night at the lovely River Rock Common House in Ft. Collins, Colorado, 04/05/14.
Posted on Wed., Apr. 9, 2014 - 10:48 AM

Dang, sadly, we're not going to be able to broadcast from River Rock tonight. The wired connection is too far away, and the wireless is just too slow. Sorry!
Posted on Sat., Apr. 5, 2014 - 7:11 PM

Gayla Drake

has added Terry Lawless as a friend.
Posted on Tue., Apr. 1, 2014 - 2:30 PM

Gayla Drake

has added Catherine Lawson as a friend.
Posted on Mon., Mar. 31, 2014 - 5:16 PM


We played one song in the kitchen with the dog singing along (seriously)...
It was fun, now that we know how, we'll "schedule" a time and do it again.

Tue., Apr. 1, 2014 - 4:48 PM

Have fun on your trip!

Tue., Apr. 1, 2014 - 4:48 PM

Great! Glad you are on board, and looking forward to catching you, with or without dogs, soon!

Wed., Apr. 2, 2014 - 12:50 PM

Sorry folks, had to cancel my participation in the No Fools Cyber Extravaganza today due to a nasty case of bronchitis. I do encourage everyone to check out as many other artists as possible! Enjoy! Happy No Fools Day!!!
Posted on Mon., Mar. 31, 2014 - 9:41 AM


My friend Mark Allan Jensen is playing during the same time, and I do encourage everybody to check him out. Great voice, great songs, lovely pickin'.

Mon., Mar. 31, 2014 - 10:23 AM

Hopefully I'm on the right track now. Veryvery frustrating. I'm afraid that doing the gig Friday night was not smart. Denial ain't just a river in Egypt. It's me thinking I can't be sick because I don't have time to be.

Mon., Mar. 31, 2014 - 1:43 PM
Gigging tonight at the lovely Mendoza Wine and Music in downtown Coralville, Iowa. Solo show, $3 cover. If you're in the neighborhood, come on over! Great wines, amazing foods, NO TVs!!! And live, original music, too.
Posted on Fri., Mar. 28, 2014 - 9:05 AM


LOL! That's not exactly in the neighborhood, unless you're taking the Cosmic View. Which we all oughta do from time to time.

Fri., Mar. 28, 2014 - 9:39 AM
Hey, coincidentally enough, I did not create a Wednesday evening live broadcast for tomorrow - which I would now, had I created it, have to cancel because I seem to have some sort of bronchial horror show that has erased my voice. So . . . See you Monday March 31!
Posted on Tue., Mar. 25, 2014 - 1:25 PM


Hope you're feeling better soon, Gayla.

Tue., Mar. 25, 2014 - 3:54 PM

Working on it!

Tue., Mar. 25, 2014 - 8:29 PM
Starting in a few minutes!
Posted on Wed., Mar. 19, 2014 - 8:47 PM

After many, many, many years is finally being built . . . Whew!
Posted on Sun., Mar. 16, 2014 - 6:38 PM

I'll be streaming live right here on numubu in about 20 minutes! Come on over and visit a while!
Posted on Wed., Mar. 12, 2014 - 8:38 PM


Hi Jürgen - sorry you're finding the site difficult. We are constantly making improvements, but nothing happens fast. At some point, it may work to your satisfaction.

Thu., Apr. 10, 2014 - 11:49 AM

Hi Cliff...yep, I know you're working on it!..also I got more acquainted meanwhile..:-)'s not only me...some of my contacts didn't feel like joining NuMuBu..:-)

Fri., Apr. 11, 2014 - 10:39 PM

I'll bet your not the only one. But for all of those who aren't interested, there are lots more who are. Glad to see you keep returning.

Sat., Apr. 12, 2014 - 12:47 AM
TONIGHT streaming live right here, 8PM central daylight time, which is who the hell know what time wherever anybody else is . .. Just come back when it starts getting dark and I should be starting sometime around then . . .
Posted on Wed., Mar. 12, 2014 - 12:57 PM



Wed., Mar. 12, 2014 - 8:37 PM
has added a Oh Give Me Your Handvideo

Oh Give Me Your Hand

Trad. Natalie Brown-fiddle; Gayla Drake-guitar.
Posted on Mon., Mar. 10, 2014 - 2:23 PM

has added a While I Waitvideo

While I Wait

Words and music by Gayla Drake; guitar and vocal-Gayla Drake; violin-Natalie Brown
Posted on Mon., Mar. 10, 2014 - 2:22 PM

has added a St. Anne's Reel/Flowers of Edinburghvideo

St. Anne's Reel/Flowers of Edinburgh

Fiddles: Natalie Brown and Gayla Drake, two traditional tunes.
Posted on Mon., Mar. 10, 2014 - 2:20 PM

has added a Solar Gainvideo

Solar Gain

Words and music by Gayla Drake; Gayla Drake-guitar and vocal; Natalie Brown-violin.
Posted on Mon., Mar. 10, 2014 - 2:16 PM


You are awesome! Please do a house concert in SW Florida. :-)

Mon., May. 12, 2014 - 12:18 PM

The amazing Natalie Brown and I played last night at Uptown Bill's Coffeehouse in Iowa City - they got some video. I will try to post some of it here as soon as it's up! We had nearly more fun than was good for us.
Posted on Sun., Mar. 9, 2014 - 5:57 PM

has added 1 new photo to the album My Pictures

Gayla's Guitar

Photo by Laurie Haag Art and Photography
Posted on Sun., Mar. 9, 2014 - 5:54 PM

I'll be streaming live tonight at 8PM central time - I hope you can join me!
Posted on Wed., Mar. 5, 2014 - 3:49 PM

Had so much fun cyber-gigging here last night that I'm gonna do it again next Wednesday night, 8PM Central!
Posted on Thu., Feb. 27, 2014 - 8:39 AM

I'm looking forward to playing some music tonight! Join me at 8PM (central time)!
Posted on Wed., Feb. 26, 2014 - 4:30 PM

Live streaming recommences in 1 hour 20 minutes! So excited! It's been too long and I have missed you all much! Hope to see you tonight! 8PM Central, 9PM Eastern, 6PM Pacific, WEE hours UK and points east . . .
Posted on Wed., Feb. 19, 2014 - 7:42 PM


Good to have you back, Gayla!

Wed., Feb. 19, 2014 - 8:56 PM
Winter hiatus or winter blahs? Winter can suck it. I'm starting to claw my way out of hibernation... Stay tuned...
Posted on Tue., Feb. 11, 2014 - 1:55 PM

Sadly, my basement is still in too much disarray to be a viable space for cyber-gigging this week. I will attempt over the weekend to put things to rights enough to see if I can manage it again on Monday. Sorry for the interruption. Here's a status update - it's not been warm enough YET for the frozen pipe to even thaw, and we've had a space heater blowing directly on it for days. Not having a kitchen is getting OLD.
Posted on Wed., Jan. 8, 2014 - 9:12 AM


Sorry to hear that, Gayla. May your difficulties pass quickly.

Wed., Jan. 8, 2014 - 10:59 AM

I'll just be happy to have some space for music again. It'll be weeks before the kitchen is functional. But that's okay, I needed to lose weight anyway, right? Right...

Wed., Jan. 8, 2014 - 11:21 AM
I sure hate to do this, but I have to cancel my cyber gig for Monday again. Extreme apologies. Woke up this morning to discover that our kitchen sink drain had frozen and burst a week or so ago, and didn't send out any memos. We have water in the basement, and a contractor coming Monday to make too much noise. Argh.
Posted on Sat., Jan. 4, 2014 - 7:55 PM

has added a Performance topic

Unpleasant changes already in the new year

Well, it's been a tumultuous transition already - two of the regular venues that I have been playing for several years just announced major restructuring in performance times and pay scale. And none of it in our favor. One of them is simply no longer viable, as I will barely cover expenses, and I would be better off staying home doing other work. The other is so close to home that I will continue ...
Posted on Thu., Jan. 2, 2014 - 2:35 PM


Ouch. Maybe I'm lucky to be in a smaller market! At least it's cheap to live here.

Thu., Jan. 2, 2014 - 3:04 PM

@Steve - same is true in virtually very big city in the Western World.

Fri., Jan. 3, 2014 - 5:56 AM

So true - many people try to set up concert series - (such as Villa Montalvo here)with plenty of advance notice and series ticket sales. That's a lot of work, though. And short-notice opportunities don't fit in with that plan.

Sat., Jan. 4, 2014 - 10:09 AM

Hey all, I'm so sorry to have to cancel today's gig, but I woke up with a rotten cold, and I just can't sing... I'll see you next week - AND next year! Happy New Year everybody!
Posted on Tue., Dec. 31, 2013 - 10:42 AM


Get Well soon Gayla

Tue., Dec. 31, 2013 - 1:11 PM
Post-Christmapoliptic cycber-gig coming up in 27 minutes - 8PM sharp Central Time, yes, tonight, December 25. See you there!
Posted on Wed., Dec. 25, 2013 - 8:33 PM

Cyber gig in just about 20 minutes! Grab a mug of something warm and lovely and join me!
Posted on Mon., Dec. 23, 2013 - 1:42 PM

Streaming live in just under an hour!!! Right here. Check it out.
Posted on Wed., Dec. 18, 2013 - 8:09 PM