Full Moon Energy, New Video, & Upcoming Performance

Big thanks to Jeff Ray for taking some phone-camera videos of Charlie and me last Saturday at the Yankie Creek Coffee House, here in Silver City, NM.

I’d like to share this video of my song about being away and coming “Home again.”  (Second song on the page)  Hope you like it!

The Waxing Gibbous Moon energy of the last week has kept us up late many nights and working most of Sunday redesigning my website.  I’m so excited about the changes (Thank you, Jean Ann~ ), I want to point out that my site’s now both more attractive with things easier to find, but we can now listen to recordings of my original songs and watch videos of some performances without leaving my site and having to deal with the quirks of YouTube and other sites.

I hope you’ll check out the rest of the site, “like” things, comment, share, and subscribe if you haven’t already.  Thanks ~  (You can unsubscribe, of course, at anytime.)

I intend to be more regular about posting.  I’m going to aim for one short post like this once a week.

Just to scan all the post titles on the right column of this site is a heady flashback to all the great shows and guests Jean and I hosted over 5 months on “Silver City Acoustic” (on our local community radio station, Gila-Mimbres Community Radio) – including Lloyd Maines (Grammy award-winning producer and phenomenal musician I’ve been admiring for decades) and Terry Hendrix (award-winning Texas singer-songwriter I’ve come to appreciate immensely) and many, many more amazing guests, local and touring, that we had the pleasure to meet.

Speaking of local and touring musicians, did you know our own, local, amazing bluesman Jammin’ Jeff used to tour with Bo Diddley for twenty-some years!?  Yeah!  What a great couple of shows we had with Jeff in the studio.  Hope to do it again.

Coming up:  this Saturday, I’ll play bass with friends, luthier and bluesman Scott van Linge and killer percussionist Rodney Henderson – as The Loose Blues Band9-11 am at the Farmer’s Market – one of the last markets of the year.

There are still tables piled high with the last of summer harvest, so don’t miss it!  Not only do you get to buy the best food available in our world, but then you can relax, enjoy some music, even dance, and reconnect with friends and acquaintances on this wonderful Harvest Moon weekend before we all huddle indoors for the winter!  It’s still nice to be outside on a Silver City morning!  Hope to see you there.

Quick look ahead:  Charlie Alfero and I, perhaps with guests, will be playing at Diane’s Parlor the last two Fridays of this month, the 24th and 31st (Halloween – costumes?), 6-9 pm.  Expect fun!

 

Silver City Acoustic features Jeff “Santa Rita Slim” Ray and Southern Rocky Mountain Band

JeffRay1Singer/songwriter and guitar and bass player Jeff “Santa Rita Slim” Ray will be our first guest this evening on Silver City Acoustic.

Born in Silver City and “raised in space” (in Santa Rita, NM, now a mining hole in the ground), Jeff spent the last decades in Oregon and has now returned to our locale.

Long ago, locally, Jeff played country-based dance music with the Delk Family Band, aka the “Gully Jumpers” and has played roots rock over the decades with Howie Miller’s local “Sleep Til Noon.”

In Eugene, he sat in with Junior Clark and various members of his band on old-time mountain music and bluegrass.

Jeff’s experience with such diverse musical genres prepares him well for sitting in with various local musicians around Silver City, as well as being part of the very new, local, folk-rock-Americana Southern Rocky Mountain Band (which will be our featured band in the second half of the show).

If that’s not enough, Jeff is devoted to singing his original and cover music on a weekly schedule to a rotation of four retirement homes in the area.  We’ll hear some of that music and talk with him about his inspiration, collaborations, how music relates to the oral traditions of storytelling, and much more.

In the second hour, we admit that we had really wanted to get some other musicians in the studio, but alas, none of them could make it.

So Jean and I and possibly the fourth member of the new Southern Rocky Mountain Band (SoRockMo’ Band) will join Jeff in the second hour to play some of our favorite songs and talk about the launch of our folk-rock-Americana quartet.  Our fourth member is Tom “Houndog” Romancik, who plays guitar, steel guitar, dobro, percussion and more.

SRMB OH 1We’ve been working up a variety of music by Jackson Browne, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and of course some of my original music.  We’ll talk about how we all came to work together, as well as our inspirations and intentions.

We recently debuted as a band at the Gila River Film Festival and CD Release Party.  Our new website is at SouthernRockyMountainBand.org.

So tune in and tune up to

KURU 89.1 FM or GMCR.org

6:15-ish (right after the Community Calendar and Workers’ Independent News) til 8 pm MT.

 

Silver City Acoustic: Dustin Hamman returns, plus Jessie Lee Thetford

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Dustin Hamman returns tonight to his hometown Silver City and “Silver City Acoustic” at the end of his soundtrack-promoting tour, just as he visited the show to kick off the national tour last February.

Besides sharing some of his extraordinary music, he’ll share stories about how he and his music were selected, his process of creating the movie soundtrack, his experiences as an actor in the film, about the tour, and the two, live soundtrack performances and Beneath the Harvest Sky movie screenings that will take place this Friday and Saturday at the Pinos Altos Opera House.

7008770_origIn the second hour, our guest will be another local musician Jessie Lee Thetford, a singer/songwriter, artist, and musician whose debut album AWAKE presents an artist’s coming of age and awareness.

Her debut album-release party will be this Friday at the Little Toad Creek Inn Brewery & Distillery in Silver City.

Thanks, everyone in the Gila-Mimbres area as well as those around the nation, for listening and communicating your comments on this show!  We really appreciate the great feedback.

So tune in and tune up!

6:15-ish (whenever the Community Calendar and Workers Independent News are over)
til 8 pm – MT.

on KURU 89.1 FM Silver City

or stream it live on GMCR.org!

(Send comments and ideas to sca@gmcr.org.)

Barbie Williamson & Charlie Alfero on “Silver City Acoustic” tonight!

Both our guests this evening have the distinction of having an original song accepted for inclusion on the compilation CD Wild Gila:  Forever Free – and being invited to perform their songs at the upcoming Gila River film festival and CD release celebration this Saturday, June 7, at the Pinos Altos Opera House in Pinos Altos, NM.  (The fundraiser will support the defense of the free-flowing Gila River by the Gila River Information Project.)

barbiewilliamsonBarbie Williamson is a singer/songwriter in the folk tradition.  “Raised in mountains of West Virginia, she has been involved with music for almost 50 years, with her primary influences being bluegrass, folk, blues, rock and roll, and a little bit of country.  Playing primarily the 12-string guitar, her melodies are enchanting; her voice, gentle; her lyrics, potent and living words that penetrate to the deepest places inside of you.”

She has two albums released and a third almost ready for release.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACharlie Alfero is a folk musician known for his skills on the mandolin and tenor guitar.  He has played as a sideman for a number of musicians in and around southwest New Mexico and has been performing in a duo with Greg Renfro for a decade, during which they released the album, Settle on In.  He has appeared in two “Tucson Folk Festivals” and a handful of “Glenwoodstocks,” and he continues to perform regularly in and around Silver City.  His song “Simple Things” is on the new Wild Gila  CD.

So tune in and tune up to

KURU 89.1 FM – 6:15-ish – 8 pm (MT)

or stream it live at GMCR.org!

 

 

Jammin’ Jeff returns tonight on “Silver City Acoustic”

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Jammin’ Jeff

 

Tonight!!  Jammin’ Jeff, back by popular demand, will be spending the whole two hours  sharing stories and his amazing bluesmanship with us – on Silver City Acoustic, 6:15-ish – 8 pm, MT.

Last week, Jeff shared with us a few stories of his blues career, including 23 years traveling in Bo Diddley’s band.

People are writing from around the nation, telling us what a great show we have here – thanks to all the local and traveling musicians who’ve shared their time with us!

So don’t miss it!  Silver City Acoustic every Thursday night, 6:15-ish (right after the Community Calendar and Workers’ Independent News) til 8 pm, MT.

on KURU 89.1 FM

or streaming live on GMCR.org.

Tune in and tune up!

Appreciate your listening.  And appreciate your comments – sca@gmcr.org.

Howie Miller with Betty Marriage, and Jammin’ Jeff Tonight!

Betty and Howie (1) Tonight on “Silver City Acoustic,” we’ll visit first with Howie Miller and Betty Marriage, best known for the band “Sleep Til Noon,” who’ve been singing together off and on since 1987.  Both grew up in Hurley, are widely known around Grant County, and will share some stories and original songs with great titles like “Isolation Blues,” “Shadows and Angels,” “One Way Train,” and more.

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In the second hour, we’ll visit with “Jammin’ Jeff” Cerwinske, guitar virtuoso, sharing his original tunes, joined by Tom McCoy on harp, kicking off a wonderful Blues Festival weekend, here in Silver City!  Looking forward to hearing Jeff’s stories of traveling around the nation, playing with the likes of Bo Diddley – and learning what he’s been up to lately.  We’re in for a real treat.

So tune in and tune up  – to KURU 89.1 FM (6:15-ish – 8 pm MT)

or stream it live on GMCR.org.

Azaima Anderson and Dale Rucklos tonight’s guests on Silver City Acoustic

playing on the rocksAzaima Anderson, a Kerrville New Folk Finalist who studied songwriting with Rosanne Cash, is a lyric-driven songwriter as well as an interfaith minister, astrologer, yoga teacher, and shamanic healer who uses music in her healing work.

She’ll perform music from her new CD, Heart Lightning, a fusion of her music and healing work, with guest musicians joining on the first few songs, after which she’ll finish the hour solo.

daleatyankieIn our second hour, Dale Rucklos, a guitar player and songwriter for 47 years, will share with us his lyrical songwriting process, fusing rock, blues, acoustic, New Age, and jazz.

Dale has been in Silver City for a few years and is now co-owner of Yankie Creek Coffee House, where he hosts performers every Saturday afternoon, 2-4 pm.  His album is entitled The Journey 2012.

Tune in and tune up!
KURU 89.1 FM or
GMCR.org – 6:15-ish – 8 pm MT
(right after the Community Calendar and Workers Independent News)

Thanks for listening!  And for commenting here or writing me at sca@gmcr.org.

 

Montoya Brothers and Gleemaiden tonight on “Silver City Acoustic”

 

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Eric and George Montoya

Tonight on “Silver City Acoustic” (6:15-ish – 8 pm), we’ll visit in the first hour with brothers Eric and George Montoya, who’ve been performing for over 17 years as both rhythm section for many local musicians and as the core of the “Friends of The Underground.”

Born and raised in Silver City, they’ve both been continuously performing live and recording their own original music and on various projects by artists both local and out of town.

Influenced by The Beatles, the Beach Boys, Merle Haggard, and War, to name a few, singing vocal harmonies is one of their favorite aspects of making music.

The Montoyas were recently recognized by the Grant County Chicano Music Project as one of the few remaining groups to continue the musical legacy rich in this community.

As well as hearing them live in the studio, we look forward to talking about the local music scene, how it’s changed over the years, and how Silver City has both given birth to and attracted great music and musicians for many years.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn the second hour, we’ll visit with “Gleemaiden,” a local, all-women a cappella group which performs regularly at a variety of local venues, including Pickamania in 2012.

Wind Markham, Elizabeth DeMoss, Maria Casler and Kori Wilken are all mothers of young children – and sometimes one might sing with a babe in her arms.

Local musical matriarch Jeanie McLerie writes of them, “Their repertoire comes from many sources, and they put their own organic style into everything they sing.  Their voices merge in a lovely interplay of unison, harmony and rhythmic back-up vocals.  Their sound feels like the heart of Silver City—laid-back, yet inspired; peaceful, yet captivating.”

We expect to talk to them about how music is a part of everyone’s lives, the role of music in family and community, and the unique role of a cappella music in the world today.

So tune up and tune in to KURU 89.1 FM!
or stream it live at GMCR.org.

We’ll begin right after the “Community Calendar” and “Workers Independent News,” at about 6:15-:20.

 

 

 

“Silver City Acoustic” hosts Roger Metcalf and Mike Moutoux tonight!

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“Silver City Acoustic” tonight will feature music and interviews with Roger Metcalf in the first hour (6:15-ish to 7) and Mike Moutoux in the second (7:10-ish to 8).

Roger, “originally a Brit but now a dual Brit/US” citizen, has lived all over the world, and has now settled down as a translator and musician in Silver City.

He learned to play the stand-up bass to orchestra level, then switched to bass guitar and taught himself guitar.

Today Roger plays bass with the Roadrunners, the Greenwood Misses, and occasionally with Melanie Zipin and Wally Lawder.

He’ll share mostly original songs with us, on an acoustic resonator guitar, so fans of Roger will get to hear something they might not have ever heard from him before.

In our second hour, we’ll visit with Mike Moutoux, a cowboy-singer-songwriter from Silver City, also known as “New Mexico’s Enchanting Cowboy.”

378924_292233797481923_2022509686_nFrom his biography:  Mike specializes in turning ranch work into cowboy songs and cowboy poetry that give listeners a rare look into the life of a working cowboy.  “I’ve helped to pull calves and watched them take their first breath, laid on the ground in the mud and blood doctoring cows, been chased by cows, kicked by cows, fallen off a horse or two, and just generally collected too many fond memories to remember.”

“I want to put everyone in the audience as close to being in the saddle as words and music allow—and at the same time leave ‘em laughing,” he says. He plays a mix of songs, mostly his own, but always includes some classics the audience is sure to recognize. There will be wild rides, cattle drives, and endless big blue skies all wrapped up in poetry and song. With his smooth voice, authentic material, and a wonderful sense of humor, it doesn’t take long for an audience to appreciate what enchanting means: captivating and charming.

He has been a friend to many performers as a DJ for KSIL radio in Silver City, the producer of the Cowboy Concert Series, and as a talent wrangler and Master of Ceremonies for the Tyrone Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival. He is a regular on the poetry and music circuit especially in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado.

So tune up and tune in!

…. to KURU 89.1 FM, 6:15-ish
(after the Community Calendar and Workers’ Independent News) until 8 pm.

Or if you’re out of the area (more will be as the tower equipment is upgraded),
stream us live at GMCR.org.

“Silver City Acoustic” hosts “Seattle’s EmmyLou,” Zoe Muth

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In the first hour of “Silver City Acoustic” tonight, at 6 pm, we’re happy to host Seattle’s “own EmmyLou,” Zoe Muth.

Here’s from her press kit:

Whether nailing an upbeat honky-tonk tune or a slow, sad story-song, Zoe Muth’s music is so honest and familiar, you’ll wonder why you haven’t heard it yet. Her self-titled, self-released debut won attention not only from her hometown (Seattle Weekly dubbed her “our own Emmylou”; tastemaker blog Sound on the Sound called her “without doubt, one of the finest songwriters in Seattle”) it also earned praise from the worldwide press. The record landed on No Depression’s annual Reader’s Poll as one of the Top 50 Albums of 2009, while Modern Acoustic magazine called her 2010’s “New Artist of the Year.”Â

On its follow-up, Starlight Hotel (produced by Muth and Martin Feveyear at Seattle’s Jupiter Studios), you can almost feel the wheels turning under the pickup truck. Picture an old country road, flat land on either side and a whole lot of nothing out the window. The mood of the music – and Muth’s narrative lyrics – captures a stark honesty that recalls some of the finest country classics.

Our second guest took another gig when we went off the air last week, and we were unable to replace him, so we’ll probably play some of his music in the second hour along with music by other local musicians – unless a local musician reads this and wants to grab the slot.  Takers?

Tune up and tune in – at KURU 89.1 FM.

Or stream it on GMCR.org.