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.)

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.

Loretta Chacon on “Silver City Acoustic” Thursday

8095046Winner of multiple folk music awards, “Mobetta Loretta” Chacon is great-niece of Juan Chacon, the leader of the famous mine strike who later played himself in “Salt of the Earth,” the only blacklisted movie in America.

This Thursday, Loretta’s coming out from southern California with her entire band to take part in this weekend’s 60th Anniversary Celebration of the movie that put our area firmly in proud union history, and she’ll be our guest in the second hour of Silver City Acoustic, 7-8 pm.

Loretta and her band will play live in the studio and talk about her album, Salt of the Earth, whose songs pay tribute to the men and women who sacrificed to bring equality of pay and living conditions to Mexican workers.

The first hour is still unscheduled, so if anyone has a suggestion to complement the theme this week, “Salt of the Earth” or union-organizing “Then and Now,” please let me know!

Tune in and tune up!  to KURU 89.1 FM, 6:15 or so (after the community calendar and Workers Independent News) til 8 pm.

Also streamable on GMCR.org.

Gurnie Dobbs Entertains on “Silver City Acoustic”

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Gurnie Dobbs lives in Gila, New Mexico, and has been singing and writing music since his years in Paris, and maybe before.

His humor is frequent, surprising in its wit, and matched by transformational sensibilities that pop up when you least expect it.  Obviously, we had a great time with him and his wife, Susan VanAuken, and sister-in-law, Gretchen, also of Gila, who both joined us in the studio.

In the first hour, I filled in for a guest who’d had to cancel.  I really tried to find someone to replace him, but alas, no one wanted to go on the air with such short notice.  So I did, and Jean filled in as interviewer, and we actually had a good time.

Thanks to all you listeners.  And for those of you who haven’t yet tuned in, in the last couple weeks, we’ve given away a very nice CD and tickets to a show, so don’t miss out!  Become a member of Gila-Mimbres Community Radio and listen to “Silver City Acoustic.”

Tune in and tune up to KURU 89.1 FM,  Thursdays 6:15 or so – 8 pm MDT

or listen at GMCR.org!

Dr. Iya Kahn and “Houndog” on “Silver City Acoustic” This Thursday

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Dr. Iya Khan

Dr. Iya Kahn is widely known around town for energizing audiences, singing and playing clean, jazzy/bluesy guitar riffs over his pre-recorded – his own original – tracks of classic rock and blues favorites.

This Thursday evening, though, Iya will unplug from that marvelous machinery and just bring his acoustic guitar to share with us some of his original music!  Looking forward to visiting and talking music with this dynamic man of Soul, Dr. Iya Kahn.

Tom "Houndog" Romancik

Tom “Houndog” Romancik

In the second hour, we’ll get to know a fairly new arrival in town:  Tom “Houndog” Romancik.  From northern New Mexico, Taos most recently, Tom played a couple of sets we caught at Yankie Creek Coffee House where he inspired numerous ovations with his original rock and blues.

Looking forward to both these guests, both dynamic performers.

In case you haven’t noticed, Silver City Acoustic begins after three short KURU items:  Community Calendar, Workers’ Independent News, and Radio Bilingue – about 17 minutes after the top of the hour.  After a short break around 7 pm, we come back with a Music Calendar, then introduce our second guest.

Musicians are coming forward, and we’re developing a great calendar of music for you all.  So, thanks for listening – and let me know what you think at sca@gmcr.org.

Tune In and Tune Up! at KURU 89.1 FM, 6-8 pm, Thursdays
or stream it live at GMCR.org.

(Eventually, we’ll be able to archive one some of our shows – those with little or no ASCAP/BMI licensed music.  Until then, live is where it’s at and nowhere else.)

Ana Egge & String Beans This Week!

Ana_Egge_Jack_Hirschorn_1-300x199So looking forward to hosting “Silver City Acoustic” this week!

In the first hour we’ll have Silver City’s Ana Egge – now residing in Brooklyn – in the studio, playing live and talking about her life and current album produced by Steve Earle.  Can’t wait to ask her about her sessions in Levon Helms’ studio in Woodstock, New York!  We might also learn about her growing up with three sisters and parents who “dropped out” and then started “Down to Earth School” here in Silver.  Ana has a huge, loyal following, so if you haven’t heard her yet, you must tune in.  And tell your friends!

“Ana is a somewhat best-kept secret of the music scene.” —Maïa Davies of Ladies of the Canyon

46690_10151423002226591_2059556652_nIn our second hour, we’ll visit with the Silver City String Beans – Skippy Sanders (mandolin, vocals), Martha Egnal (guitar, vocals), and Doug Smith (bass, vocals).  (Thomas Wentz, fiddle and vocals, is unfortunately out of town.)

Silver City is fortunate to have musicians like this, who also give so much else to the community in the way of healthy food and healthy living in particular – though most people know them best for their toe-tapping, foot-stomping  good time.  I’m honored to have them on the show.

So pull up your radio, turn it up, and get ready to stomp around in your kitchen or wherever you are!  Push back the tables!

KURU FM 89.1 from 6-8 this Thursday, January 23 – and every Thursday.  If you can’t tune in then, remember to check the archives for the show at GMCR.org.

Love and Peace,

Greg

Hosting “Silver City Acoustic”

Hi Friends,

sca posterI’m happy to announce that I’m the host of a new show, “Silver City Acoustic,” on our local community radio.  The show will feature music and conversation with local and touring musicians in and around Silver City, New Mexico.

This is an exciting adventure as I’ve been thinking about something like this for a few years now.  I’ve been in touch with just a few musicians so far – this idea was launched less than a week ago! – but the response has been very positive, and I’m excited about the possibilities!

Silver City has nurtured so many fine musicians, and some of them don’t even play out!  I’m planning to bring a wide range of acoustic music to our community radio listeners – along with storytelling and conversation to get to know these interesting people.

20060114223847-745272This week, I’ll interview Jeanie McLerie and Ken Keppeler of Bayou Seco fame, and expect to learn about their Europeans gigs, their fiddle making, and some stories behind the  broad spectrum of music they play, from Cajun and cowboy to Hispanic and Tohono O’Odham!

1361288605_4515c9cdf40841051f6ed5bfeecaba642f68a61bIn the second hour, we’ll visit with touring musician and guitar virtuoso Thomas Radcliffe, on the road with music and stories to share!

“Silver City Acoustic” will air on station KURU FM – 89.1 – every Thursday evening, 6-8 pm MST.

KURU is run by the non-profit Gila-Mimbres Community Radio.  It can also be heard by streaming live or from the archives anytime at GMCR.org.   To access the archives, click “Programs” and then “Silver City Acoustic.”

So tune in your radios, pull up your laptops, and tune up to some live music and great conversation!  Join us!