Singer/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.
We’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.