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.)

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!

Silver City Acoustic / Dustin Hamman

dustin hammanDustin Hamman, recently here from Portland, may be a little-known musician in town, but not for long, as he’ll soon kick off a national tour for the months of March and April.  The tour will promote the music he wrote for a film, “Beneath the Harvest Sky,” as well as two other albums of original music.  The tour (as Run On Sentence with Dan Galucki) begins here in Silver City at the Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery downtown, Saturday, March 1.  He’s our guest in the second hour.

Music columnist Claire Blaustein of NPR wrote of Dustin, “Hamman’s visions of folk music are realized with rich imagery and entrancing instrumentation, as he crafts vivid story lines and long strings of compelling narration.”

In the first hour, we visit with Douglas Francisco, who’ll open for Dustin here in Silver City and continue on with  the tour.  Douglas Francisco plays “haunting lap steel guitar, drawing from blues, country, jazz and gypsy music.”

So tune in and tune up!  KURU 89.1 FM, Thursday 6-8 pm (or a little later, after the two short shows)

Or stream it live on gmcr.org.

PS after the show:  Here are some photos from the show, first of Douglas, then of Dustin and Dan, a show which garnered a lot of positive praise.  Douglas Francisco Dustin Hamman & Dan Galucki

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, SC String Beans on SC Acoustic

photoAna Egge performed her moving and powerful music and shared stories about her childhood, some in Silver City, her early professional days in Austin, connections with artists like Shawn Colvin, Steve Earle, Levon Helms, Iris Dement, and others, and talked about her current family and part-time cabin home here in Grant County.  She played an original inspired by her reading a biography of Silver City’s famous madame Milly, called “Silver Heels” – among other very beautiful original tunes, ending her set with an original version of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” with swift slide work on her guitar.  It was a wonderful hour with a gracious artist we’re proud to call our own.

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In the second hour, local favorites, the Silver City String Beans, Skippy Sanders, Martha Egnal, and Doug Smith, upped the energy even more with their rousing bluegrass, reggae, and rip-roaring folk songs – including an as-yet-unnamed original by local hero Jeff Goin that has been selected for inclusion on the new Gila River compilation album.  They also performed one of my favorite John Hartford songs, “Steam Powered Aero Plane,” and one of my favorite Jimmy Cliff songs, “The Harder They Fall.”  Fun and easy conversation included their stories of arriving in Silver City, each their own story, and the work they do here to make this community a better place.

If you missed the show, plan to listen to it in the archives (available now) at GMCR.org, under “Programs” and “Silver City Acoustic“!

Tune in next week, same time, same place on the dial – 89.1 KURU FM – when we’ll visit with Andrew Dahl-Bredine about his upcoming CD – and visit with another guest to be announced soon.

Every Thursday evening 6-8 pm.  Tune in and tune up!