Earth Day’s 45th Anniversary – and more

Greg n Cindy body crop45 years ago, I was just 19 when I played a few songs for the very first Earth Day – I celebrated in Springfield, Missouri, finishing my first year of college.  (This tintype photo was taken about that time in Silver Dollar City, MO, at one of those tourist places that loan vintage clothes for the pic.)

Last Tuesday, invited to play a few songs on Earth Matters, I reprised one of those songs from my first Earth Day performance – “Mother Earth.”  If you missed the show Tuesday morning, it covered all the local Earth Day events and will be re-broadcast this Thursday, April 16, 8 pm on KURU, 89.1 FM or streaming live on GMCR.org (8 pm MDT).

This Saturday, if you’re celebrating Earth Day, I expect I’ll see you (my Silver City friends) at Gough Park, downtown, where activities will be going on from 10 am til 2 pm.  I’ll be playing with Charlie Alfero and the newly revived Gypsy Feet Band – Jeff “Santa Rita Slim” Ray, Dale Rucklos, and Paul DeMarco – from 11 to noon that day.  See ya there.

20150410_181927Saturday evening, the Gypsy Feet Band will play again at Diane’s Parlor, 510 N Bullard Street, in beautiful downtown Silver City.  Free.  Fine food and drink, and fine folks.  6:30 – 9-ish.

greg n scott @dianesSunday, 19th, 1-3 pm:  The Loose Blues Band will perform classic blues, rock, folk, and country at Yankie Creek Coffee House, Texas and Yankie Streets, in the heart of the downtown arts district, Silver City.  Free.

IMG_2782Our gardens are blooming and might be calling us to stay home, but let’s get out this Saturday and celebrate the beauty with our local communities!

And thanks for supporting local music!

Love and Peace to you all,

Greg

“It Makes Sense to Me” – new recording

DSC04758Hi Ya’ll ~

And thanks, from Jean, Jeff, and myself, to everyone who came out to our performance yesterday at Yankee Creek Coffee House. You were a great audience.

“Makes Sense to Me” is an original.  It’s fairly new and rarely played out, and this is our first released recording – a live, single-track.  My blessing to all the world.

 

We got a few other recordings we’re happy with – though for some reason Jeff’s bass was faint – not in performance, just in the recording.  Where’s the sound engineer when you need them?

Enjoy!

Love the Farmers Market!

Jean singing at FMSaturday at the Farmer’s Market is always a great social occasion, so we’re happy to be invited to play there.

Thanks to our friends, Nancy and Becky, who each took some of these photos.

Jeff “Santa Rita Slim” Ray is on bass, Jean Ann sings, and I’m there on guitar.  We’re ¾ of the Southern Rocky Mountain Band.

We played some of our personal obscure favorites by Guy Clark, Jackson Browne, Neil Young and others, along with my originals, focusing on summer and garden themes.

We three will play next at the Courtyard Cafe of the Gila Regional Medical Center, Friday 11:30 – 1 (starting a little earlier than usual).  If you haven’t been there, it’s a lovely setting with trees overhead, a labyrinth, a water fountain, a small grassy lawn, flowers, stone tables and benches, and a grill chef cooking up 2 or more entrees right outside the cafeteria where they sell healthy lunches and feature a salad bar.

Hope to see you there!

 

 

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.

Andrew Dahl-Bredine and Don Beams et al Great Guests!

Andrew in studio

Had a great time last Thursday on my third “Silver City Acoustic” show!  Andrew Dahl-Bredine played music from Africa, Brazil, and his own original work, one flavored with Zimbabwean elements, a couple children’s songs (singing with stars in our mouths!  yes!), and another, titled “Campfire,” which won him the “Best Songwriter of the Year” award at the Tucson Folk Festival in 2011.

We’re wishing Andrew the best on his upcoming CD release – later this week!  Watch for it!

We also had Don Beams on the show with his two new trio-mates, Becky Burnell on vocals and Bobby T on blues harp.  They impressed us with the most beautiful “divorce song” we ever heard! – an original by Don with beautiful harmonies – and much more.  Keep an ear out for these folks!

Thanks to all our listeners in the immediate 89.1 FM area, and thanks to all those listening on the web, GMCR.org!

Love the comments I’m getting!  Please send your comments to me via email at sca@gmcr.org.  I love to know who’s listening and what you think.

Also, regarding streaming from the archives after the show’s over – this option will only be possible, if we take the time to edit out any cover songs.  If anyone wants to volunteer, learn a new skill in the process, and just be part of a wonderful group of folks running your community radio, please let me know, and we’ll start building an archive that YOU can listen to anytime and even download as podcasts!  Powerful stuff!  Needs a volunteer.

“Oh, People, look among you.  It’s there your hopes must lie.”  — Jackson Browne

Love and Peace,

Greg

 

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!