Took the Amtrak from Albuquerque to St. Louis

gila-national-forest-mogollon-mtns…and passed beautiful country, like this, from northern New Mexico through southern Colorado.  It truly is enchanting.

 

My friend Greg Moore, born four before me, half of "Greg and Greg Construction," early-mid 80s.

…and reconnected with old friends from as long ago as 49 years!  My friend Greg Moore, half of “Greg and Greg Construction,” early-mid 80s, met me for lunch in Columbia, MO.

 

I also reunited with old members of my first band from 9th grade – The Invaders!  Sorry I have no photos to show of that reunion, but we had a great time.  Good to be with Tom Hunter and Rick Rahmberg, pickin’ and grinnin’ til 2 in the morning.

 

And so many other good friends!  We laughed and talked into the wee hours.  I was also honored to have my songs really appreciated by these old friends, particularly “Home Again,” which felt so right to play with them…  and feels right to share with you all now.

 

 

Here’s a video version of Charlie and me performing this song at Yankie Creek Coffee House a few weeks ago.  If you haven’t checked out my (new!) video page yet, it’s the second song:  https://gregrenfro.com/music-video/

 

Speaking of which, Charlie and I will be playing (maybe with friends) at Diane’s Parlor tomorrow, Friday the 24th 6-9 pm (and also next week, the 31st).  Hope to see you there!

 

And thanks always for supporting your local musicians!

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!

 

 

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.

 

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!

 

 

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

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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

 

Andrew Dahl-Bredine and Don Beams, et al, on “Silver City Acoustic,” 89.1 KURU-FM

DSC04015My first guests tonight on “Silver City Acoustic” will be singer/songwriter Don Beams along with blues-harp-player “Bobby T” and fok-rock-jazz vocalist Becky Burnell, an as-yet-unnamed, newly formed trio.

Don and Bobby T might be familiar to those watching the music scene in Silver City the past few years.  Becky is a performer from northern New Mexico and relative newcomer to town.  

Bobby T has played with Grammy Award winner Charlie Musslewhite and Chizmo Charles at the famed Blue Note in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

The three are currently working on Don’s first album of original music, and they’ll share with us some of those tunes and stories about their musical lives.  Don’s unique guitar picking and vocals draw compliments for their sensitive and humorous storytelling.

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In the second hour, my guest will be Andrew Dahl-Bredine, Silver City songwriter, singer/musician, family man, and world-traveler, who teaches children through music and nature.

Andrew is known for playing a wide variety of music from around the world, primarily South America and Africa, and playing instruments from many cultures.  He has five albums, and was named “Songwriter of the Year” by the 2011 Tucson Folk Festival.

Other praise garnered by Andrew includes:

“You can’t believe the journeys he takes you on: deep into your memory, deep into your joy; deep into the spirit, the madness, and the heart of the human experience.”  –  James Medfield, High Desert Beat 

“There’s something so foreign, so exotic and unusual in his sound, and in his lyrics; yet somehow he leaves the audience feeling so at home, so comfortable, so close…” – Nena Garcia, Acoustic Review

So turn on your radio, or pull up your laptop, and tune in for two hours of wonderful live music and conversation.

KURU FM, 89.1.  GMCR.org.

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!