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

So tune in and tune up to

KURU 89.1 FM or

6:15-ish (right after the Community Calendar and Workers’ Independent News) til 8 pm MT.


Awna of Po’ Girls and Asa Martin on “Silver City Acoustic”


This Thursday, on “Silver City Acoustic,” we’ll have in the studio Awna Tiexiera, front woman for Po’ Girls, who performed here in the last couple of years at the Pinos Altos Opera House.  Awna will be our first guest on Silver City Acoustic this week and will play at the Little Toad Creek Brewery and Distillery later in the evening.

Asa Martin at the Buckhorn Saloon

Asa Martin at the Buckhorn Saloon

In the second hour, we’ll visit with Asa Martin, local musician and son of Quinn Martin and Gwynn Jones.  Asa is currently gigging around Silver City at Diane’s Parlor, the Buckhorn, and elsewhere.

“Silver City Acoustic” airs Thursday evenings, 6:15-ish (after the Community Calendar and Workers Independent News) til 8 pm MT, on KURU 89.1 FM, and streaming on


Still Buzzing …. From Santa Fe to Socorro to Diane’s!

Hello My Friends,

greg n Lloyd n TerriTwo weeks ago, I had the honor of hosting phenomenal performer Terri Hendrix and Grammy-Award winner Lloyd Maines on the radio show

Having admired Lloyd for years, it was quite the experience to just sit at his elbow, and more so to visit on-air.

And listeners have been exclaiming regularly what “great sound” the station has!  Yes, Kyle has done a wonderful engineering job.

So I was still buzzing when we left the radio show in the capable hands of Azaima Anderson last week, as Jean and I headed off to Santa Fe to attend the Southwest Regional Folk Alliance (SWRFA) conference to learn and share ideas and photo 1songs with other folk musicians.  We enjoyed the talents of Carl Struck, Mollie O’Brien, David Berkely, Country Blues Revue, Cactus Tractor, and many more great-hearted folks who love music.

sca posterMany musicians were impressed to learn about our new local community radio station, KURU, 89.1 FM, and our “Silver City Acoustic” radio show that I host with Jean, and expressed new interest in putting Silver City onto their tours!  (One more benefit of community radio!  Touring artists are more attracted to our town!)  Of course, we also told them about the new music-and-great-food brewery/venue in town, and took home many CD’s from artists to pass around to the appropriate venues.

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The Old Town Bistro (historical Baca House) off the old town plaza in beautiful downtown Socorro.

Saturday night, we were booked into Socorro’s Old Town Bistro, and had the pleasure of bass player Jeff Ray meeting us there (from Bayard) and two excellent musician-friends from Socorro, Bill Giebitz and Jeannie Dixon, join us on guitar and fiddle at the end of the evening.  Thank you all for tripling the fun!  We played til after 11!

Performing at the Bistro

Performing at the Bistro

We had a great night, especially enjoying the fact that many of our Socorro musician friends were there – despite having been up late the night before to celebrate this ending of an era – the Bistro is closing!  We played the last Saturday.

The plaza in downtown Socorro

The plaza in downtown Socorro

The next morning, we walked around the beautiful, grassy, tree-lined downtown plaza with its park benches, historic adobe architecture, a great little coffee shop (with lovely pastries), all surrounded by mountains and desert – a small town almost as lovely as this one!

But the fun’s not over!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFinally, I’m happy to be playing again with my good friend, Charlie Alfero – this Saturday night, April 5, at Diane’s Parlor – with Kevin Compton sitting in with us, and possibly a guest drummer.  6-9 pm.  Fine food and drink, and fine folks.  Music is free.

I’m always honored and delighted when friends and acquaintances come out to attend a performance – so thank you for putting this date on your calendar.

I also appreciate comments and likes on my website!  Thanks!

Peace and Love,


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

Gurnie Dobbs Entertains on “Silver City Acoustic”


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!

Iya Kahn and Houndog on “Silver City Acoustic”

iya kahnOur 5th “Silver City Acoustic” show started off with Dr. Iya Kahn, playing his first acoustic music ever in Silver City – impressing us with a whole new sound – and very sweet – including originals and love songs for Valentine’s Day.

We heard about his growing up in Detroit, living with his musician father as a young adult in New York City, meeting many of the world’s great musicians there, and gigging regularly in Las Vegas.

Now, he’s decided to exit the fast lane and settle in our quiet little burg – and we’re glad of it.

houndogAnd thanks to Tom “Houndog” Romancik, our second guest, who played some fine guitar and dobro – also called a “houndog,” how he got his name – and also sang a soulful mix of originals and covers for us.

We’re glad this musician from Sante Fe and Socorro (where he played with some fine musician friends of mine) has chosen Silver City as his new home.  We expect to be hearing him more around town. 

Put it on your calendar to listen next week, when our guests will be Phil and Mary Brown in the first hour and the Latchkey Kids in the second.  We’ll also be giving away a Red Molly CD in a phone-in contest!

So, tune in and tune up – to KURU 89.1 FM, your station for local music like you never heard it before!  

Or stream it live at

6-8 pm MST – Thursdays.  (Actually 6:15 or so, after the community calendar and Workers Independent News.)

Have a great week, and thanks for listening~

Love and Peace,


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,!

Love the comments I’m getting!  Please send your comments to me via email at  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,



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.


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, 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!


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

Love and Peace,


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   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!