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V.21 No.22 | 5/31/2012
Elliott’s Ramblers—Elliott is pictured at bottom right.
Courtesy of Elliott’s Ramblers

Spotlight

Banjos on High

Elliott and co. ramble back to Burque

After a long absence, Elliott’s Ramblers, one of the most beloved bluegrass acts in New Mexico history, is returning to Albuquerque for a show.
V.20 No.51 | 12/22/2011

Music

The Porter Draw is a train wreck

It’s also an Americana band that’s celebrating the release of its second full-length California Widow tonight at the Launchpad (618 Central SW, 9 p.m., $5, 21+). Read all about The Porter Draw and its connection to the past here.

V.20 No.50 | 12/15/2011
The Porter Draw is Russell James Pyle, Ben Wood, Joshua Gingerich, Dandee Fleming and Joey Gonzales.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Spotlight

High Lonesome

The Porter Draw is a friend to Albuquerque's Americana scene

Alt.country band The Porter Draw is part of a small but prolific Americana movement that has bubbled up in Albuquerque during the past five years. Marked by an unusual amount of camaraderie, the handful of bands within it are friends who are mutually dedicated to making music in and for this town.
V.20 No.42 | 10/20/2011
Three String Bale
Amy Zoe Wilcox-Edrington

Song Roulette

Three String Bale’s Random Tracks

Three String Bale is an Americana/roots band that’s been playin’ an original mixture of old-time, country, blues and bluegrass around town for a few years. The band laid down tracks for its first album at Frogville Records’ studio in Santa Fe in June. The release of hot on the skin, sweet in the mouth happens this weekend. In anticipation, we peer into guitarist Thomas Studer’s anachronistic, Kiss-laden music library.
V.20 No.30 | 7/28/2011
Hot Club of Cowtown

Music to Your Ears

A Wild Party

Only 20 minutes east of Albuquerque (in the mountains where it’s 10 degrees cooler) Wildlife West is equipped with venue facilities and hosts regular events. Beginning on Friday, July 29, and running through Sunday, July 31, is the biggest of the year: The ninth Wildlife West Music Festival. The three-day fest features two shaded stages (attendees will not be sitting in the sun, promoters say) and more than a dozen performing acts of the acoustic persuasion—bluegrass, Western swing, old time and folk, to name a few.
V.20 No.24 | 6/16/2011
R.I.P. Aztec Motel
R.I.P. Aztec Motel

Architecture

Aztec Motel razed

A piece of Americana was lost last week as the Aztec Motel, which once stood at Central and Aliso in Nob Hill, was demolished. According to this KRQE report, owner Jerry Landgraf, said it would have cost too much—an estimated $1 million (which, in the scheme of things, seems like an insignificant amount of money)—to restore the memorabilia-bedecked landmark, built in 1932. Landgraf now intends to erect lofts or shops at the site. On the bright side, the City of Albuquerque owns El Vado and the De Anza, and plans to restore those historic Route 66 motels.

V.20 No.16 | 4/21/2011

Alibi Picks

Desert Americana

Kate Mann celebrates her one-year repatriation to our state with a mini tour of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. On the itinerary are cafés, coffeehouses, saloons and, um, a wellness and healing center, The Source (3538 Anderson Ave SE). That’s not as odd as it might sound. Mann has a strong spiritual side but she’s no stranger to cold cowboy hearts and lukewarm whiskey. Against a vivid Western setting of blistering sun, dangerous rivers and deadly snake bites (from reptiles or humans), her work is all about redemption, whether freely granted or hard-won—as long as it helps you through one more long night. Joining Mann from her old Portland, Ore. stomping grounds is friend Matt Meighan, a finger-picking, storytelling political poet with a message as upbeat as his voice is down low.


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