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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.

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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.

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Architecture

Aztec Motel razed

R.I.P. Aztec Motel
R.I.P. Aztec Motel

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.22 | 6/2/2011

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Flyer on the Wall

Blessed Beer and Banjos

A higher power (that of hops, perhaps) will be with one of Albuquerque’s favorite country bands at Marble Brewery (111 Marble NW) on Saturday, June 4. The Porter Draw plays this free show starting at 8 p.m. Divine artwork by Brapola, whose inspiration was the question: "If the Virgin Mary were homeless, do you think people would like her as much?" (Jessica Cassyle Carr)

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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.

V.20 No.5 | 2/3/2011
The Builders and the Butchers

Song Roulette

Guitarist Ryan Sollee of The Builders and the Butchers

Ryan Sollee is a guitar player and the lead vocalist in Portland Americana band The Builders and the Butchers. On Monday, Feb. 7, the band plays at Low Spirits with Murder By Death and Damion Suomi & the Minor Prophets. From the road, by way of a BlackBerry, Sollee gave us a randomly selected peek into his music library.

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