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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 persuasionbluegrass, Western swing, old time and folk, to name a few.

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

Two very different local acts are releasing shiny new recordings on Saturday, April 23. Read all about it after the jump.

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V.20 No.13 | 3/31/2011
Ben Wood

Song Roulette

Random Tracks From the Music Library of The Porter Draw’s Ben Wood

Ben Wood plays banjo in The Porter Draw. He’s also a woodworker and projectionist, knows how to grow a fine mustache, and is descended from Jewish cowboys in Arizona from way back when. Below are five random tracks from his music library.

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Tonight! Merle Haggard

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino · 8 p.m. · $25-$100 thru Ticketmaster

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These days, country music, which was long ago swallowed into the homogenizing pop culture machine, is like any other element of entertainment media: It lacks decorum, glorifies wealth and is geared toward the basest concerns of the masses. The only thing that distinguishes it is a Southern accent and that boot in your ass. Once upon a time, though, country music had its own identity, one that was far from the artless, soulless corporate goo oozing out of your radios and televisions. It was proud, pastoral, working class and sometimes a little rowdy. Long associated with that kind of country (and the right wing), these days the legendary Merle Haggard seems a bit pained by the country's corrosion. A few years ago, the Okie from Muskogee, who is now in his 70s wrote and sang, "What happened, does anybody know? / What happened, where did America go? / Everything Wal-Mart all the time / No more mom and pop five and dimes." See Haggard, poet of the common man, shun artifice down in Mescalero tonight.

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V.18 No.38 | 9/17/2009

Dateline: Malpais

Where the Hell Am I?

Hi, my name is Juan Maloso and I live nowhere.

I am what you call a city slicker, but my chosen line of work has taken me to small towns across America. I move more than Mongolian sheep herders. I never get to really know anyone outside of work, and before long, I move on.

Most of these locales are at the very least semi-rural and at the most, the country.

Since I was born and raised on concrete, the country is often a source of amusementthe amusement of the country residents at me.

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