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.
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The Stuffed Animal Band
Friday, Aug 12: Shoulder Voices Album Release Party
Shows for All Seasons
Americana, shoegaze, metal/mariachi and grindcore fans rejoice
Americana à la Burque
Flyer on the Wall
This tea-stained flyer announces the Friday, July 27 performances of a trio of local Americana favorites: The Porter Draw, Joe West and The Saltine Ramblers. The show happens at Low Spirits (2823 Second Street NW) at 9 p.m.—admission is $5. (JCC)
The Porter Draw is a friend to Albuquerque's Americana scene
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)
All-ages SOS Music Fest is tomorrow! Buy cheap tickets today!
The Alibi’s Group Hug Events presents live music, beer, food, vendors and art at Expo New Mexico’s Spanish Village. Pace yourselves—there’s a lot to do at this all-day, all-ages affair tomorrow. Let the sun worship begin!
You can buy your tickets in advance for only $10 up until noon tomorrow when the gates open. They’re $15 at the door. (Kids 10 and under get in free.)
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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.
Random cuts from The Porter Draw’s Russell Pyle
Russell Pyle is a vocalist and guitar player in the lauded local bluegrass group The Porter Draw. The band will be your Valentine on Saturday, Feb. 12, when it performs at Blackbird Buvette. The show, called “An Arrow Through the Heart,” begins at 10 p.m. and is free. Below is a random peek into Pyle’s music library. “It made me realize how much punk and hardcore I have on my iPod,” he says.
Music to Your Ears
Long before the BP oil spill disaster, and even before Hurricane Katrina and that skank Rita ripped through the Gulf Coast five years ago, the Louisiana shores were already suffering. “Since 1900,” says the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, “Louisiana has lost more than 1 million acres of wetlands and barrier shoreline as a result of natural processes and human activity.” Louisiana’s land loss not only compromises habitat for fish and wildlife, but it removes a natural buffer against storms. With oil smeared all over the problem, the situation is truly horrifying.
The Saltine Ramblers’ Arroyo Borealis
Americana is an umbrella term for roots-based musics native to the states, such as country and Western, bluegrass and folk. Despite vast differences, Americana acts tend to join forces, creating juxtaposed yet cohesive shows. It wouldn’t be unusual to find truck-driving country, indie follk and Emmet Otter’s Jug Band all cozying up under one roof. The appeal—be it pastoral, nostalgic or simply unplugged—crosses demographics, too. The music is usually suitable for grandpas, babies, and everyone in between in almost any kind of venue.
Flyer on the Wall
You Git Now, Vince
Soon Albuquerque’s burliest bluegrass band will lose its bass player, Vince Edgerton, to the northerly mecca of Denver. The Porter Draw will continue to perform, but on Saturday, Feb. 27, the bearded ladies gather together for a special final performance with Vince. Blackbird Buvette (509 Central NW) hosts at 10 p.m., and the show is free. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)