Monk and Neagle to playing in Clovis

By Janet Bresenham: Freedom New Mexico Christian recording artists Monk and Neagle have toured all across the country with musicians such as Mercy Me and Bebo Norman. Now they’ve decided to play a little closer to home to kick off their first solo tour. Tonight, the singer-songwriters and longtime friends are bringing their guitars and […]

In tribute: Man played backup for Elvis

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clyde Norris loved music, and life was a never-ending song. Norris, a long-time musician and a Clovis business owner, died Feb. 20. Norris was born May 19, 1934, in Swenson, Texas, and moved with his mother and seven siblings to Lubbock. In Lubbock he came to know the two […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Musicians get nod for induction

Small, black vinyl records cover the walls of the Norman Petty Studios, a testament to the musicians who recorded at the Seventh Street studio under the tutelage of Petty. The Clovis music producer and several of the musicians he worked with in the 1950s will be inducted into the New Mexico Music Hall of Fame. […]

Clovis home to its fair share of good musicians

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian Clovis has been home to many good musicians. Here are some tidbits on Gus Nunez and a few more: “A lot of people in Clovis, all musicians, have told me that possibly the best guitar player around Clovis in the old days was Gus Nunez,” said Ken Tucker, a pretty […]

Spanish music pioneers will be remembered

By Ben Salazar: Guest columnist Clovis’ music community suffered two great losses last month with the passing of Noe Anzaldua and Jose “Adan” Mondragon. Both individuals through their respective talents and personalities were instrumental in developing what has become known throughout New Mexico and West Texas as the “Clovis sound” for Spanish music. Anzaldua began […]

Clovis music book continues after co-author’s death

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Back in 1997 my musician friend Larry Buchanan discovered that Waldo O’Neal, who moved to Clovis and is buried in the W. 7th cemetery, had written five songs which were recorded by the famous Blue Yodeler, Jimmie Rodgers. Larry and I decided to write a book on music made in and […]

Music fest trip back in time

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Sonny West co-wrote the rock ‘n’ roll classics “Oh Boy!” and “Rave On.” (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Melanie Salazar: Freedom Newspapers Buddy Holly fans know the 1959 plane crash that claimed the lives Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper inspired the rock ‘n’ roll classic, “The Day the Music Died.” And, though the […]

Orchestraaahh delights

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From left, Raymond Jenkins, Eileen MacNaughton and Lemuel Perry make up the first violin section of the Clovis Community Orchestra. They are practicing on Monday at First United Methodist Church for their Sunday performance. (Staff photo: Tova Fruc Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Clovis Community Orchestra members are on the lookout for string-instrument musicians, and […]

Local musicians hope to form community chamber orchestra

Helen Rodriguez Hoping to pull the right strings — or rather “pull in” the right strings — several local musicians are trying to organize a Clovis chamber orchestra. Area violin, viola, cello and bass players interested in being a part of the community sound are encouraged to attend an organizational meeting from 7-9 p.m. on […]