Monday morning briefing: Homecoming, free music and fun with plastic

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Homecoming week Elida Municipal Schools celebrate Homecoming next week with Spirit Week and the coronation. Monday is Pajama Day; Tuesday is Fashion Disaster; Wednesday is Tossed Salad Day; and Thursday is Duct Tape Day and Way Out Games. Star in town County bass player […]

‘Wildfire’ singer Michael Martin Murphy headlines Fort Sumner event

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Courtesy photo Michael Martin Murphy will be performing at the Under the Stars New Mexico event 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3 at the Bosque Redondo Memorial in Fort Sumner. Freedom New Mexico Michael Martin Murphy, singer of hits such as “Wildfire” and “Carolina in the Pines,” and the Rio Grande Band will perform at the Under […]

Our people: Portales music teacher Eunice Schumpert wanted to be an opera singer as a child

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Music is a part of each of Eunice Schumpert’s days. Eunice Schumpert of Portales doesn’t remember a time in her life when she wasn’t singing and playing the piano. She is on the cusp of her 90th birthday and continues to be active as a piano and voice teacher. Schumpert […]

Nashville gospel group performing in Clovis

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Courtesy photo The Blackwood Legacy from Nashville will perform a free gospel concert Sunday at the First Church of God in Clovis. Freedom New Mexico The Blackwood Legacy will perform a free gospel concert in Clovis Sunday. Coming from Nashville, the Blackwood Legacy features worship musicians Luke and Jake Yates and Rick Price. Price is […]

Global warming activists need to cool down

Freedom New Mexico Fred Singer, a man perhaps as responsible

McGee: Where were you on 9/11?

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist Tuesday, 11 September 2001. Nine years. Hard to believe those attacks on our homeland were nine years ago. When I think of that day I often think of the Sept. 11 song by country singer Alan Jackson, “Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning?” Where were you when the […]

Ticket feature: ENMU alumnus, opera singer returning for homecoming

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Melendez Jared Tucker ENMU alumnus and acclaimed opera singer Manuel Melendez will be in Portales at this year’s homecoming festivities. Manuel Melendez will be attending a breakfast ceremony to celebrate the newly renovated music building at ENMU, and will honor Melendez’s high school and college instructor, George Umberson. [image#1, align=right, size=medium] Melendez graduated ENMU in […]

Dairy Fest to feature No.-1 hit country singer

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File photo The fourth annual Dairy Fest, complete with a Sammy Kershaw country concert, starts 5 p.m. Saturday at the Curry County Special Events Center. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico This year’s Dairy Fest is featuring a No. 1-hit country singer and, for the first time, a mechanical-bull, on top of cheeseburgers, dairy foods, […]

Portales woman killed in car crash

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Kacee Lovato, 20, a Portales High graduate and aspiring singer, died in an automobile accident early Thursday morning in Roosevelt County. Lovato graduated from Portales High School in 2006. She was a singer destined to go places, according to Bill Rice, a drummer who knew Lovato through the Floyd […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Jack Ingram featured in magazine

Country music singer Jack Ingram, husband of Clovis native Amy Hensley, was featured in the June 2008 issue of People magazine. The singer shared barbecue secrets and why the tradition is important to him, especially when he has been on the road touring his music. He is currently on tour with Martina McBride, according to […]

Misunderstood, or just trouble?

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist The clock radio woke me this morning, tuned to a local station, with the voice of the talented and troubled British singer, Amy Winehouse, rolling back and forth over a series of notes. This soul/pop/blues artist really is very gifted. I remembered that, recently, she was in the online headlines, […]

Era of soulful love songs fading away

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist One day, maybe 20 years ago, I ran into Eddie Levert. Eddie, a charter member of the legendary O’Jays, is one of the greats, a singer of thunderous power. Back then, his son Gerald was just starting out as a professional singer but already, people were remarking how much he […]

Reporter’s notebook: Singer chosen to represent state

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer ZANESSA DODD SAID SHE watched the mail daily anticipating the letter from the National FFA Chorus. The Melrose High School senior, who has been a member of the Melrose FFA chapter for six years, has been selected to sing in the 2006 National FFA Chorus Oct. 25-28 in Indianapolis. […]

Music best when it mirrors real life

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist Think authentic. Think about that which is real, not fake or overdone and overly constructed, think real not fake. My readers know (and if you’re new to this column, you may as well find it out) that I am not a music critic of any training. I sing like a […]

Country singer looks for wife with rolling billboard

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Clovis resident Ann Morrison stood Friday in the parking lot of S&S Supermarket, eyes trained on the blond man crooning from atop a tour bus. Country singer Brian Stace made a stop in Clovis to promote his new CD. The blue-eyed Wisconsin native is also seeking a wife. His […]

Reporter’s notebook: Local singer’s son fills in on national anthem

A familiar voice was missing from the last two Clovis football games as national anthem singer John Urban was recuperating from surgery for a brain hematoma. An Urban was still on the microphone, however, as his son Ken sang the anthem and did the announcing duties for the Clovis High band’s halftime show. John Urban […]

Earth to Michael Jackson: Wise up

By Leonard Pitts I was in Michael Jackson’s bedroom once. This was long enough ago that he still had brown skin and God’s intended nose. Contrary to the allegations that have surfaced in his child molestation trial, Jackson offered me neither “Jesus Juice” nor pornography. I remember only a rattan chair and shelves full of […]