Musician’s fame didn’t eclipse Spanish heritage

By Freedom Newspapers David Letterman once called his one of the greatest voices in all of music. Baldemar Huerta, known worldwide as Freddy Fender, rose from the humble beginnings of a migrant worker to the summit of fame in the mainstream music industry — and he did it three times. And although he changed his […]

Dixie Chicks remind us of right to dissent

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist It began in a manner innocent enough. I was finally to the last stage of the bathroom painting project, which is a piece of the entire bathroom redecorating project, and was listening to one of my Father’s Day presents on the CD boombox player. This present, the new Dixie Chicks […]

Music helps set everyday mood

By Courtni Jennings: Guest columnist Music is a huge part of my life. Every single day I listen to music or sing. I am in Ambassador Choir and so I listen to and sing those songs quite often. Life is better with music. It just would not be exciting without it. In my free time […]

Musical parenting something to pass on

By Grant McGee: Local columnist I’m wondering what young parents these days are singing to their kids, if they’re singing anything at all. My mind flashes forward to 2075. An old guy will be sitting in a Clovis nursing home remembering, “Yeah, I can still hear my momma singin’ in the kitchen ‘Just A Lil […]

Christmas tunes yield tales of 1950s studio

By Don McAlavy: Curry County historian The story is told that a New Mexico blizzard made its appearance during the two days (actually nights) when two songs by Jimmy Self were recorded by Norman Petty. It was said that the recording studio was so cold the musicians had to wear coats during the sessions. Perhaps […]

Thank God Christians sing the same hymns — mostly

Curtis K. Shelburne It was none other than the venerable Charles Wesley, writer of hundreds of grand hymns, who in the introduction to one of his hymnals pronounced stern words against anyone who would mess with the words (and thus the theology, not to mention the beauty) of his hymns. He had little use for […]

Country church hearkens to simpler times

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist I have vivid childhood memories of the little country church in Arkansas that my parents knew well. When we attended there as a family, it was as if we stepped into a past era, and this little country church was not changed by the world and its changes. We were […]

Haggard draws songs from life experiences

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Merle Haggard, who has recorded 38 No. 1 songs, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994. (KRT photo) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer He claims he’s just a common man. But yet he is revered as a musical legend by many across the globe. Merle Haggard is not just an […]

MP3s won’t be death of music industry

By Kevin Wilson: Guest Columnist And so the conversation went on my phone one evening, as I spoke with a friend I hadn’t talked to for about two months. “So,” she queried, “do you have a girlfriend right now?” I answered, “No, I have something better.” “Fiancee?” she blurted out, with a combination of happiness […]

Willie Nelson coming to ENMU

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University officials confirmed Tuesday country music legend Willie Nelson will appear in concert May 11 in the ballroom of the Campus Union Building. Tickets will be go on sale starting Thursday for ENMU students and staff and Saturday for the general public. School officials are […]

Singing for America

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Billy Sparks, right, poses for a picture with Jay Leno. Sparks said working in politics and entertainment gives him the opportunity to meet all kinds of interesting and famous people. (Courtesy photo) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer His name is familiar. But many New Mexico residents know Billy Sparks as the governor’s press guru, […]

Songs from the heart

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Ten years ago — after singing backup for k.d. lang, the Gyspy Kings, Iggy Pop and others — Perla Batalla said she left the music industry because she was frustrated. The record companies were pushing her toward pop music and away from the part of her identity she wanted […]

Older, wiser, but still on fire

By Julia Keller: Chicago Tribune Female rockers blaze new trails on the route to creative freedom. It works like this: When you’re young, you dream big dreams. Wild dreams. Outrageous dreams. Then you grow up, get married, make a family. Along the way, you wad up the dream like a tie-dyed T-shirt – the kind […]

Down-home country jamboree comes to entertain young, old

Fred Chandler of Farwell, a veteran of the annual Floyd Country Jamboree, plays the violin Saturday, alongside other area musicians. Freedom Newspapers: Lisa Sonnenschein. By Michelle Seeber FLOYD — More than 500 people — a full house of young and old — heard some 40 soloists sing songs, play guitars and show off their talent […]

Music a part of the family

Weldon Killough A huge part of my life is and has been music. From a young age, my earliest memories are associated with music that revolved around southern gospel songs in church and family reunions, as well as traditional country music. Early on my dad was my major influence concerning music. We always went to […]

Singing songs for literacy

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis will soon play host for the second straight year to the African Children’s Choir, a group of 26 children from various African countries and eight adult hosts who travel the United States and support a ministry that educates African orphans. This year’s presentation will be at 7 p.m. on Feb. […]

If you see me singing, don’t be surprised

Judy Brandon: Local columnist I meditate at times on the sovereign power of God and the depth of his love. I stand amazed that he loves me. Before I doubt my faith, I realize that I am not alone; these thoughts have been the thoughts of many throughout the ages. One of Job’s friends reminded […]

Auditions for the Floyd Jamboree set

CNJ Staff Report The 54th Annual Floyd Lions Club Jamboree will hold auditions at 1 p.m. on Jan. 25 at the Floyd Community Building. These are auditions, not training sessions, Lions Club officials say. Each group or solo artist should have two traditional country/western or gospel songs to audition with. The Lions Club will also […]

Cash remembered

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked participants for memories of music legend Johnny Cash, who died Sept. 12. Some responses: “This has not been a good year for American heroes. In July we paid our final tributes to Bob Hope, without challenge, the most patriotic entertainer in our country’s long and distinguished history. “Now, […]

Jeremy Camp’s songs come to Clovis

By Gary Mitchell With lyrics and music born out of the death of a loved one, up-and-coming Christian musical artist Jeremy Camp has been touching the hearts of music audiences around the nation. The 25-year-old singer/composer will perform in concert at 7:30 tonight at Central Baptist Church, 2501 N. Norris St., in Clovis. Admission to […]