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Turning Red River Blue

Turning Red River Blue

  The Southwest Traditional and Bluegrass Music Association (better known as The Southwest Pickers) will be in the Red River spotlight as they bring their 43rd Southwest Pickers and Old Time Music Festival to town September 14-17, 2017. Stage shows are set for the Red River Ski & Summer Area and the Red River Community House. Among the featured acts scheduled to appear are Blue Highway – nominated for a 2017 GRAMMY Award for Best Bluegrass Album, the Soda Rock Ramblers, FY5, East Mountain Serenaders, the Badly Bent, Audrey Davis & John Archuleta and the Cody Sisters. Saturday will feature contests for fiddle, banjo, guitar and songwriting at the Community House. Saturday will feature workshops and jams. The Southwest Pickers involvement is the result of the growth of the Red River Bluegrass Festival, which began in 2013, and also the need for the Pickers to relocate their festival, which has been held in Santa Fe for 30 years. The Southwest Traditional and Bluegrass Music Association group, originally known as...

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Dulcimer Festival

Dulcimer Festival

  Come August 4-5, Red River will be swarming with dulcimer players coming to learn, listen, and have a good time playing music at the Red River Community House. Be prepared to see and hear the beauty of the sounds of the hammered and mountain dulcimers, as well as the dulcet tones of other acoustic instruments such as the autoharp, guitar, mandolin, banjo, and harp. While the hammered dulcimer is the forerunner of the piano and dates back to early Biblical times, the mountain dulcimer can be considered a traditional American instrument.  It was developed in the Appalachian Mountains, probably from the zither family. Performing and teaching will be David and Annette Lindsey, owners of David’s Dulcimers. David began making and playing the hammered dulcimer in 1978 along with Dana Hamilton, who will also be at the festival with his wife Judy.  Together these four formed the Sweet Song String Band and started the Lone Star State Dulcimer Festival in Glen Rose, TX in 1982.  Also performing and teaching...

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Just Get Lost in the Music

Just Get Lost in the Music

  You need to be in town August 16-19.  Larry Joe Taylor celebrates his 21st year of hosting LJT’s Hot Chili Days, Cool Mountain Nights and Cook-offs which this year include the CASI “Red River Red” cook-off, the New Mexico State Green Chile Championship, and the Lone Star BBQ Society cook-off. Past music headliners have included Guy Clark, Joe Ely, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Richard Leigh, Susan Gibson and the late Chuck Pyle, to name only a few!  With a slate of world-class songwriter/performers on the 2017 schedule, this celebration of cool mountain air and red hot music has grown to be the most anticipated event of summer! Since the mid-1970s, America’s best selling cowboy recording star has had a “thing” about performing in Red River.  Michael Martin Murphey will be in town for 16 shows at his Rocking 3M Amphitheater located by the lake at the former Bitter Creek Guest Ranch. In addition to performing the songs that have made him a top entertainer, he’s bringing his latest music...

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Songwriters’ Festival 2017

Songwriters’ Festival 2017

  The 6th Red River Songwriters’ Festival, set for January 26-28, is a great way to chase the cabin fever from the front door, or the back door, whichever you prefer. Held at The Lost Love Saloon, located in Texas Reds Restaurant, and the legendary Motherlode located next door on East Main Street, the 2017 bill includes Drew Kennedy, Susan Gibson, Kelley Mickwee, Brandy Zdan, Walt Wilkins, Josh Grider, Mike Addington, as well as special guests Slaid Cleaves, John Fullbright, Jamie Lin Wilson, and Michael Hearne. There will be informal jams, singles, duos and band shows – music will resound for the weekend. Tickets sales will be limited with an eye to keeping the show up close and personal, so get them soon while they last. They are on sale now online or you can call 1-800-91-LODGE. There are several pricing options: Tickets start at $40 for Thursday, $40 for Friday, $40 for Saturday, and $100 for a three-day pass which grants you entrance to all ticketed...

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Colin Brooks – Guitar Man

Colin Brooks – Guitar Man

  Red River’s connection to Texas music, Dallas and Austin in particular, has been well documented over the years. Ray Wylie Hubbard, Michael Martin Murphey, Steve Fromholz, Rusty Wier and the Original Cosmic Cowboy Bob Livingston paid dues in the mountains before becoming Lone Star music icons. That connection is still alive and well today. Colin Brooks heard about Red River from an Austin friend, Kelley Mickwee, and thought it sounded like his kind of place. He spent the summer of 2016 in Red River, working as a do-it-all kinda guy for Steve Heglund at Texas Reds and the Motherlode. He’s good with his hands and once built a house for himself. He also could be found many nights performing with Mike Addington in TRs Lost Love Saloon. It was music that brought him to Red River. He is well regarded as a singer/songwriter and blues-rock guitarist and dobro player. He enjoys Red River and will be the guy playing slide guitar at the Lost Love this winter. He...

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Fall Folk Festival

Fall Folk Festival

  The annual Aspencade Arts & Crafts Festival on September 23-25 has always featured live music as a part of the harvestfest spirit. This year it will again be paired with the 2nd Annual Red River Folk Festival in Brandenburg Park. Last year’s festival included singer/songwriter James McMurtry, Max Gomez, Shannon McNally, and hONEyhoUSe, the incredible female singing group that originated in Red River. They began in the Lost Love Saloon as a unique acoustic trio combining the talents of three very diverse and seasoned artists who make the ground shake! Consisting of award-winning R&B/Gospel soulstress Hillary Smith, earthy Blues/Folk singer-songwriter Yvonne Perea, and Red River’s own sweet-voiced Mandy Buchanan, they were honored with NM Music Awards in 2012, repeated again in 2015 when they garnered two awards, including Best Song of the Year in the Americana category. The Folkfest is the idea of Steve Heglund, Motherlode Saloon owner/operator and founder of the Hot Chili Days, Cool Mountain Night festival. Steve has lived and worked in Red River for...

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Let The Good Times Roll!

Let The Good Times Roll!

    You’ve heard of Mardi Gras, no doubt, and more and more places throughout the American West and Great Southwest are celebrating this unique and fascinating observance of food, fun and frivolity. It was Red River, however, who really got the Grand Ball rolling in 1992 when the celebration of life first made its way to the high country. Since that first fais do-do, the party grew into a 6-day festival with great Cajun and Zydeco music playing a major role in the fun. Hailing from Cecilia, Louisiana, Forest Huval and Bon Temps will be returning to the stages of Red River, bringing the sounds of their genuine Cajun culture to keep everybody dancing. Incidentally, the town of Cecilia is named after 2nd century Saint Cecilia who is the patroness of…...

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Summer Mountain Music

Summer Mountain Music

  Red River will see a summer filled with music of all varieties, description and genres. Be it Country, Blue Grass, Folk, the Blues and some Rock and Roll, keep your ears open for the sounds echoing through the valley. Syd Masters will be preforming all summer at Bobcat Pass Cowboy Evenings. Michael Martin Murphey will be in town for 19 dates at the Rocking 3M amphitheater at historic Bitter Creek Guest Ranch. The River & Brews Music Festival will be June 13 at the Red River Ski Area Gold Hill site and will be headlined by Ms. Claudette King “The Bluz Queen. The daughter of B.B. King, Ms. Claudette has her own brassy style which lead to her being awarded 2011/2012- New Blues Artist of the Year! Larry Joe Taylor’s 19th Annual “Hot Chili Days, Cool Mountain Nights” Music Festival & Cook-offs is set for August 12-15. The event is focused on songwriter/singers. The food is great, too. The Red River Community House will host music all summer,...

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Music at The Tip

Music at The Tip

  “Music on Top,” RRSA’s summer music series, has a full roster of great talent every Saturday beginning June 20 through August 8, 2015 from 11 am to 1 pm at The Tip Restaurant deck. Take the Platinum Chair Lift to the Tip Restaurant at an elevation of 10,350...

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Growing Up in the Music Biz

Growing Up in the Music Biz

  Though Jody Maphis calls Nashville, Tennessee, home, he has been a part of the Red River music scene since 1968. The son of country music stars Joe and Rose Lee Maphis, “Mr. and Mrs. Country Music,” Jody’s path has intertwined with the biggest names in the business. As a boy living in Bakersfield, California, he got his first guitar at the age of five but didn’t get interested in the instrument until he was 11-12. In the summertime he would travel with his parents, performing on shows. He says his interest grew when he first got paid to play! That first paying gig came at Cactus Pete’s in Jackpot, Nevada. ”When I got paid $100, I thought ‘This is for me. I can do this.’ I think I got it. I knew what I was gonna do and that was it!” Moving with his family to Nashville in 1968 – “Basically Mom and Dad were booked out of Nashville by the Lucky Moeller Talent Agency” – Jody says...

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It’s All Americana

It’s All Americana

  It’s six days filled with fun, food and frivolity and some of the hottest music your will ever hear! February 12-17 is the date of the 24th Mardi Gras in the Mountains which will feature Cajun and Zydeco music direct from the heart of Acadiana, plus rowdy Blues, Country, Folk, Rock & Roll, maybe some Jazz. You just never know what you might hear until you get here for Mardi Gras. Returning to Mountain Mardi Gras this year will be Cajun sensations Forest Huval & Bon Temps – that’s pronounced “Bon Ton” as in “Rouler.” Considered one of the finest exponents of both the authentic traditional sounds of Acadiana and the 21st century influence on the same music, Forest was a bandmate and, by some accounts, a protegé of the late Cajun fiddle genius Al Berard. In his early twenties, Forest has been exposed to the Louisiana music scene since he was a teen and his playing reflects the styles of countless legends of Cajun music whose notes...

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It Begins With A Song

It Begins With A Song

  One of the highlights of winter season 2015 will be the presence of top-notch entertainment at a variety of venues throughout town. The coldest month of the year will see the valley heat up with great music. It’s the 4th Ever Red River Songwriters’ Festival set for January 22-24 in Red River, spotlighting some of the finest songwriter/singers on Planet Earth and throughout the Solar System! This year’s featured performers include Jeff Hanna, Matraca Berg, Lori McKenna, Walt Wilkins, Susan Gibson, Brandy Zahn, Drew Kennedy, Kelly Mickwee (above), Josh Grider, Jason Eady and Mike Addington. The event is the brainchild of Albuquerque native Steve Heglund, owner of Texas Reds Steakhouse, the Lost Love Saloon and the legendary Motherlode and also the founder of Hot Chili Days/Cool Mountain Nights Festival in...

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‘Tis the Season for Music

‘Tis the Season for Music

  Our little mountain town will be packed with thousands of revelers who come to Northern New Mexico to enjoy excellent live music, great recreational winter fun, delightful holiday food, and, above all, the special spirit of a grand, small-town Christmas at its finest in Red River USA! The Memphis Dawls trio will bring their dynamic brand of folk music to the Lost Love Saloon in Texas Reds on December 27 through the 29th. Showtime will be 6:30 pm. Billed as “Taos County, New Mexico’s favorite Redneck Rock Band,” Reckless will bring its own blend of Country, Country Rock, Classic Rock and Southern Rock, to the Bull O’ The Woods on Saturday, December 27, beginning at 9:00 pm. Red River’s favorite cowboy singer Michael Martin Murphey will perform two concerts, the first on December 27, 8:30 pm, and a second show on December 29, 8:30 pm at the Motherlode Saloon. Seating is limited, so call 575-754-6280 now or visit www.texasredssteakhouse.com for reservations and tickets. Fritz Davis and Friends will...

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New Venue For River & Brews

New Venue For River & Brews

  The 6th edition of the Red River River & Brews Blues Festival is set for June 6-7, at its new location at the Red River Ski Area Chalet. Fun begins Friday night, June 6, with an Open Mic Night at the Motherlode Saloon. Saturday morning gates open at 10:00 am at the Red River Ski Area Chalet. Admission’s only $15. Scheduled to appear are Philip John Brooks, The Johnny Reverb Band, John Carey Blues Band, The Damn Band, The Pleasure Pilots. Headlining the show will be The Pleasure Pilots, a 6-piece group of veteran New Mexico musicians with a long list of Blues credentials, working with the likes of T-Bone Walker, Albert King, Guitar Shorty and Fats Domino. With a three-piece horn section, their specialty is vintage dance band rhythm and blues, but don’t be surprised when shades of Motown arrive to delight listeners as well as dancers. John Cary is no stranger to the Taos music scene, making regular appearances for years and his style of blues...

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MMM Show to Return

MMM Show to Return

  Michael Martin Murphey’s Rockin’ 3M Chuck Wagon Show will return in 2014 for 16 shows at the beautiful Rockin’ 3M Amphitheater located up Bitter Creek Road. MMM will perform his great hits and cowboy songs, and there’s a BBQ dinner in a grand setting beside the...

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Music at Community House

Music at Community House

  This will be a great summer for music at the Red River Community House. They will conduct their Music in the Mountains Concert Series featuring country, rock n’ roll, bluegrass, gospel, folk, southwestern, and cowboy music, Jammin’ On the Porch, the Dulcimer Festival on August 2, the Red River Bluegrass Days on September 11-14, and the popular Country Dance lessons that are a RRCH...

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The Red River Music Scene

The Red River Music Scene

  Sometimes you can feel the music as it travels through the The Valley, like the river current carries the sound of the wind through its channel. Sometimes the music is organic, just the simple sound of an acoustic guitar or a mandolin coming from the front porch of the Community House. Other times it may be an electrifying growl pulsing through the windows of a legendary Red River saloon, a sound designed to make boots and dance shoes skip energetically across a well-worn wooden dance floor. The music of Red River can be heard in many forms and at a variety of places throughout town and even on the top of Bobcat Pass or The Tip Restaurant. From the the confines of the giant Big Top tent “down by the riverside” during the Church of Christ Family Encampment in June to the huge covered stage at Brandenburg Park during Larry Joe Taylor’s annual Music Festival and Cook-offs, the strains of music will play a vigorous part in enriching...

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Black Diamond Grill

Black Diamond Grill

  The Black Diamond Grill is one of the newest restaurants in town to offer musical entertainment. Located in the Black Mountain Playhouse complex on Pioneer Road – the road that leads to the Red River Ski Area – it features acoustic music, mostly on weekends. The restaurant which specializes in BBQ sanwiches, burgers, beers and soft drinks is adjacent to the Playhouse, which offers a variety of game machines, pool tables, roller skating and miniature golf, a genuine arcade designed for all...

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Bull o’ the Woods Saloon

Bull o’ the Woods Saloon

  The Bull O’ The Woods is open seven days a week and has been offering live entertainment and high country fun since it was built in the 1940s. Today it has a variety of live music on weekends, holidays and special occasions. (It is the spiritual home of the Highway 38 Hounddogs.) In addition to a full, well-stocked bar. it serves a great menu of burgers and sandwiches, as well as seafood specials. There are pool tables and a vintage shuffleboard table that has been a tourist favorite for over 50...

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