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Santa Fe Blues fete returns 10/12. Plus shows with Kris Delmhorst & Jeffrey Foucault, Birds of Chicago, Ian Moore, and an American Music icon's final tour.

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An evening of lowdown, hardcore, gritty blues with 
Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7:00
Music Room at Garrett's Desert Inn 
311 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe
$25 advance, $28 door. 

CEDRIC BURNSIDE is the ultimate "ambassador" of North Mississippi Hill Country blues, a form New York Times critic Robert Palmer called a churning, one-chord exercise in mass hypnosis. Cedric first came to fame as a teeneger in his grandfather's (the late great blues legend R.L. Burnside) band. As one-third of the Burnside sound, he developed a reputation for banging the drums very very hard--combining brute power with an innate sense of Hill Country rhythm. After his grandfather's death, Cedric added singing and guitar playing to his arsenal, most notably as half of Two Man Wrecking Crew, for which he won "drummer of the year" at the 2009 Blues Music Awards. Now he's heading his own band, based as always in the deep-blues tradition. 

JIMMY "DUCK" HOLMES runs the Blue Front juke joint in Bentonia, one of the oldest in Mississippi. A practitioner of the Bentonia style, the music is characterized by strange tunings, dark themes often sung in falsetto, and an eerie overall quality. Born to sharecroppers in 1947, Duck founded the Bentonia Blues Festival and works as an educator. Alan Lomax recorded him in the '70s. His 2006 debut disc, Back to Bentonia, garnered several Living Blues Awards and put him in front of huge audiences at the Chicago Blues Festival, among others. His 2007 sophomore effort was nominated for a Blues Music Award for Acoustic Album of the Year, and National Public Radio listed it as one of the year's top-10 blues albums.
This is the third installment of Santa Fe's popular blues fete.

Presented in partnership with Santa Fe Performance Exchange.

a full-tilt alt-folk revival with
SANTA FE: Monday, October 28 at 7:30
The Music Room at Garrett's Desert Inn
311 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe
$22 advance, $25 door.
CORRALES: Tuesday, October 29 at 7:30
Old Church at Corrales
966 Old Church Road, Corrales, NM 
$22 General Admission
Ticket info for Corrales available soon...

Jeremy Lindsay and Allison Russell have emerged as two of the most compelling new voices in American roots music. For several years Russell and Lindsay's respective bands, Po' Girl and JT and the Clouds, have collaborated extensively, so Birds of Chicago-a blend of mountain gospel, street corner doo-wop, and classic soul-is a very natural progression. Lindsay's fractured country-soul voice wrapped in Russell's silver and gold tones is a fine thing. Accompanied by just a banjo and a guitar, it's chilling. Fired by a full band, as it is on this run, it's a full tilt revival.


The Santa Fe show is presented in partnership with Santa Fe Performance Exchange. Big thanks to Rick & Gail Thaler for their support in Corrales.
folk duo
Sunday, October 20 at 7:30 
GiG Performance Space
1808 Second Street, Santa Fe
$20 advance, $25 door.


Massachusetts-based Jeffrey Foucault has spent the last decade mining the darker seams of country and blues, producing a string of spare and poetic albums of rare power while garnering accolades internationally for a tersely elegant brand of songwriting set apart by its throaty delivery, haunting imagery, and weather-beaten cool. He lives in Western. In addition to his solo career, Foucault also plays in the sextet Cold Satellite and the trio Redbird, which also includes Kris Delmhorst and Peter Mulvey.


One of the most distinctive voices in American music, Kris Delmhorst has built a loyal grassroots following. The same independence of spirit that led the singer-songwriter to work on subsistence farms, cook on a schooner off the coast of Maine, and hitchhike the back roads of Ireland with a fiddle on her back is evident in the arc of her musical evolution: a willingness to work on her own terms and her own time. Along the way she's parlayed a decade of successful cross country and trans-Atlantic touring and collaborations into an impressive, critically acclaimed body of work.

Presented in partnership with Santa Fe Performance Exchange.

a special acoustic performance with guitar virtuoso

David Berkeley opens the show
Thursday, December 12 at 7:30 
The Lodge at Santa Fe,

750 N. St. Francis Dr., Santa Fe

$25 advance, $29 door. 

"Moore has created a brand of challenging yet highly melodic new-millennium pop-rock that establishes him as an audacious songwriter and player. He has struck that rare balance between astute complexity and utter pop appeal." 

-All Music Guide


Ian Moore's blues-centered rock guitar prowess took 1990s Austin scene by storm. A teenage guitar prodigy, he quickly evolved into an adult virtuoso whose nuanced chops led to a stint as Joe Ely's lead guitar player, opening slots for The Stones and ZZ Top, and a long string of critically acclaimed releases that have positioned him as one of the most diverse and soulful singer-songwriters in America. Recently, Moore has been on tour with Jason Mraz. Moore's show at The Lodge will be a rare opportunity to see him hunker down and focus on the acoustic soul of his songs in an intimate venue. 


Santa Fe-based singer-songwriter David Berkeley will open the show.


the final tour by American music icon

Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 7:30 
Lensic Theater, 211 W. San Francisco, Santa Fe

Join us for the final farewell tour by the undisputed elder statesman of Appalachian music and a giant in the bluegrass world. Now 86 and still in superb voice, Ralph Stanley's high-lonesome, mournful tenor is often hailed as the greatest, most soulful voice ever to emerge from Appalachia, whether singing his signature "Man Of Constant Sorrow," his definitive, haunting a cappella version of "Oh Death," or any of the classic tunes he created as half of The Stanley Brothers. The singer/banjo player came to fame playing with his older brother Carter as half of the iconic Stanley Brothers, and later as leader of the Clinch Mountain Boys. One of the most prolific recording artists in history, over the course of seven decades he has performed on more than 170 bluegrass, country, and gospel records, won three Grammy awards, and received the prestigious National Medal of Arts. His was the distinctive sound behind the seven-million-selling O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. For his final tour, Stanley will be gracing the finest stages throughout the world. We at Southwest Roots Music are happy that the Lensic is among them, and we are proud to have worked with this great American music icon for many years. 

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Rick & Gail Thaler, 98.1 Radio Free Santa Fe, Hotel Santa Fe, McCune Charitable Foundation, County of Santa Fe Lodger's Tax, City of Santa Fe Lodger's Tax, New Mexico Arts--a division of the Dept. of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Santa Fe Arts Commission.