Air guitar filled with purple haze

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor I realized lying awake one morning about 4:30 that I played the air guitar left-handed. Or maybe not. Since I couldn’t sleep I was thinking about column ideas and I recalled a story on handedness and how science was trying to figure out what makes you right- or left-handed. […]

Holly bandmate is back

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Tommy Allsup’s hands slid up and down the fret board of his guitar with a fluid grace, his fingers plucking at the strings. A smile played across his face as if he knew a secret. Matching the acoustic notes of Allsup’s guitar, Scott Porter’s raw voice filled the room, singing […]

June 15, 1975

• Portales couple Andrew and Connie Sisneros and their 12 year-old son Andrew Jr, recorded an album of Spiritual Music with the St. Helen’s guitar choir. • Portales High School Future Farmers of America members Max Kennedy and Danny Rowland attended an electric camp sponsored by Southwestern Public Service. The camp was held on the […]

“… Working on dreams in the streets of Portales …”

By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers At a time in his life when people around him were moving on from college and graduation was sneaking up on him, singer and songwriter Andy Mason wrote what would eventually become Portales’ theme song. During one night in May of 2003, Mason took his guitar over to a friend’s […]

Mason finds joy in daughter, music

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What do you think of Portales? “There’s a lot to like about Portales: No traffic, amazing summer nights, more culture (because of the University) than your average small New Mexico town, low crime, the weather in April and October is a perfect 75 during the day and 50 at night.” What do you visualize your […]

April 6 Floyd News

By Jennifer Essary Transitions Anniversaries: Panny and Polly Bigler. Upcoming events • Seniors meet Thursday night for games and friendship. • There will be a fire meeting Thursday night at 7 p.m. • School Board will meet Monday at 7 p.m. in the main office. • City Council will meet Tuesday in the Community Building […]

Dad: Here’s to unfinished milk, melodies

By Helena Rodriguez As a child, nothing was more comforting than hearing the thumping of Dad’s boots in the wee hours of the morning, reassuring me he was home safe from another music gig. Even as an adult, I would wait for that familiar thumping in the night when I stayed with my parents. Only […]

Talent, tunes at jamboree

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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 Saturday night at the Floyd Lions Club 54th Annual Country Jamboree. Gathered at Floyd High School’s old gymnasium, the audience heard songs written by Johnny […]

Floyd mixes music with memories

Tony Parra Jim Hill was part of the Floyd Country Jamboree family. The Portales resident spent many years singing a wide-variety of harmony music and strumming his guitar for music lovers. But this year Hill was not present, at least not physically. The music “legend” died of cancer in October. He was 72. Organizers, friends […]