Country music has its own appeal

Kevin Wilson I don’t listen to country music. OK, that’s a lie. I have four country songs on my mp3 player, by four artists (guess one and I’ll owe you a Coke). Since my player’s got about 5,000 tracks, that’s a 99.93 percent truthful statement. I may joke every so often to my friends that […]

Monday morning briefing: A recital, a send-off and a windy day

Good morning and welcome to the Monday briefing. Music, music, music Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will host the Junior Voice Recital of Nicole Flores 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 at Buchanan. The event is free and open to the public. The recital will feature three exclusive arrangements of Italian art songs for voice […]

Will Banister talks music, career

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“Well, my shirt, it’s got some holes, and my boots have half their sole, but I’m wearing them anyway … and I’ve never been any other way than I am today.” The words come with the voice of Will Banister, 23, and they’re true for him. But his career as a country musician might not […]

Friday morning briefing: Music, all things Ag and Coke’s secret formula

Good morning and welcome to the Friday briefing. Music, music, music The Yam Music Series concert is 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Yam Theatre, Portales. It features Andy Mason and Don Thomas performing. Admission is $5 at the door. Ag Expo coming The 2012 New Mexico Ag Expo kicks off 9 a.m. Wednesday in the […]

My turn: Don’t wait until it’s too late

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My parents had soul. I was listening to good music from the moment I was in the womb. My father is a jazz musician and professor and I play alto sax and sing. So considering my appreciation for music, you can imagine how torn I was when I heard the news of Whitney Houston’s passing. […]

Friday morning briefing: Certified, all about trains and the day the music died

Good morning a welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Certified Curry County’s Chief Deputy Clerk Beni Dampier has earned her certificate as a New Mexico Certified Public Supervisor. Dampier says the program is a lengthy series of classes and study to help her be a better public servant as well as improve her […]

Wind facts

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Tonjia Rolan “Can you feel the rhythm of the wind in human memory? It is a music in the sky and in men’s souls.” Guy Murchie, “Song of the Sky”

Thursday morning briefing: Music, wine and a Toy Story

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Concert The Oak Ridge Boys Concert is 7 p.m. Friday at the Curry County Events Center. Tickets can be purchased at the Event Center or online at www.curryeventscenter.com. Information: 935-7000. Wine and music There is also a wine and jazz festival starting at 7 […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Country music and a midlife crisis solved.

Good morning, and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday morning briefing. Write-in day: Today is the only day for write-in candidates to declare their intention to seek office in March 6 municipal elections. Write-ins will not appear on the ballot, but they will receive credit for any votes they do receive on election day. […]

Friday morning briefing: A march, music and getting more juice

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Marching on The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative walk is 9 a.m. Monday and starts at Potter Park. Music, music, music The Yam Music Series is 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Yam Theatre, 219 S. Main St., Portales. Hiway 84 will be performing. […]

Friday morning briefing: Holiday safety, bluegrass music and about that ball

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Fair warning Be careful celebrating the New Year. Clovis police will be conducting DWI saturation patrols targeting drunk and impaired drivers somewhere in the city on Saturday night and Sunday morning. Most area establishments are participating in the Curry County Sheriff’s Designated Driver Program […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Music series, school’s out and Elvis gets notice

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Music, music, music The Yam Music Series featuring Andy Mason is 7 p.m. today at the Yam Theatre, 219 S. Main St., Portales. Admission is $5 at the door. School’s out A reminder that all Clovis public schools are closed for the holiday. Classes […]

Ticket feature: Events center to host Oak Ridge Boys

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Freedom New Mexico The Oak Ridge Boys, one of the most distinctive and legendary country music groups in the country, will be performing 7 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Curry County Events Center with doors opening at 6 p.m. Curry County Events Center Manager Kevin Jolley said he hopes to have tickets for sale online […]

Music series has slow start

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Alisa Boswell The Yam Music Series, started by the Portales MainStreet Program, has seen a decline in attendance since the first concert in September, according to MainStreet Manager Sandy Van Der Veen. “The first band had a big fan base and the second play a lot and the third doesn’t have a very big fan […]

Ticket feature: Brad Paisley to perform in Lubbock

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Freedom New Mexico Country music star Brad Paisley will be performing in Lubbock 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the United Spirit Arena with three-time Country Music Award winners The Band Perry and American Idol winner Scotty McCreery. Tickets will go on sale 10 a.m. Saturday and can be purchased at all Lubbock Select-a-Seat outlets, www.selectaseatlubbock.com […]

My turn: ENMU presents gift of music

Betty Williamson Friday evening Eastern New Mexico University presents its most beautiful annual gift to our community, wrapped in a treble clef and topped with a sleigh bell: The Holiday Concerts in the University Theater Center. In back-to-back free identical performances that begin at 6:30 and 8 p.m., choir director Jason Paulk and band director […]

ENMU briefs —

Steel band performance today Eastern New Mexico University will be hosting a steel band performance 7 p.m. today in the Buchanan Hall of the Music Building. The repertoire consists of calypso and other Caribbean styles along with jazz and pop influenced music. Information: 562-2377.

Tuesday morning briefing: A recital, meet the lawmakers and some old time music

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Recital set Eastern New Mexico University will host the junior recital of Franklin Piland at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Buchanan Hall of the Music Building in Portales. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 575-562-2377. Meet the lawmakers […]

Monday morning briefing: A call for gifts, sounds of steel and a mystery of the skies

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Gifts for kids The Lighthouse Mission needs donations for its annual Childrens Christmas Celebration. They need toys, apples, oranges, peanuts, canned soda and bags of individually wrapped candy. Donations can be dropped off at the mission, 407 La Casillas Blvd., between 8 a.m. and […]

Friday morning briefing: Food, music and a secret revealed

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Food drive The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico’s annual Canned Food Drive begins today in schools across Curry and Roosevelt counties and continues through Dec. 15. Non-perishables please. Music, music, music The Carpe Diem String Quartet is playing at 7 p.m. Tuesday at […]