Saturday, May 8, 2010: Shaun Cromwell

Shaun Cromwell
A singer/writer of eclectic roots-inspired songs, Shaun uses his guitar, banjo, and voice to weave tales of intrigue and epics of sorrow. Drawing heavily from the pantheon of American roots traditions, he infuses the music with contemporary influences such as Bill Frisell, Lowell George & Tom Waits.

“At the 2008 Folk Alliance Region West Conference, I overheard someone say… “Who needs three guitarists when you’ve got Shaun Cromwell”. And oh that voice! Metaphorically speaking… if there is an original first seed from which Roots Music blossomed, it currently resides in the heart, mind, soul, fingers and voice of the rhythmically intuitive world of Shaun Cromwell. To watch and hear him play is to view a Medium absorbed in the trance of conjuring the melodic essence of Mississipi John Hurt, Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal to name a few. Cromwell delivers music with the Titan passion Prometheus reserved for fire!”
-Henry Hallett: Host ‘Simple Folk’ KXCI 91.3 FM, Tucson

I got to see Shaun live for the first time at the 2009 Folk Alliance Region West Conference – I can attest to everything Henry says. Shaun’s musical prowess is spectacular, with a mix of traditional and original songs. Please come join us for an evening of guitar fireworks. You will be amazed.

http://www.shauncromwell.com
http://www.myspace.com/shauncromwell

Suggested artist donation $15

Music starts at 7:00 p.m. Socializing and potluck from 6:00 p.m.

Light refreshments provided, potluck wine and refreshments to share are encouraged. For more information, please contact Lee at 575-522-5197 or by e-mail at houseconcerts (at) comcast.net.

Saturday, January 30: Steve Smith and Chris Sanders Duo – CD Release Party

Steve Smith and Chris Sanders
Steve Smith and Chris Sanders

Steve Smith (mandolin, vocals, guitar) and Chris Sanders (guitar, vocals) have been performing together for five years as a duo and in the Las Cruces based group Steve Smith and Hard Road. Their award winning song writing has landed them both best gospel and best instrumental at the New Mexico Music awards in 2006. They’ve continued to compose and perform together and their latest Hard Road CD “Only So Fast” includes ten originals (review in New Mexico Magazine July 2008) and features their strong duo blend that ranges from Old-time to modern along with stellar mandolin.

http://www.desertnight.com/steve-smith-and-chris-sanders.html

http://www.myspace.com/stevesmithmando

http://www.myspace.com/hardroadband

Suggested artist donation $15

Music starts at 7:00 p.m. Socializing from 6:00 p.m.

Light refreshments provided, BYO wine and/or potluck refreshments to share are welcome.

For more information, please contact Lee at 575-522-5197 or by e-mail at houseconcerts (at) comcast.net.

Saturday, December 19, 2009 Stephanie Bettman

Stephanie Bettman and Luke Halpin
Stephanie Bettman and Luke Halpin

Stephanie Bettman is a triple threat. An accomplished writer, she infuses her music with wit and wisdom, exploring the many facets of the human heart. Stephanie’s songs are sometimes sad, sometimes sassy, but always stunning. As a vocalist, she moves effortlessly from her up-tempo bluegrass originals (featuring her fiery fiddling), to a soothing honey-sweet ballad, to a rousing passionate anthem. While her first-rate fiddling combines elements of bluegrass and jazz, in her essence there is tribute to such masters as Stephane Grappelli, Byron Berline, and Johnny Gimble. One thing’s for sure, if Stephanie Bettman is on the bill, you are in for an unforgettable performance that will have you hooked from the first fiddle line to the last sweet harmony.

Touring with Stephanie is multi-instrumentalist Luke Halpin, who is equally adept on mandolin, fiddle and guitar. Inspired by the likes of Sam Bush, Tony Rice, and Mark O’Conner, Luke’s perfectly blended harmonies and his instrumental expertise together with Stephanie’s artistry and performance make for a dynamic experience audiences are discovering from coast to coast.

If you heard them in June, 2009 at Turtle Mountain House Concerts, you already know all of this. So mark your calendar and come join us. If you haven’t heard Stephanie and Luke, you are in for a remarkable treat.

http://stephaniebettman.com

http://www.myspace.com/stephaniebettman

Suggested artist donation $15

Music starts at 7:00 p.m. Socializing from 6:00 p.m.

Light refreshments provided, BYO wine and/or potluck refreshments to share are welcome.

For more information, please contact Lee at 575-522-5197 or by e-mail at houseconcerts (at) comcast.net.

Sunday Afternoon, October 11, 2009 The Achy Birds

Liz and Brianna Playing
Liz and Brianna Playing

Liz Stahler and Brianna Lane met as many songwriters do, over a micro-brew and a cheeseburger at a club in some American city, guitars by their sides, calloused fingers and sore voices. After bonding over tour-stories and a love for songwriting these two decided to join forces for a Boston to Austin Tour celebrating their new releases. Now they are out on the road again, touring in the western US.

Brianna Lane is a sweet-voiced alterna-folkie who grew up in Minnesota, once found a home in the mountains of North Carolina, but who is truly a restless old soul. You can blame her sweetness on her roots but she has been on the road non-stop for several years so you can hear her experiences in every note she sings. “Lane’s songs are beautiful and cathartic, almost telling us that it’s OK to feel down, but not to let it get us down at the same time.” (Mish-Mash Reviews)

Liz Stahler is raw, real and undeniably talented. Her voice is mesmerizing, and truly unique. Her songs are memorable and beautifully crafted. Stahler was one of 6 winners in the John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship contest for her song “Not That Easy” which has since appeared on network TV.

http://www.myspace.com/lizandbrianna
http://www.briannalanemusic.com/
http://www.myspace.com/briannalane
http://www.lizstahler.com/
http://www.myspace.com/lizstahler

Suggested artist donation $15

NOTE: This is an afternoon show!!!!
Music starts at 3:00 p.m. Socializing from 2:00 p.m.

Light refreshments provided, BYO wine and/or potluck refreshments to share are welcome.

For more information, please contact Lee at 575-522-5197 or by e-mail at houseconcerts (at) comcast.net.

Friday, July 31, 2009 Dorian Michael House Concert

Dorian Michael
Dorian Michael
Dorian Michael started playing guitar as a seven-year old in Los Angeles just as folk music was about to have a renaissance of sorts and earthy acoustic music was his first guitar experience. He has been a working guitarist for four decades and in that time has played plenty of blues and folk, jazz and rock and roll. There has always been a huge variety of playing experience from smokey honky-tonks to theater orchestra pits. At some point along the way he started playing a few solo fingerstyle instrumentals, made a cd and decided he needed to hit the road and see if he could sell all those cds he had. Three solo cds and four ensemble cds later Dorian is still playing throughout the States and Canada. He calls his solo music “contemporary traditional”; original music that reflects his interest in a number of styles of music. These influences come through in his original material, but it is a contemporary music that grows from, rather than mimics, those influences. When he plays someone else’s music or a traditional piece he always manages to add a few surprises. Says Dorian, “Some music makes you feel, some makes you think and some music is just for the fun of it. I try to get to all those places in the space of a performance.”

“This is an impressive collection of 12 solo guitar pieces composed and nimbly performed by guitarist Dorian Michael, whose writing and playing has obviously been influenced by guitarists like Leo Kottke and John Fahey. His fingerpicking style sharply defines the tunes, and his melodies show a wide range of influences. An engaging and entertaining recording.” -Dirty Linen Magazine

http://www.dorianmichael.com

Suggested artist donation $15

Music starts at 7:00 p.m. Socializing from 6:00 p.m.

Please feel free to bring wine and potluck food to share.

For more information, please contact Lee at 575-522-5197 or by e-mail at houseconcerts (at) comcast.net.


Saturday, April 11, 2009: Karen Mal

Karen Mal
Karen Mal

Words are inadequate to describe the beauty and character of Karen Mal’s voice. I listened to her music online and fell in love with her voice and songs. Based on that, we scheduled this house concert some months ago. In February, 2009, I finally got to hear Karen in person at the Folk Alliance conference in Memphis, TN. While the songs and videos online give a taste for Karen’s music and performance, they are nowhere near the experience of hearing Karen live. Now you have that chance. I hope you will join us for a lovely evening of music.

Karen Mal website

Karen Mal MySpace

Chicago Acoustic Underground Podcast with Karen Mal

Karen Mal YouTube Videos

Suggested artist donation $15

Music starts at 7:00 p.m. Socializing from 6:00 p.m.

Light refreshments provided, guests are welcome to bring wine or refreshments to share.

Attendance is by invitation only. For more information, please contact Lee at 575-522-5197 or by e-mail at houseconcerts (at) comcast.net.

Saturday, March 14, 2009: John Batdorf

 

John Batdorf
John Batdorf

 

Las Alturas House Concerts is proud to host John Batdorf.John’s uniquely passionate vocals and guitar playing landed him his first major record deal back in the 70s with Atlantic Records, and he’s continued to develop and grow as an artist to this day. As the song writing and lead vocal half of Batdorf and Rodney, John began honing his craft and developing his own style back in the early 70s. After the breakup with Rodney, John did an album with a group called Silver and toured the country promoting their album at venues with the likes of America, Doobie Brothers, Poco and Hall and Oats. Fans devoted to his sound recognized Johns voice on several radio and television projects in the 80s when he worked as a top LA studio session singer. When he wasnt touring with bands, or producing music for a variety of clients, he never stopped writing songs. In the early 90s he partnered with fellow songwriter Michael McLean and released a handful of albums that captured a personal resonance John found with his universal songs of hope and inspiration. Its as if with each stage in his artistic journey, he developed a greater understanding of the power music to impact our daily lives. Never one to stagnate creatively, John expanded his artistic palette from acoustic driven pop/rock to story driven melodies. From 1996 to 2002 he worked as a TV composer for the hit series Touched by an Angel and Promised Land. Now into the second half of the new millennium, John has recorded a new CD with James Lee Stanley “All Wood And Stones” (a highly original take on early Rolling Stones songs, done acoustically with tight harmonies) along with his first solo EP, “Side One.” His first full length solo CD, Home Again is an acoustic guitar and vocal enthusiasts dream come true! John’s latest CD, “Still Burnin'” teams him up again with Mark Rodney. The duo recorded a live show at XM Studios in Washington D.C. revisiting many of their great songs from the 70s. Also John and Mark have recorded two brand new songs in LA that are also included in the package. This marks the first new Batdorf and Rodney recordings since 1975!

John Batdorf’s MySpace Page 

John Batdorf Website

John Batdorf allmusic.com Profile

Suggested artist donation $15

Music starts at 7:00 p.m. 

Light refreshments provided, guests are welcome to bring wine or refreshments to share. 

Attendance is by invitation only. For more information, please contact Lee at 575-522-5197 or by e-mail at houseconcerts (at) comcast.net.

November 28, 2007: David Allen Wehr: “Musical Pictures”

The El Paso Pro-Musica presents pianist David Allen Wehr performing a program of “Musical Pictures,” programmatic pieces intended to evoke a scene or other impression in the listener beyond the sonic qualities of the music.

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David Allen Wehr is one of those great talents who play circles around most of their contemporaries. Few pianists have so consistently produced such exemplary, idiomatic, intellectually rigorous and emotionally generous music. He is an uncommonly free, expressive player whose huge but unobtrusive technical apparatus never draws attention to itself but is put squarely in the service of musical values. He is more than a pianist’s pianist; he is a musician’s musician.”
~ American Record Guide


Where: St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 225 West Griggs, Las Cruces, NM

When: 7:30 p.m. MST, November 28, 2007

Tickets: $20 online or by phone: 915-833-9400 or at the door.

Program:


“Musical Pictures”

Charles Tomlinson Griffes (1884-1920)
The White Peacock, from “Roman Sketches”, op. 7

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Estampes (Engravings)
Pagodas
Evening in Granada
Gardens in the Rain

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)
Three Nocturnes
B-Flat Minor, op. 9, no. 1
F-Sharp Major, op. 15, no. 2
E Minor, op. 72, no. 1

Polonaise in A-Flat Major, op. 53 (Heroic)

Joe Utterback (b. 1944)
Candlelight Blues, from “Jazz Bagatelles”
Deep River, from “Three Spirituals in Jazz Style”
Dr. Joe’s Long-fingered Ragtime Special

Intermission

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881)
Pictures at an Exhibition
Promenade
Gnomus
The Old Castle
Children’s Quarreling at Play (Tuileries)
Bydlo
Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks
Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle
The Market Square
Catacombs
The Hut on Hen’s Legs (Baba-Yaga)
The Great Gate of Kiev

Sponsored by El Paso Disposal

Artists and programs subject to change without prior notice