Saturday, August 20, 2011: Jan Seides

Jan Seides

Jan Seides (pronounced Sigh-deez) has won major awards in regional to national songwriting competitions. Her songs combine down-home honesty with up-town sophistication, and have been described as Nanci Griffith meets Broadway.  Jan holds a Music degree from University of Texas. Her unique musical background includes a degree from University of Texas, School of Music. There she studied piano and composition, exploring folk, classical, jazz, pop, rock and country. She is a spellbinding storyteller in both word and song.

Saturday, August 20, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Music starts at 7:00 p.m. Socializing from 6:00 p.m.
Please bring potluck food and wine to share.
Please RSVP to Lee at
or by phone: 575-522-5197
Suggested artist donation $15

Saturday, July 16, 2011: C. Daniel Boling

C. Daniel Boling

Daniel Boling is a folksinger/songwriter with a storyteller’s eye for detail. His songs are inhabited by interesting characters drawn from Daniel’s life, family and friends: the vagabond running off with a tiny circus to tour the West; an aging Viet Nam veteran looking back with surprise at his departed youth; a young rancher inheriting his grandfather’s now worn out rangeland and hoping he can hold on and live up to the family legacy; a passenger on Flight 93 calling his wife to say goodbye and some with humor, like winners of the Darwin award. His finger-picked guitar and banjitar support a good, clear tenor voice that evokes his characters’ emotions perfectly.

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 and an invitation, please contact Lee at 575-522-5197 or by e-mail at lasalturashouseconcerts (at)

Saturday, April 30, 2011 Beth Wood

Beth Wood
It’s taken a while to make the stars align, but we are blessed to host Beth Wood, a singer/songwriter with an amazing voice, great guitar playing and wonderful songs. She can rock the house as she does when singing the Star Spangled Banner to open baseball games or present a poignant, sensitive ballad in a small, sweet voice. But don’t just take my word for it:

“Folk singer-guitarist Beth Wood has such a dazzlingvoice it’s a mystery why she’s still just a cult artist.” – Dallas Morning News

“Beth Wood is a musical triple-threat — a thoughtful songwriter and talented multi-instrumentalist with a supple, soulful voice.” – The Washington Post

Picture a home-body with an ever-present wanderlust, an introvert with a passion for performing, a creative free-spirit with enough discipline to rework her dream year after year, calloused little hands and a big pile of curly hair…and you’ve got Beth Wood, modern-day troubadour. She won the 2005 Kerrville New Folk Contest, along with another dozen awards for her performances and songwriting at the national and regional level. I’m happy to brag on Beth as a friend, but the point is that Beth is widely recognized in the folk world for her songs, performance and spectacular vocal ability.

If you ask Beth to describe her music, she might just shrug. Some have called it folk, pop, folk-pop, country-folk, Americana, etc. Beth prefers to say it is soulful, organic, free-range, barefoot music delivered through a high energy communicator of joy. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram calls Beth “a superb singer-songwriter whose versatility discourages labeling.” Beth’s songs tell of life and love, stories of all kinds of folks she knows or has seen.

Beth is wonderful to be around – her joy and energy are contagious. Her performances are masterful and warm and personal at the same time. Please get in touch so you can be part of this wonderful evening.!/bethwoodmusic

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 and an invitation, please contact Lee at 575-522-5197 or by e-mail at lasalturashouseconcerts (at)

Thursday, April 14, 2011 Antje Duvecot

Antje Duvekot
Antje Duvekot is one of the brightest singer-songwriters to rise out of Boston’s competitive acoustic music scene. Her second studio album, “The Near Demise of the High Wire Dancer” on Black Wolf Records was released in 2009 (she has a new live album out since then). Antje chose one of her favorite songwriters, Richard Shindell to produce the album. Richard lent his talent to the record and brought in well respected musicians such as John Gorka, Lucy Kaplansky and Victor Krauss.

“What a blessing to have worked with someone as talented as Antje. With a voice like hers, and songs as good as these, a producer (especially a first-time producer!) just tries to get out of the way, to do no harm, and to let the artist speak for herself.” – Richard Shindell

“The Near Demise of the High Wire Dancer” demonstrates why, according to The Boston Globe, “Antje Duvekot’s provocative, dark-eyed ballads are becoming the talk of the folk world. Duvekot has gotten hotter, faster than any local songwriter in recent memory.” The songs on the album reflect both Duvekot’s personal journeys and her observations of those of others. Antje remarks “I’ve come to find that writing about someone else’s struggles or happiness feels just as cathartic as writing about my own.”

“As far as I can tell, Antje is the whole package… I’ve had this reaction once in the past 10 years, and that was the first time I heard Patty Griffin… Antje has proven once again that she ranks with the most intense and beautiful songwriter on the planet”- Dave Marsh former Editor of Rolling Stone and XM/ Sirius Satellite Host

Along with 7 new songs, Antje and Richard decided to add studio versions of some of her best known songs such as, “Merry Go Round”, which was used in a Bank of America national TV ad campaign as well as radio favorite “Long Way”. “Since I first recorded this older material live, I have become a better performer”, Antje explains “I decided to revive the songs that were worthy and produce them properly so that I should not be such a bad mother to them”.

Singer songwriter Ellis Paul says “Antje is the rare artist that can write about the social and the personal in the same breath. She is as understated as she is wise and her songs go down mentally as well as soulfully. Her voice has a sound of innocence and naivety which makes razor sharp insights into the human condition.”

Neil Dorfsman, the producer of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Sting says, “When I first heard Antje I knew I was witnessing something very special. She creates an entire, detailed world in verse, and takes you there with beautiful and understated melody. Her songs are stunning paintings of color and shade and always generate the heat and light that real art should. In an unpoetic and ‘in your face’ world, she is lyrical and subtle.”

Suggested artist donation $20

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 and an invitation, please contact Lee at 575-522-5197 or by e-mail at lasalturashouseconcerts (at)

Thursday, January 27, 2011: Lynne Hanson and Lynn Miles

From north of the border, two award-winning Canadian singer/songwriters will bring us an amazing evening of songs and stories. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear a two of Canada’s top performers.

Lynne Hanson and Lynn Miles

Lynne Hanson

As the youngest in a musical family of eight children, Lynne was exposed to a diverse array of musical eras and styles as she grew up. Older siblings were quick to pawn off their babysitting duties to stacks of records and tapes, Lynne being only too happy to sit and sing along for hours with the likes of Johnny Cash and Bruce Springsteen. The result is a hybrid brand of eclectic roots music that Lynne can truly call her own merging her thought-provoking lyrics with heart-felt soul-country.

Hanson’s early love of jazz was later replaced by bluegrass and traditional country , while teenage years included singing and playing Neil Young songs at home. If pressed, Lynne will describe her sound as “porch music with a little Texas red dirt. I write these songs on acoustic guitar in my kitchen. I want them to sound like the original concept, except with a band. I call it porch music, as it’s like everyone in the neighbourhood comes over and brings their instruments.”

With an open heart and not a hint of sentimentality, Hanson sings simply and honestly about loss and the search for redemption. That redemption comes at her live shows. No one leaves a Lynne Hanson concert feeling heavy-hearted. Onstage Hanson is a happy-go-lucky storyteller with a gift for the gab and a wink in her eye, engaging her audience just as much with her stories and one-liners as she can with her music. She’s intimate with her audience, as if she were shooting the breeze with old friends at her kitchen table. Or her front porch.

Which brings us back to that Texas red dirt…

“Any listener thinking Hanson couldn’t have been born north of the Mason-Dixon Line is forgiven.” – Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange

Hanson grew up seeing more white Canadian snow than Texas red dirt. She grew up in Ottawa, a quiet, conservative government town with bone-chillingly cold winters. Unlikely breeding ground for a southern-style roots musician? Perhaps. But anyone who can live through a lonely Ottawa winter just might emerge in springtime singing the blues. And that’s exactly what Hanson did.

For years, Hanson was a self-described “closet kitchen musician” until 2006 when everything she’d kept inside spilled out onto her acclaimed first CD, Things I Miss.

Things took off pretty quickly with the release of her second CD, Eleven Months. Word got out about an earthy singer-songwriter from Canada and Hanson was invited to showcase stages from Austin, Texas to Memphis, Tennessee, a European tour, a few more stops in Texas and a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination.

It’s been a busy few years for Lynne Hanson. And with a nonstop touring schedule she’s not taking any breaks just yet. Well, maybe just a few. On her front porch. To kick off her cowboy boots, grab her guitar and write some more unforgettable songs for her third CD.

They say everything’s bigger in Texas. With a little Texas red dirt under her heels, Hanson might have to consider building a bigger front porch to fit in more fans.

Since I first got to see Lynne at Folk Alliance, I’ve been one of those fans. We agreed she should do a show at Las Alturas House Concerts a while ago but Ottowa, Canada isn’t right around the corner from Las Cruces, so it has taken us a while to get her here. I assure you she was worth the wait.

2009 Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee – New/Emerging Artist of the Year
2009 Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Official Showcase Artist
2009 Kerrville New Folk Finalist
2009 Rose Garden Coffeehouse Performing Songwriter Finalist
2008 FAR West Official Showcase Artist
2008 Mountain Stage New Song Canadian Finalist

Lynn Miles

Born outside Montreal in Sweetsburg, Quebec, Lynn Miles grew up in a musical home. Her father played the harmonica and listened to his jazz collection while her mother was a lover of both opera and country music. Miles’ mother recalled once that she knew when Lynn had finally fallen asleep in her crib: Lynn stopped singing. During her elementary school years, Miles learned guitar, violin, flute and piano. She began performing in public at around the age of sixteen and when she was in her early twenties she studied with an opera singer to strengthen her voice and enrolled for a time at Carleton University in Ottawa where she studied classical music history and theory. Years later, Miles put this training to good use while serving as a voice teacher at the Ottawa Folklore Center. While at the center, she taught voice to many students including a then fourteen-year-old Alanis Morrisette. The lessons came just prior to the making of Morrisette’s first album.

Though Miles had been writing her own songs since the age of 10, she didn’t end up recording any of her own material until 1987 when she cut 9 original compositions for a demo at Happyrock Studio in Ottawa. An avid reader and music-lover, those early recordings were inspired by the books she loved to read, and the music she listened to on the radio.

Miles continues to draw inspiration from music and literature to this day. On her latest album (Love Sweet Love) for example, the opening track, “Flames of Love,” was inspired by a long period of reading Sufi poetry. “I’m fascinated by the way the Sufis write about love,” Miles says. “Their love is spiritual, and I reinterpreted it and wrote ‘Flames of Love,’ about jumping in the fire, Lynn Miles letting go and not being afraid and letting it get hot and not caring about what other people think. Just really going for it.” The idea – and the song itself – is exhilarating and exciting, yet full of hidden corners and alleyways from where the joy can be blindsided without notice. But as Miles notes, “You don’t learn from happiness.”

If that’s true, one gets the sense that Miles has learned a lot. In a career that has seen her move from Ottawa to Los Angeles and back to Ottawa, and release albums as varied as the slick Night in a Strange Town (co-produced by Larry Klein, of Shawn Colvin and Joni Mitchell fame, and featuring renowned west-coast studio musicians David Piltch, Dean Parks, John Cody and Tal Bergman) and the stark Unravel, Miles has consistently been unflinching in putting it all out there: the unbridled ecstasy of new-found love, the fragile process of sweeping up the pieces when it breaks.

The accolades, meanwhile, continue to pour in. Her 1996 album, Slightly Haunted, was a Billboard Top 10 Pick of the Year. Unravel (released 2001) was praised by critics – All Music Guide describing it as “sounding as if it’s been produced by Daniel Lanois in an Appalichian town” and “a diamond in the rough.” Canadian folk-music icon Valdy once said, “I’m sorry for all the heartache she has to go through in order to get those juices going, but, yeah, she’s marvelous.” The New York Times may have said it best: “Lynn Miles makes being forlorn sound like a state of grace.”

Therein is the powerful secret behind Miles’ music – her astute observations of life, its trials and triumphs, are the hallmark of sincerity in her music. The gritty honesty of her music never falters – neither does her unshakeable ability to make even the most melancholy lyrics sound as if they are brimming with hope and grace. “Little Bird” infuses her lyrics with an assertive and encouraging voice. “I wrote this song after reading “In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts” by Gabor Mate. It’s the best book on addiction and articulates the need for compassion when dealing with addictions. The song about what I call The X Factor, the initial source of pain that can cause a person to seek solace in alcohol and drugs.”

Lynn Miles is a musician in the rarest sense of the word, an unmistakable talent, with an eye for both the subtle and sweet that can only be unearthed with experience.

Seven albums
2005 Winner Canadian Folk Music Awards – Best Singer Contemporary
2005 Winner Canadian Folk Music Awards – Best Songwirter – English
2003 Winner Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Solo Album of the Year

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 and an invitation, please contact Lee at 575-522-5197 or by e-mail at lasalturashouseconcerts (at)

Saturday, January 15, 2011: Hungrytown


Hungrytown is the band name and the new self-titled offering from celebrated musical duo Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson. Their deceptively simple compositions are rooted firmly in folk tradition; “in fact, Hungrytown’s music offers such an aura of authenticity–in titles and in tunes–it could be easily mistaken for original trad transcripts,” declares Lee Zimmerman of Performing Songwriter, and Rachel Nones of the Feminist Review raves “Hungrytown is American folk music at its zenith.” Early reviews of the CD have landed the group daily airplay on XM Radio’s “The Village,” and Hungrytown songs are beginning to appear on playlists across the country, including Boston’s WUMB, New York’s WFUV and Philadelphia’s WXPN.

In Hungrytown, things are not always what they seem. In “Rose or the Briar,” a Carter-Family-style parlor ballad, a young man is drawn to a beautiful girl, but finds her lovely appearance offset by her prickly disposition. “One Morning in May,” conjuring ’60s-era folk rock, begins with a soldier marching confidently off to what he thinks will be an quick and easy victory, only to find himself mired in an endless and pointless war. The metaphorical heart of the album, “Hungrytown Road,” is a bluegrass waltz depicting a poor girl’s longing to discover her potential beyond the boundaries of her limited and difficult life. Indeed, each character in Hungrytown is a resident–the variety of musical styles reflect each of their personalities, trials and perils. Hungrytown is a place where many of us have been, and where many of us still live.

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 and an invitation, please contact Lee at 575-522-5197 or by e-mail at lasalturashouseconcerts (at)

Saturday, December 4, 2010: Tori Sparks

Tori Sparks Live at The Bitter End

Tori Sparks calls Nashville home, but spends most of her time on the road in the U.S. and Europe. Called “a knockout” by the Village Voice, her dynamic live show is equal parts eye-popping soul-singing, and zany stand-up-style humor.

Tori’s relentless touring has taken her from New York to Los Angeles to Miami, from Toronto to London to Paris, and through every small town in between. She books most of her own shows, and does all of her own laundry. In 2008 and 2009, Tori has showcased at Folk Alliance, Bele Chere, American MusicFest, many other conferences and festivals, and played nearly 200 shows to boot. She recently performed on Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour alongside Rolling Stones pianist Chuck Leavell.

“Tori Sparks’ voice isn’t one of those passive instruments that treats a lyric like it’s a classified ad… Here is a supple, teasing voice that flutters and flies seemingly without effort from note to note, line to line, so that weepy sensitivity and pleading vulnerability cozy up with tough resilience and firm resolve so seamlessly you never even notice the mood swing.” – Jeff Tamarkin, Harp Magazine

Tori has an amazing and dynamic voice and great songs, ranging from tender to tough, loving ballads to sultry torch songs and blues. I got to meet and see Tori at Folk Alliance, after first discovering her music online. She’s a wonderful performer who has toured the world but she is still a lovely, down to earth person. Come see this show – you’ll enjoy it!

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 and an invitation, please contact Lee at 575-522-5197 or by e-mail at lasalturashouseconcerts (at)

Sunday, November 21, 2010: Joe Uveges with Stephanie Pauline

Joe Uveges and Stephanie Pauline

Joe Uveges’ web site biography says that he “has meandered the path of quiet musical anonymity on Colorado’s front range for more than 18 years now. Raised a farm kid in Schoharie, New York, pummeled by liberal academics at Union College and Catholic University, a grizzled veteran of bar bands and coffeehouses, he should be a burned out skeleton of a man playing Allman Brother covers, tipping lukewarm Coors from a can, and lamenting broken marriages and illegitimate kids. He is not.”

Joe is, in fact, one of the warmest people I know. Obscure, not so much, at least not around Colorado Springs, where he is one of the pre-eminent acoustic musicians in the area. Joe was also the first singer/songwriter we hosted for a house concert (when we lived in Colorado Springs), which we did a number of happy times!

Last year, Joe came to Las Cruces for a lovely concert in the Currys’ orchard. We are hosting him indoors this year, since it will be a bit chilly by the time this show happens in November. Here’s a bit more about Joe in his own words:

My heart is in songwriting. I like to tell a story. I am a folk singer in the non-traditional sense. I like story songs that are heavy on evocative poetry and the emotions evoke a response in you. I like a strong lyric and want the music to be accessible lyrically, melodically and harmonically. I just like songs – great songs. I love harmonies. The favorite song I have written is ‘Little Break.’ It is an engaging, true story with twists and a sweet message. The event actually happened near Butte, Montana. I like songs with hope.

Joe is also a very spiritual person. Regardless of whether you share his Christian beliefs and faith, you will also be uplifted by his positive and hopeful worldview:

For me, music is a mixture of two things. I am an inherent performer and I am completely taken with the music. Music is a creative outlet for me. Next to prayer it is the only thing I do every day. Music is what I use to see myself. It gives me a sense of worth and at the same time allows me to look deeper into myself and see how I measure up. Every day I am thinking about songs. I play with the intention of singing a song.

You are warned ahead of time that you can’t attend a Joe Uveges concert without becoming involved. Joe’s songs and stories have universal appeal, since they deal with life and the human condition, often in a humorous way. Audience members are also frequently expected to sing along. Joe is an ideal house concert performer because he gets such a kick out of connecting with people and he does it so well.

Joining Joe will be Stephanie Pauline, another singer/songwriter from Colorado Springs. She has a beautiful voice and her own songs of life and her spiritual perspective. Having heard Joe sing harmonies with other folks, I expect a beautiful blending of voices from Joe and Stephanie. We hope you will join us for a warm evening of music and friendship.

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 and an invitation, please contact Lee at 575-522-5197 or by e-mail at lasalturashouseconcerts (at)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010: Ernest Troost

Ernest Troost

Ernest Troost is a singer/songwriter and a New Folk Winner at the 2009 Kerrville Folk Festival. His evocative songwriting style combines folk and Piedmont blues style guitar picking with timeless stories and colorful character portrayals drawn from the American past and present. His first solo album, “All the Boats Are Gonna Rise”, described as what would happen if the Carter Family, Robbie Robertson, and Alfred Hitchcock wrote songs together, has been a hit with critics and fans alike:

“Troost’s style and subject matter recall Dylan, Dave Alvin, and (especially for his concentration on life’s darker side) Richard Thompson–enviable company indeed. Such comparisons are not lightly made: Every song here is a keeper.” –Tom Hyslop, Blues Revue Magazine

“Stories are what fascinate me,” says Troost, when asked what inspires his songwriting. “I sometimes think of myself more as a filmmaker than a songwriter—maybe it’s because of all the films I’ve worked on, but also because I love to weave words and music together and create cinematic images in the mind of the listener.”

By mixing the traditional country blues and ragtime influences of Blind Blake, Tampa Red and Mississippi Fred McDowell with the literate lyrics of contemporary songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, and John Hiatt, Troost has created an album that captures a colorful world long past of levees, dam builders, morally ambiguous characters, and disillusioned patriots. Moreover, he imbues them with a dark playfulness and relevance for today.

“It’s the dark characters that interest me,” says Troost about his songs. “If you can get into some of these characters’ heads and tell the story from their points of view, it might get a bit creepy, but it can be very dramatic, and hopefully, entertaining.”

“Ernest Troost’s newest album, the aptly titled Resurrection Blues is a brilliant new piece of songwriting art. Its thirteen Piedmont-blues influenced songs tell stories of passion, lost love and regret-filled lives at a cross-roads, looking for a modern-day answer to “how did things ever get this far?” and “when did the darkness fall?” Ernest Troost’s existential questions run rampant in his first three songs; and then, the stories begin. For those of you who aren’t familiar with his work, aside from the new Kerrville win, Ernest Troost is an Emmy-winning and multiply Emmy-nominated composer of more than one hundred scores for films and television…

Ernest likes to call his new work “cinematic folk” (perfect for keeping with his film and TV work), and that’s a great description, in that he writes such vivid character studies with fable-like, morality-tale qualities. Indeed, his songs are like entire films in miniature, like looking at a painting that tells a story in one image (or several) on one canvas…

And images do fly: Just listen to the story of Switchblade Heart, where Frankie, a killer who “kept his enemies close and his edges sharp” falls for “a girl from Tennessee.” Then on one fateful night she jumps in front of Frankie as the boys come after him and there is “the cough of a pistol and her mournful cry.”

Or enjoy the whimsical Big-time Blues where criminals find their just deserts, or the tale of the man who couldn’t get over a long-ago transgression in Sad Dog Blues. Ernest captures the grand Tin-Pan Alley influence with a new classic My Baby Loves Me replete with clarinet and an infectious swing: I’m under her spell, but this ain’t no voodoo My baby loves me like no other lover do!

This is a broad and colorful canvas of Americana. But his theme I think here is in the title cut, Resurrection Blues where Ernest asks something we can all understand: What happened and how did I get here? “Sittin’ in the dark, watchin’ for a sign My thoughts can hardly keep up with my restless mind I’ve seen my future and my world has come undone My gears are broken and my springs have sprung… I got criminal blood coursing through my veins I got addictive tendencies circlin’ my brain Waitin’ like a pack of wolves ‘til I let down my guard I’m doing my best, but I’m breathin’ hard”…

As a writer and artist, Ernest flatly acknowledges lost youth and asks where did it go? In Hellbound: “If love once passed this way, all the trails are cold… All that’s left is old pale traces of tears…” Or in Dark Days: “There are pieces of me in here There are bits I left back there There’s a home I cannot embrace From beneath this shroud….”

He embraces darkness and its reflection in his own soul and in the tragic tales of others’ lives, at the same time he suspects there are answers around the next bend. You’ll find yourself chuckling at the rueful humor while you weep for the days gone by – the endless human condition.” — Susie Glaze for FolkWorks

I’m a huge Richard Thompson fan, so comparisons to Richard are not something I take lightly. But in Ernest Troost’s case, it is a fair comparison – Ernest writes beautiful story songs with a dark edge and is a masterful guitar virtuoso. I got to see Ernest at Folk Alliance in Fall 2009 and knew I wanted to book him before he finished his first song. The rest of his set just confirmed how wonderful a performer he is.

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 and an invitation, please contact Lee at 575-522-5197 or by e-mail at houseconcerts (at)