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The Lensic Performing Arts Center & Frogville Records proudly present Sounds of Santa Fe, the first in a series of Lensic evenings celebrating our local music scene. On February 28, we’ll present local musicians who have recorded at the Santa Fe-based Frogville Records recording studio. The performance will feature Round Mountain, Boris McCutcheon and the Salt Licks, Anthony Leon, and Bill Palmer’s TV Killers.
The next Sounds of Santa Fe event, on Friday, March 28, at 7:30 pm, will be presented by The Lensic and the After Hours Alliance. It will feature Luke Carr’s Storming the Beaches with Logos in Hand and Ben Wright’s iNK oN pAPER Mi.
Blending dusty American grit with an amalgam of global influences, the Santa Fe-based duo Round Mountain (brothers Char and Robby Rothschild) presents a singular take on folk music. The multi-instrumentalist brothers have travelled the world absorbing bits and pieces of musical cultures—Irish, West African, Appalachian, Afro, Turkish, Roma, and Balkan, to name a few—returning to filter them through an Americana framework. The Rothschilds play their original songs on a multitude of instruments from around the world, often playing several of those instruments at once.
Round Mountain has opened for such folk icons as Toumani Diabate and Bela Fleck, the Mammals, and Sonya Kitchell. They’ve also performed with Toubab Krewe, Boulder Acoustic Society, VOCO, and Taarka. Round Mountain released their debut album, Round Mountain, in 2004, and their fourth and latest album, The Goat, in 2013. For more about the band, visit RoundMountainMusic.com.
Boris McCutcheon and the Salt Licks
Boris McCutcheon is a singer and songwriter of what he describes as “truly unique and engaging Americana songs.” He plays guitar, harmonica, and mandolin, and is backed by an incredible band of musicians known as the Salt Licks. The band is made up of Brett Davis (guitar, banjo, lap steel, and backup vocals), Susan Holmes (upright acoustic bass, electric bass, and backup vocals), Kevin Zoernig (keyboards), and Paul Groetzinger (drums). The group’s latest album, released in 2013, is Might Crash. They are currently recording their seventh record.
While Boris was born on Massachusetts farmland, he has found his place in the mountains of New Mexico. Currently, the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains provide inspiration for his music, but his songs are also peppered with experiences in Cape Cod, Northern California, and Southwest deserts. For more, see borismccutcheon.com.
Anthony Leon is one of Santa Fe’s most energetic two-steppin’, head-bangin’, alternative country musicians. Known for his hybrid of bluegrass, honky tonk, and rock-and-roll, Leon can be compared with Johnny Cash, Uncle Tupelo, The Old 97’s, and the Louvin Brothers. While he usually plays with his band The Chain, Leon will perform at this Sounds of Santa Fe event with several other local musicians he’s proud to call friends. For more, see reverbnation.com/anthonyleonandthechain.
Bill Palmer’s TV Killers
Bill Palmer’s TV Killers—Bill Palmer (voice and guitar), Stephanie Hatfield (voice and guitar), Matt McClinton (bass), and Shawn Peters (drums)—combine rough-and-tumble rock stylings with sweet, polished country-folk sensibilities. Stylistically, they share similarities with Tom Petty, Ryan Adams, Neil Young, and The Decemberists, but with Palmer and Hatfield’s distinctive double-guitar approach and lush vocal harmonies, their sound is all their own. Bill Palmer’s TV Killers released their debut, self-titled album in early 2013. See reverbnation.com/billpalmerstvkillers for more information.
About Frogville Records
Studio owner JC Treadwell calls Frogville Records “Santa Fe’s best kept secret” because it has played such an integral role in helping local musicians record more than 200 albums in the last 11 years. While the space is owned by Treadwell, the studio is co-op that is owned and operated by artists. Head engineer Bill Palmer runs all recording sessions. For the last six years, Frogville has also helped shine the spotlight on local musicians through its Thursday radio show on 98.1 KBAC. The show airs at 7 pm.
Tune-In to Santa Fe and Support Our Local Music Scene
The Lensic is proud to be a partner in Tune In to Santa Fe, a year-long media campaign that promotes music venues, associations, and musicians who make our local scene outstanding. Santa Fe’s vibrant and eclectic music scene is as diverse as the city’s rich cultural heritage, and our venues are as integral a part of Santa Fe as our famous galleries. For more information on Tune In to Santa Fe, visit santafe.org/tune_in_to_santa_fe.