Petty Studios documentary airs Thursday

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A New Mexico Music Commission produced documentary about the Norman Petty Recording Studio airs 7 p.m. Thursday on the regional PBS station, KENW. Jay Parmenter of Clovis gives tours of the studio during the annual Clovis Music Festival.

CNJ staff

The New Mexico Music Commission produced a documentary focusing on the Norman Petty Recording Studios and its historical significance.

Nancy Laflin, director of the NMMC, said the commission worked with You And Me Productions and Public Broadcasting Service stations on the project.

Laflin, who produces a show on PBS called New Mexico Southwest Sounds that profiles musicians from New Mexico, said she decided to make the documentary when she took a tour of the studio at last year’s Clovis Music Festival.

“I walked into the studio and thought, ‘This story deserves to be told,’” she said.

Laflin said the commission’s goal is to give New Mexico musicians national recognition.

“They deserve it,” she said.

The documentary includes a tour of the studio where the original equipment is still preserved. Laflin said audiences will also learn what the Clovis community is currently doing to honor musicians and hear from current local bands.

The documentary will air on PBS stations across New Mexico at 7 p.m. Thursday.