Thursday morning briefing: Brunch, classical stuff and emancipation

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Sunday music There’s a Rick Hughes and Friends concert from noon-2 p.m. for Sunday brunch at Mark’s Restaurant in Portales. It’s free and open to the public. Information: 359-0857. Classical stuff Eastern New Mexico University in Portales is hosting a solo performance by guest […]

Country music has origins in American roots

By Don McAlavy: County historian In the beginning of the 20th Century the mere idea of an American Music Canon did not exist. The American scholars and music people looked to Europe where classical music thrived and folk music was standardized. One hundred years later, American roots music and what came of it — pop […]

U2 steals Mariah Carey’s spotlight at Grammys

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — The rock gods snatched Grammy history from the comeback queen Wednesday, as perennial favorites U2 took home five trophies while Mariah Carey had to settle for three. U2 won the 20th Grammy of its career, including album of the year for “How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb” — the […]

Country band strives to ‘bring Christian message’ to audiences

By Darrell Todd Maurina They are classically trained musicians who studied at the Julliard School in New York City. The four siblings play Christian country music. “Christian music is the odd ball out in music because it refers to the message of the music, not the style of the music,” said Annie Wolaver, 20, lead […]

Show makes magical Christmas memories

There was a magical, lit-up wonderland feel to those holiday trips into Pittsburgh. New Year’s Eve would often include snow, almost always brought sub-freezing temperatures, and nearly every year, the trip down to Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh’s ornate showplace, to see the Duquesne University Tamburitzans. It was a world of magic to a young boy. This […]