Jamboree brings community together

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer For the 59th year, guitar strings are ready to hum and country songs to resound in Floyd. Floyd’s 59th annual Country Jamboree is scheduled for Thursday through Sunday, and is showcasing more than 25 performers. The Floyd Lions Club organizes the event. Thursday through Saturday’s performances feature country music, […]

What’s the opposite of being “full of ourselves?

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist I was seated in an auditorium as the sounds of a soft and gentle voice blended with the beauty of a masterfully played guitar. The music was being sung and played by the same musician, John Michael Talbot. After the concert, I bought his latest album, his fiftieth. Like all […]

What’s the Opposite of Being “Full of Ourselves”?

By Curtis K. Shelburne I was seated in an auditorium as the sounds of a soft and gentle voice blended with the beauty of a masterfully played guitar. The music was being sung and played by the same musician, John Michael Talbot. After the concert, I bought his latest album, his fiftieth. Like all of […]

Education feature: Miniature Mozart

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Sarah Jo Samora, 8, of Clovis plays Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” on her guitar Wednesday afternoon at her home. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Sarah Jo Samora balanced an electric guitar that was almost her size while playing the opening chords to Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the […]

Holly bandmate is back

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Self-taught guitar player Tommy Allsup performs Friday during a Clovis Music Festival planning session By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Tommy Allsup’s hands slid up and down the fret board of his guitar with a fluid grace, his fingers plucking at the strings. A smile played across his face as […]

Grand Ole Opry legend dies

By Don McAlvay: CNJ Columnist A Grand Ole Opry legend dies; graduated from CHS in 1947 Billy Walker died May 21 in a wreck on an Alabama interstate. He was 77. His wife, Bettie, and two of his band members also died when a van they were riding in ran off Interstate 65 south of […]

King, Ryan

Ryan Lee King, 34, of Albuquerque, died Monday, April 10, 2006, at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque. He was born Aug. 25, 1971, to Gerald Lee and Jauquetta Bryant King in Albuquerque. He was a guitar player who loved to play music, family members said. He worked as a musician in Grandma’s Music Store and booked […]

Clovis home to its fair share of good musicians

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian Clovis has been home to many good musicians. Here are some tidbits on Gus Nunez and a few more: “A lot of people in Clovis, all musicians, have told me that possibly the best guitar player around Clovis in the old days was Gus Nunez,” said Ken Tucker, a pretty […]

Police Blotter: Dec. 5

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded Tuesday to the 1500 block of Claremont Terrace on a criminal damage report. The complainant told police someone had entered his yard and ripped off five of his solar powered yard lights. He stated the value of the lights at […]

Fiddler extraordinaire played for governor

By Don McAlvay: Local columnist I’ve lost track of Alva J. Parker. Last I knew he was with his daughter in Farmington. I hope he’s still kicking. Parker won more fiddle contests left-handed than most right-handed fiddle players won. He did not change the order of the fiddle strings. Parker shared his fiddle with his […]