Saturday, January 01, 2005

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

It's already 2005. This stupid decade is nearly half cooked.

My true love and I rung in the new year last night at the wonderful old Mine Shaft Taven where unfortunately we arrived too late for Goshen's set, but got to see Hundred Year Flood.. This was my first time to see them live, and I was impressed. My favorite song they did was an anti-war tune called "Don't Go" -- which according to singer Felicia Ford, was written as a plea to someone considering enlisting to fight in Iraq. Good, melodic, folk-stained rock, and that Felicia is one powerful vocalist.

Joe West was there, with the infamous Mike the Can Man. Although Joe didn't play any of his own songs, he helped Felicia sing "Auld Lang Syne."

I can't believe it's been so many years since I've been to the Mine Shaft. It's a rowdy, funky good-time place that brought back memories of historic New Mexico honky tonks like The Line Camp, The Golden Inn and the Thunderbird in Placitas. Owners Cliff Kitzrow and Ede Salkeld announced that this would be their last New Year's Eve at the Mine Shaft. The place has been for sale for months and Kitzrow said a deal is on the table. He said the prospective new owners would keep the rock 'n' roll spirit alive in The Mine Shaft. I hope he's right.

By the way, while Googling around for info on The Mine Shaft, I came upon this interesting page that sugests they don't call Madrid a ghost town for nuthin': CLICK HERE

Happy New Year to all!!!!!

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