My snapshots of this year's Thirsty Ear Festival are HERE
Sunday marked an end of an era for the Thirsty Ear Festival. Mike Koster, Thirsty Ear Supreme Commander and President for Life, will soon be moving to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where assumedly he will become a monk in the Temple of Bob Wills. He says he'll still be bringing shows to Santa -Fe and there will be some kind of Thirsty ear Festival -- but not at Eaves Ranch, the movie set that has served as a the festival home nearly every year since 1999.
Unfortunately I couldn't stay for the last show of the night -- Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women. I'm sure they were great, as they were last year at Santa Fe Brewing Company.
The rest of the day was fairly low key. I liked a couple of his songs, but I'm not a huge Hayes Carll fan and J.T. & The Clouds frankly was boring.
For me the highlight was Savor, a Cuban street music band currently based in Santa Fe, led by the charismatic Victor Alvarez.
Basically the band consists of an electric mandolin (played by Victor), an electric bass and four guys on percussion. It's almost magical the way it works. Savor opened up the day on the main stage -- which I missed, but played a seconf set inside the "hotel." Everyone I talked to said this set was far superior. I hope to catch these guys around Santa Fe sometime.
It also was good to see Alex Maryol and his trio (Willie Magee on bass, Andy Primm on drums.) Alex played the first Thirsty Ear when he was still a teenager back in 1999 -- and I bet he's played a majority of the festivals since then. It seemed somehow appropriate that he was here for the closing of this chapter.
Alex recently told me he's got a new album coming out so look out for it.