Thursday, August 19, 2004


I just found out from my pal Erik Ness that The Desperados, the Las Cruces band that backed me up on my "Farm Bureau sessions" a few years ago, truly are the kings of western swing.

The band won the Academy of Western Artists' award for Western Swing Duo/Group of the year last month in Fort Worth. The desperado beat out Asleep at the Wheel, Hot Club of Cowtown, two bands calling themselves The Texas Playboys and others.

Check out their latest CD Roots and Branches.

About five years ago, Erik recorded me singing two songs in the basement of the New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau. The bureau had just moved into its present location. We recorded at the old, abandoned building. Erik later took the tapes to a proper recording studio and added tracks by The Desparados. Check out the song Parallel World on this page.

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