Meet New Mexico’s Own Musical Performers

Meet New Mexico’s Own Musical Performers

Some of my favorite college memories included the little house concerts our debate team sponsored as part of our “Regional Heritage” series. Though I never attended a big name performance, I met some incredible folk singers, including one of my favorites, Amy Martin. Her adorable song, “It’s About Oil,” mocked the war on Iraq, and her soulful “Peace for Paul,” in honor of Paul Wellstone, and “Paz, Shalom, Salaam,” both made me cry. I purchased her album, had her sign it, and a love of independent folk artists was born.

In my area, however, it can be difficult to find many folk artists—let alone local groups in general. Most of the local artists I can think of are small cover bands of other large bands or country music performers—which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it does make it harder to locate groups that you might be interested in seeing. In New Mexico, however, there is an awesome roster of all of the local talent that is continually updated located at Mitch’s New Mexico Connection.

People who are interested in finding local talent to enjoy can peruse this page alphabetically and find artists by name; they are also easily listed with genres beneath their names, making it simpler to decide which acts are the ones that people may want to see most. Not all have photos, but most have links to websites, or even to Facebook or YouTube information where you can even watch some of their performances.

Many of the bands look like they’ve got albums available for purchase as well, for those interested. The best part, of course, is a link to the performance calendar of each musician or band so concert goers can easily locate where and when they will be performing. It’s a wonderful website for people in the area who want to support local artists as well as try out something new other than the constant blare of the radio.