Archives: August 2014

Taos, NM Natives Mirabal & Romero Collaborate to Release ‘Iron Horse’ Single

TAOS, NM—Taos natives and Native Rock recording artists Robby Romero and Robert Mirabal have combined their talents to release a new “alter-Native” single titled, “Iron Horse.” “Iron Horse” commemorates the Summer of the Red Willow, when Taos, New Mexico’s Kit Carson Park was renamed “Red Willow” in June 2014 by the Town of Taos.

“When the opportunity presented itself, I suggested that the Town of Taos change the name of Kit Carson Park to Red Willow Park to honor the people of the Red Willow,” said Robby Romero. “I made the suggestion to kindle a conversation about one-sided perspectives that are more often then not ‘his story’ – not ‘history.’”

“Robby brought me out of the corn fields of Taos Pueblo to join in igniting a collective fire and creating a poetic dialogue,” said Robert Mirabal. “I was a bit reluctant at first, however; as fate has it, the inevitable Kit Carson name-change provided the artistic momentum for a coming together of our music.”

“Iron Horse,” written collaboratively by Mirabal and Romero, will be performed at a special “Summer of the Red Willow” concert at KTAOS Solar Pavilion on Sept. 20, 2014.

“Iron Horse” is a unique reflection of the many genres of music that thrive in Northern New Mexico – from the traditional Native American flute and soul stirring vocals, to classic rock and Spanish guitar. The fast paced, almost spiritual anthem of the Native American people’s diversity and their potential as a force of nature when they are united is inspirational.

“Iron Horse” is the first single from the upcoming self-titled EP, Iron Horse, under the indigenous music label, Eagle Thunder Records. The EP will be released on Nov. 4, 2014 during “Native American Heritage” month. Both Romero and Mirabal will celebrate Native American Heritage month at the first-ever Indigenous Music Festival to be held in Taos, Nov. 15, 2014.

The “Iron Horse” single is now available on iTunes, Amazon and through other leading music stores worldwide.

For more information, contact Joanie Griffin at 505-261-4444 or jgriffin(at)griffinassoc(dot)com.

Artist Bios. Robby Romero is the founder and leader of the Native Rock band, Red Thunder. Romero rose to prominence with the world broadcast of his first music video, “Is It too Late?” and his designation as a United Nations Ambassador of Youth for the Environment. Romero’s Free Your Mind public services announcements and music videos broadcast on MTV and VH1 introduced Native Rock music to the music television generation and were designed to break stereotypes about American Indians. Romero has shared the stage with multi-platinum musical artists including Buffy Sainte-Marie, Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, and Cat Stevens, to name a few. His politicized “rockumentary” films (including Who’s Gonna Save You, America’s Last Frontier, Hidden Medicine and Makoce Wakan) have been broadcast on VH1, Sundance Channel, CBS and SABC Africa. Romero has received multiple awards in acknowledgment of his work from The National Congress Of American Indians and The United Nations to the industry’s prestigious Cable Ace-Award and Gold and Platinum Records. For more information on Romero, visit

Two-time Grammy award winner, Robert Mirabal, lives with his family at the foot of the sacred Taos Mountain and maintains a traditional life, keeping the centuries-old customs of the Taos Pueblo people. Mirabal has been described as a Native American renaissance man and musician, composer, painter, and more. Mirabal plays his music all over the world. After several recordings highlighting Mirabal’s “exquisitely nuanced flute playing” (as per the New York Times), his 2001 PBS special and CD “Music From A Painted Cave” brought him national acclaim. Mirabal recently received the 2014 New Mexico Governors awards for Excellence in the Arts. For more information on Mirabal, visit

The Johnny Cash Museum Unveils The Legends of Sun Records Exhibit

To a standing room only crowd yesterday evening, Johnny Cash Museum Founder Bill Miller revealed The Legends of Sun Records exhibit. The new exhibit, which will run for 18 months, features artifacts that spotlight Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and drummer W.S. Holland. You can view snapshots of the exhibit and VIP preview below. The Legends of Sun Records exhibit opens to the public on Friday, August 15th.

Founder Bill Miller (c) Moments By Moser
Joanne Cash Yates & Tommy Cash (c) Moments By Moser

Sun Records’ Jerry Phillips, AmeriMonte Records’ Steve Popovich Jr, Jason D Williams and JCM Founder Bill Miller (c) Moments By Moser

(C) Moments by Moser
(C) Moments by Moser

(c) Moments by Moser
“Johnny Cash began his musical career at Sun Records,” says Founder Bill Miller. “Sun was the launch pad for several young men whose music would forever impact the world. Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and Johnny came from similar backgrounds and humble beginnings. Once they walked through the door at the Memphis Recording Service, their lives would never be the same. We are proud to showcase Johnny’s labelmates from this historic period in rock and roll history.”
The founders of the museum aren’t the only ones both excited and honored to be a part of the exhibit. See additional comments below.
“Elvis had great respect for Johnny Cash, and a wonderful friendship. He was very proud to share the same Sun Studio roots in Memphis with Johnny, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison and Jerry Lee Lewis. I’m pleased that the Johnny Cash Museum is celebrating the achievements of these five legendary performers, and I know that Elvis would have been tremendously honored to be included in this exhibit.”
Priscilla Presley
“We are thrilled these cherished belongings of our father Roy Orbison can be part of Johnny Cash’s wonderful museum here in Nashville. The Cash’s are ‘family.’ Johnny and June Carter were godfather and godmother to each of us three Orbison boys and literally our next door neighbors in Hendersonville. What a beautiful and fitting home for these special pieces of Dad’s past!”
Roy Jr, Wesley and Alex Orbison
“Johnny and I started at Sun Records over 50 years ago and worked together for decades. We were good friends and I’m proud to be involved in The Legends of Sun Records exhibit at the Johnny Cash Museum.”
–Jerry Lee Lewis
“Johnny Cash and Dad were like brothers. They had a mutual respect and love for each other that went beyond friendship. They will always be bonded together, not only for their great musical legacy at Sun Records, but for their kindred spirit for one another. Our family is proud to have them reunited at the Johnny Cash Museum.”
–Stan Perkins
“The drums that are currently on display in the Johnny Cash Museum are the same set that recorded ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ and the Million Dollar Quartet. They were also the first ever full drum set to play the Grand Ole Opry. At Sun Records, it wasn’t something that we thought would make history. It just happened. We never thought anyone would even know about it after a couple years. Those days seem like a dream, but they also seemed like they just happened a few weeks ago. Nothing was ever planned for me. I think that’s why they call me ‘Fluke.’
–W.S. Holland
About Sun Records
Sun Records was an independent label founded in 1952 by Sam Phillips. Based in Memphis, Phillips set out to develop the rhythm and blues sound and deliver it to general public. What he would ultimately create would be the foundations for rock-n-roll. Throughout the years, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Charlie Rich and even Conway Twitty (under his real name Harold Jenkins) would record and be released on the label. The famous “Million Dollar Quartet” also occurred at Sun records on December 4, 1956 when an impromptu session with Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins was captured in an iconic photograph.
About The Johnny Cash Museum
Earning the AAA Gem rating, The Johnny Cash Museum experience has quickly spread around the globe with outlets like CNN, USA Today, Parade, The NY Times, The NY Post, Billboard, Vogue, Southern Living, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Yahoo, Huffington Post, London’s NME, etc. all buzzing about the attraction. Forbes ranked the Top 5 “Must-See” Nashville destinations and put The Johnny Cash Museum in the number one slot. That acknowledgement was followed by an unbelievable honor from National Geographic. National Geographic published a list of the worldwide top four “Pitch Perfect Museums,” museums dedicated to a single musician. The Johnny Cash Museum earned the top honor beating out the ABBA museum in Stockholm and the Kalakuta museum in Nigeria. Located at 119 Third Avenue South between Demonbreun and Broadway, the museum is en route between the tourists circulated Broadway strip and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
The Johnny Cash Museum is open every day from 10 AM to 7 PM. General admission is $15 with discounts for AAA, military, senior citizen and youth (6-15).To stay updated on the museum and Johnny Cash, visit or

Clare Dunn Becomes Highest Charting Independent Female Artist In 10 Years With Debut Single, “Get Out”

Clare Dunn

Clare Dunn

(Nashville, Tenn. – August 11, 2014) – Country music newcomer Clare Dunn recently became the highest charting independent female artist on the Music Row Country Breakout chart in 10 years. Her debut single, “Get Out,” currently sits at #15 on the Music Row chart. Over 80% of the Music Row panel supported the record, which has accumulated over 30,000 spins on the chart to date. In addition, “Get Out” has reached #41 on Billboard Indicator and #43 on Aircheck Activator.
In response to the news, Dunn commented, “I am so blown away and so honored. I want to thank everyone at radio for all of the support and belief in me. Thanks for getting this music out there to the people, and to all the peeps out there rockin’ with us, thank you so very, very much! Y’all are makin’ a farm girl’s dream come true, for that I can’t thank you enough.”

Dunn co-wrote “Get Out” with writer-producer Ben West, whose writer credits include Pink’s #1 “Try,” Cassadee Pope’s “Champagne,” and more. Dunn played all the guitar parts on the infectious mid-tempo track, which is the first single from her forthcoming EP release.

“Get Out” is available on iTunes and other major digital music retailers. To listen to “Get Out,” view the official lyric video on YouTube.
The young performer is in today’s USA Today. The article, “Country Lassos ‘Fresh Voices’,” discusses her inclusion as one of SiriusXM’s Fresh Female Voices on The Highway (Ch. 56) and announces the release of a new single, “Cowboy Side of You,” which will be airing on the satellite radio station.

Dunn is a fearless performer and guitar player whose music possesses a unique blend of country and rock. Born on a farm in Southeast Colorado, she grew up driving silage trucks, combines, eighteen-wheelers and spent countless hours behind the wheel of a John Deere tractor. Now her time is spent on a stage performing shows all across the country.

She has already opened up for some of the format’s biggest stars, including Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, Hank Jr., Jamey Johnson, and many others. This coming November, Dunn will join Florida Georgia Line on the “This Is How We Cruise” cruise. For a full list of upcoming shows and appearances, visit

In addition to establishing herself as a performer, Dunn is also earning a name within the songwriting community. She has written with some of the most highly regarded songwriters in Nashville and LA, including Hillary Lindsey, Blair Daly, David Hodges, Troy Verges, busbee, Liz Rose, Angelo, Terry McBride, Brice Long, Will Hoge, Chris Lindsey, Tommy Lee James, Dylan Altman, Marshall Altman and more. She’s also contributed background vocals to some of Nashville’s finest, including Luke Bryan’s smash “Country Girl (Shake It For Me).” Most recently, a song she co-wrote called “Farm Life” was recorded by Colt Ford featuring Justin Moore and is on Ford’s new album, Thanks For Listening. Dunn is signed to a world wide publishing agreement with BMG/Chrysalis.

For more information on Clare Dunn, visit or contact Christy Watkins at Follow Clare Dunn on Facebook and Twitter.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts to Play Outdoor Concert During Football Home Opener Weekend in Green Bay

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts to Play Outdoor Concert During Football Home Opener Weekend in Green Bay

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts to Play Outdoor Concert During Football Home Opener Weekend in Green Bay

(Green Bay, WI) – Hard rocking Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will headline an outdoor concert on Saturday, September 13 as the 2014 football season gets set to return to Green Bay. The night before the Packers meet the New York Jets four blocks up the street, the group will take the stage at Burkel’s One Block Over sports bar and grill.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts have had eight platinum and gold albums along with nine Top 40 singles, including their #1 hit “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” that topped the charts for seven weeks in 1981. Their 1988 hit “I Hate Myself for Loving You” was reworked in 2006 into “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,” the theme music for Sunday Night football broadcasts, performed last season by Carrie Underwood. Their 10th album, Unvarnished, was released last September and reached number 15 on the Rock Albums chart and number 5 on the Independent Albums chart. The group has appeared this year on the Late Show with David Letterman, the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and the Queen Latifah Show.

Doors open for the September 13 show at 4PM with music to begin at 4:30. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will take the stage at 8:30. Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, August 12 at 11AM Central Time. They are available through Ticket Star locations in Green Bay, Marinette and Manitowoc, online at, and by phone at 800-895-0071. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the gate.

A life-long Packer fan, Jett is listed in the top 100 greatest guitarists by Rolling Stone magazine, one of only two women on the list, and received the first Alternative Press Icon Award in July for her years as an ambassador of rock music. She was selected by Nirvana to play guitar and handle lead vocals for part of its performance during the group’s induction into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame this year.

Beside her long-running, hard driving rock ‘n’ roll career, Jett heads her own independent record label, Blackheart Records, and has an acting career that includes 1987’s Light of Day in which she co-starred with Michael J. Fox as a brother-sister rock band duo. She has also appeared in other movie and TV rolls, including Law and Order, and co-starred in the Tony-nominated Broadway version of The Rocky Horror Show.

Directions Burkel’s One Block Over is located a half-mile from Lambeau Field and within walking distance of hotels, parking, and shops around the stadium. It is located at 1007 Tony Canadeo Run just east of Holmgren Way between Lombardi Avenue and Mike McCarthy Way.

Upcoming Events in the U.P.

Aug. 21
Les Cheneaux Arts Council Art Show
Cedarville Lodge, Cedarville
Aug. 5-10
Keweenaw Mineral Days
Aug. 7-10 23rd Annual Humungus Fungus Fest
Crystal Falls
Aug. 9 37th Annual Les Cheneaux Antique Wooden Boat Show and Festival of Arts
Aug. 10, 17, 24 & 31 Outdoor Movies by the Bay
St. Ignace
Aug. 14-17 Gogebic County Fair
Aug. 15-17 11th Annual Ladies of the Lake Sea Kayak Symposium
Aug. 16 Tour de Dickinson Bike Ride
Iron Mountain
Aug. 21-23 4th Annual Harbor Fest
Aug. 28-Sept. 1 123rd Annual Iron County Fair
Iron River

William Topley to Perform at ‘Sustainable Sunday Dinners’ Event in Taos Ski Valley, NM Aug. 24

TAOS SKI VALLEY, NM—Taos Ski Valley’s Bavarian Restaurant in coordination with the organizers of the Taos Solar Music Festival present an intimate evening with musician William Topley at the “Sustainable Sunday Dinners: Farm to Mountain to Table” summer finale event on Sunday, Aug. 24 at 5:30 p.m.

The eight week “Sustainable Sunday Dinners: Farm to Mountain to Table,” which began on July 15, is held at The Bavarian in Taos Ski Valley every Sunday in July and August. The weekly event consists of a three course, locally grown, seasonally inspired farm- to-table dinners hosted by local farmers. The Bavarian is the highest altitude restaurant in Northern New Mexico.

Dinners are “paired” with a number of outstanding speakers, locally and nationally recognized for their work in strengthening the economic livelihoods of local farming, while building connections between local markets and schools, and educating the public.

A partial list of upcoming growers includes:

  • Aug. 3 – Benji Apodaca, of the Taos High School Culinary Arts;
    Aug. 10 – Bernadette Lucero, of Rio Culebra; and
    Aug. 17 – Karen Todd, of Dragonfly Cafe.

The Aug. 24 grand finale dinner with William Topley is $50 (not including tax) for the dinner and show or $25 for the show only. The dinner begins at 5:30 p.m.; musical performance begins at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit

As described by, musician William Topley is a deep-voiced British vocalist with a taste for the bluesy sound of America’s deep south and influenced by the Caribbean rhythms of Jamaican reggae.

For information about the The Bavarian’s Sustainable Sunday Dinners series, visit