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It’s Los Alamos County Fair weekend and the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series is going to do a show of country-soul music at Ashley Pond. This means country music played with soul. If this sounds strange, think again.
There’s been Ray Charles with all of his country hits in the early 60s, Joe South, Joe Tex, Charlie Rich, Flying Burrito Bros., O.C. Smith’s “Little Green Apples,” Elvis, Arthur Alexander, Solomon Burke, Fats Domino, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Johnny Rivers and many others.
Country-soul came with the mixing of black gospel, white gospel and country music. Friday’s band is the Stone River Boys and they will also bring the funk.
“It’s gonna be a great night for dancing, if you like two-stepping, waltzes and a band sounding like a combination of James Brown, Chuck Berry, Eddy Cochran, Al Green, Lyle Lovett, Buck Owens, B.B. King, Waylon Jennings and Little Richard,” said LACSCS Promoter Russ Gordon. “A whole lotta fun and a whole lotta shakin’ will be going on.”
The driving force for the Stone River Boys is guitarist Dave Gonzales and vocalist Mike Barfield, “the tyrant of Texas Funk” and one-time leader of the iconic Texas country-dance band the Hollisters.
“The fantastic Dave Gonzales was the lead guitarist for one of my favorite rockabilly bands, the Paladins,” Gordon said.
Barfield tells of a photo he saw of Solomon Burke, Joe Tex and James Brown wearing cowboy hats and that a lot of soul performers talk about listening to the “Grand ’Ol Opry” growing up.
“Some R&B songs, especially the ballads, are very close to some of the honky-tonk ballads. To me, it’s all very similar,” Barfield said. “One of my favorite CDs of the 90s was called “Rhythm Country & Blues.”
The CD featured duets with folks like Conway Twitty and Sam Moore (of Sam and Dave fame) singing “Rainy Night In Georgia,” “Ain’t It Funny How Time Slips Away” with Al Green and Lovett and “Patches” with George Jones and B.B. King.
For more information, visit stoneriverboys.com or gordonssummerconcerts.com.
The County of Los Alamos and the other sponsors of the L.A. County Summer Concert Series present Bill Hearne’s Roadhouse Revue at 11 a.m. Saturday.
“Hearne is a New Mexico legend from Santa Fe. What a sweet voice and beautiful guitarist,” Gordon said.
He’ll play his style of Texas-New Mexico country-dance music.
Those that can’t make the 11 a.m. show can catch Hearne again at a dinner/dance from 7-11 p.m. at the Posse Lodge.
Watch videos of Hearne on Youtube and at billhearne.com.
“What a great guy he is and a tremendous musician. He’s another fantastic musician that proves that the Southwest is the best place to catch great music,” Gordon said. “I doubt if I’ll ever understand the music business ‘suits’ of Nashville. Country music can be tremendous, don’t just give us bubble gum, great bodies and torn jeans.”
On Aug. 17, guitarist Carolyn Wonderland will bring blues and rock to Rover Park in White Rock. Check her out on Youtube and at carolynwonderland.com.
The shows are free and start at 7 p.m.