Thursday, February 19, 2009



Chris Abeyta, state Cultural Affairs Secretary Stuart Ashman and Claude Stephenson sing the official state song "O, Fair New Mexico" in the Capitol Rotunda about an hour ago for Culture Day at the Legislature.

Claude, who is state folklorist, said afterwards that he didn't hear me yell my request for "Dirty Water" after the state song. Probably because the crowd was going wild.

Full disclosure: Both Claude and Chris are old music buddies of mine. Claude played mandolin in my hastily-organized bluegrass band, Smilin' Ted & The Bluegrass Bird Beings, which won the 1986 (or was it 1985?) Fiddle & Banjo Contest. Chris, who is running unopposed for a seat on the Santa Fe Community College board, is a fellow KSFR jock. His show, Music y Palabras, 8 pm - 10 pm Sundays, comes on right before my Terrell's Sound World.