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This summer, Murphey's Rocking 3M Chuckwagon Amphitheater has partnered with Texas Red's Steakhouse for its 10th anniversary, with a series of outdoor concerts (a tented venue is on-site in case of rain) featuring Texas Red's brisket and cowboy food and the legendary music of Murphey and his band. There will be dinner concerts throughout the months of July and August and into September.

We caught up with the ever-busy Murphey long enough to ask a few questions.

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This Friday, June 18, at 6 p.m., there will be a live performance by Laguna Munta at Heads Up Music (216 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Suite C). The event will celebrate the long-anticipated release of the concept album, “Chuck.”

Kristopher Messick (aka Laguna Munta), the composer-lyricist-producer behind “Chuck,” is the first to credit collaboration for bringing the project to fruition. In addition to Messick’s original music, the album features the voice-acting gifts of talented locals Michelle Moore, Michelle Messick, Johnny Messick, Jake Concha, Dean Montavon, Caroll Oden, Athena Davies, and Messick’s girlfriend of over a decade, Myste Smith.

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David Garver has entertained Taos -- and made us laugh, cry, think and wonder -- since the 1980s. As an actor, his roles over the decades have included the tortured priest in Tennessee Williams' "Night of the Iguana," Caliban in Shakespeare's "The Tempest," painter Mark Rothko in "RED," as well as roles in "Waiting for Godot," "Equus," his original one-man "Sage and Fool" shows and more. He co-wrote, produced and starred in a film, "The Walking Shadow of Danny O'Shea," in addition to being featured in many other films and TV shows. As a singer/guitarist, he has fronted bands from his '80s supergroup, The Boheims, to his most recent incarnation, Bones of Romeo.

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Taos musician Zephaniah Stringfield is set to release a new full-length album in April 2021. "Ipse Dixit" features Stringfield's original songs and instrumental arrangements and a stellar line-up of Taos (and Kansas) talent, including Peter Oviatt, Bob Andrews, Max Moulton, Paul Greenhaw, Tom Pryor, Brent Berry, Miles Bonny, Nick Cohon, Rachael Penn and Juancho Stambaugh, Jesse Carr and Adel Bengo. Stringfield is co-producing the album with Peter Oviatt of Moonflower Sounds in Taos.

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It's been about a decade since Jimmy Stadler, one of Taos' most popular musicians, released his last CD. He has received many requests from his fans for a new one over the years, and it has been on his mind. Then, in November 2019, he wrote a song called "Super Ability" for the sister of one of his music students who had cerebral palsy. He credits writing that song with giving him the creative spark needed to work on a new album. His slowed-down schedule due to the pandemic also helped, Stadler said in a phone interview.

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While the coronavirus pandemic is wearing on us all in so many ways, some creatives are finding the long hours of staying at home conducive to making their art.

Keyboardist and vocalist Bob Andrews is one of them. He recently released a new album of original songs, recorded at his home studio here in Taos. Titled "Alone," the album was a project Andrews started last December. He has worked on it throughout the pandemic, while he's been staying at home.

Jackson Price has been a fixture on the Taos music scene for more than a decade. Price came to Taos from Los Angeles, California, where he spent 15 years doing bit parts in movies, guest spots on TV shows and commercials. After playing lead guitar in a Los Angeles-based blues band called the Mighty Mojo Prophets, he decided to move his family to New Mexico.

Americana musician songwriter Boris McCutcheon opted out of the East Coast star-making machinery early in his career and chose family, community and the remote beauty of Northern New Mexico over fame.