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Taos is full of hidden treasures -- people who are unheralded masters of their craft, happily working away without fuss or fanfare. Music producer, composer, instrumentalist and instrument-maker Miles Davis Ironwood is one of those treasures. We spoke with Ironwood and longtime girlfriend Samantha Trujillo over tacos on the Guadalajara Grill patio.
Last to Know has been entertaining Taos for an incredible 20 years. The band is comprised of founding member Dan Irion on mandolin and vocals, Scott Barady on percussion, Howie Roemer on keyboards, Curt West on bass, Randy Morris on drums and vocals, and Tom Pryor on guitar, pedal steel and vocals. They self-describe as a "discofunkgrass band" -- their roots are in bluegrass, and their effect is to facilitate a jamming dance party.
When the pandemic began to affect his ability to perform, singer-songwriter Michael Hearne picked up his guitar and started doing what he does best - writing songs.
Then, he called up his friend Don Richmond, owner of Howlin' Dog Records, and set himself up to start recording at Richmond's studio in Alamosa, Colorado. The result is "Better Days," a 12-track album that includes several of Hearne's newest songs written since the pandemic started, as well as a couple of older ones that had not previously been recorded. A few covers are thrown in for good measure. "Better Days" was produced by Hearne and Don Richmond who have worked together on many recording projects.
When the Foggy Memory Boys played their show on March 10 in Telluride, Colorado, they had no way of knowing it would be their last for months.
For five years, musicologist Claire Detels has presented a Great Women Composers concert here in Taos in celebration of March as Women's History Month. This year's sixth concert, under the auspices of Taos Soundscapes, was planned for Saturday (March 21), but has been canceled in light of efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus. It is the first time Taos Soundscapes has ever canceled a concert.