The Hard Road Trio: 4 NM Music Award nominations!

May 12, 2016

Hi Friends,

The Trio is proud to announce that 4 of our tunes from Smoke and Redemption are in the finals for New Mexico Music Awards: “All We Never Knew” for Bluegrass, “Dry as a Bone” for both Folk and Arrangement, and “City of God” for Gospel. Thanks to Nate Lee, Peter McLaughlin and Nick Coventry for their contributions on the first two songs. (And to the man who engineered the CD, Steve Smith!) The awards banquet will happen sometime this summer, and we’ll keep you posted.

Speaking of Nick Coventry, we are so fortunate that he’ll be joining us on fiddle for the Memorial Day Weekend. Nick ( can be heard playing hot Django jazz with the Black Market Trust and bluegrass with other fantastic players on the Tucson scene. Shows include the Hillsboro Community Center 5/28, Riverfest in Farmington 5/29 and Sacred Grounds in Ruidoso 5/30. Please see the calendar below for more information.

Re: the Tucson music scene, a huge thank you to Desert Bluegrass Association, the Marana Bluegrass Festival and Jim Sanchez for inviting us over this year. On Sunday the weather drove us off the stage and into a grassy jam with Peter McLaughlin for the intrepid music lovers who stuck around. We had a great time! Thanks, Peter! (And thanks to Riccardo and staff at Wine Attitude in El Paso for hosting our show 4/8.)

There are still spaces available for those interested in the Songwriter Intensive at the Black Range Lodge May 20-22. We’ll continue to update info at:

Please contact Chris at 575-571-5298 or if you have questions or would like to reserve your spot.

Coming up Friday, June 3rd, Anne will make a special guest appearance performing with Joe Baxter and Andrea MacMullin at the Blue Door in Oklahoma City. It’s a great listening space and a great chance to hear original Oklahoma tunes as well as unique covers. Speaking of, Anne will also join Joe Baxter and the Gone Girls at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah in July. The festival runs July 13-17, with the performance schedule coming soon.

Steve has been working on the finishing touches on the latest Tim May and Steve Smith recording and just had the honor of playing a track on the new Nate Lee project due out this summer. Along with these goings on he just finished recording a number of tracks for the El Paso group Dusty Low and starts work on a new projects with New Orleans jazz vocalist Cindy Scott and old friend Bob Einweck from Tucson.

We heard mention lately that music brings us back to life. Thanks for being a part of ours!

The Hard Road Trio uses Ellis mandolins, Oldwave octave mandolins, GHS strings, Calton Cases, K and K pickups, Red-Eye preamps and Shubb Capos.

Thanks, Anne, Chris and Steve

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