Retired ENMU music director performs at Christmas concert

Jack King Louis Burkel has spent a lifetime with music, either playing it or teaching it to others. Burkel, who retired in 1980 as director of the school of music at Eastern New Mexico University, began playing in the 1930s in his native Missouri and began teaching it there in 1940. A devotee of the […]

Preaching through rap

Darrell Todd Maurina Speakers blared. Fans clapped. And a jean-clad man on the stage belted out rap music lyrics before an audience of revved-up teenagers. The scene might have been mistaken for a rap concert filled with disaffected youth — except for the words being sung from the stage. “Anybody ashamed of Jesus up here?” […]

Eclectic singer entertains audience

Helena Rodriguez From deeply-moving to toe-tapping to whimsical, Golden-Globe winning songstress Lila Downs charmed a Clovis audience Tuesday night at Marshall Auditorium. Downs’ concert was well-attended, featuring unusual yet captivating numbers that ranged from jazzy to folksy to tropical Latin rhythms. Several items in her repertoire can be heard in motion pictures. The audience of […]

Portales-based band hits No. 1 on Mexican music chart

Helena Rodriguez A new record label and a new singer, but an old song, have helped a Portales-based Norteño music band land the No. 1 spot on Billboard magazine’s Regional Mexican music chart. The band, Los Huracanes del Norte – who live on a ranch at the Midway Convention Center, between Portales and Clovis – […]

Music teacher in tune with music world

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By Helena Rodriguez Connie Sunday may be new to Portales, but the professional musician and teacher is making herself known in both local and national music circles. Not only has she developed a roster of private students since she moved here from Albuquerque four months ago, but she is also mentioned twice in the September […]

Singer/songwriter inspires youth with music, words

Helena Rodriguez It took Jana Stanfield until the age of 33 to make the move to Nashville and do music full time. Today, the successful singer and songwriter, a native of Clovis and alumni of Eastern New Mexico University, considers herself privileged to make a living doing what she loves and has made time the […]

Area teen to perform at celebration in Clovis

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Helena Rodriguez When Lucero Davalos walked away from a truck rollover near Floyd last September without a broken bone, she told Jesus to do with her life as he wanted. From there, the 17-year-old said things just seemed to fall in place when she began taking a more active role with her father Abraham’s Spanish […]

Jana Stanfield headlines concert and youth rally

Helena Rodriguez She’s a multi-platinum selling songwriter. Her music has been featured on the movie, “Eight Seconds.” Her story has appeared in “Third Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul.” And yet many people have never heard of Jana Stanfield. Stanfield – a Clovis native and graduate of Eastern New Mexico University – sometimes referred […]

Country show a feature at county fair

PNT Staff John Michael Montgomery, LeAnn Rimes and Martina McBride all used the Colgate Country Showdown as a steppingstone to jump start their music careers. And at this year’s Roosevelt County Fair, 18 will try to follow their path toward country music’s elite. The event is one of many to will fill a tight schedule […]

Porter Henry

Porter Henry Services: 3 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Portales. Mr. Porter Davis “Pat” Henry, 61, of Portales, died Monday, April 28, 2003, at his home. He was born on May 25, 1941, in Carlsbad, to Madge and A.P. Henry. He graduated from Carlsbad High School in 1959. He attended Eastern New […]