Tucumcari scores immortality in song

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor I think a town really knows it has arrived when it’s been immortalized in song. Lots of cities never make the cut. My boss, who manages the Clovis, Portales and Tucumcari newsrooms for Freedom New Mexico, recently put out a plea on his blog for media references to the […]

Karaoke terrorism all in good fun

By Kevin WIlson: Freedom New Mexico The scene was a bar, nowhere near the confines of eastern New Mexico. It could have been any bar in America, with a dance floor, dart board and pool table to complement the alcohol and chicken wings. But it was Friday night, and columnist Kevin Wilson was in AnyBar. […]

Year’s pioneer named

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By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers T.Z. Duncan, who came to Roosevelt County in 1936, was named Pioneer of the Year during a reception held Friday evening at the Memorial Building in Portales. Local musician Chris Harrell kicked off the festivities with a medley of songs that celebrated the pioneer spirit of nominees Duncan and Irene […]

Downloadable music changing face of industry

Editorial As you navigate the process of downloading 1,000 songs onto that MP3 player you got for Christmas, and then wonder how you’re ever going to find them on there, you can ponder for a moment the disappearance of all the hardware that used to be involved with being a music fan — and its […]

“… Working on dreams in the streets of Portales …”

By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers At a time in his life when people around him were moving on from college and graduation was sneaking up on him, singer and songwriter Andy Mason wrote what would eventually become Portales’ theme song. During one night in May of 2003, Mason took his guitar over to a friend’s […]

Bellamy Brothers to headline Dairy Fest

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer The first Dairy Fest will be held at the Curry County Fairgrounds in Clovis from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, with games and activities to educate the community about dairy products. Topping the night off will be a performance by country duo the Bellamy Brothers. […]

‘Alternative country’ working out well for Terry

Freedom Newspapers Kene Terry thinks performing on stage is great. Selling albums and getting on TV would be good too. But Terry’s not out for fame. He just likes jamming with his buddies. “I like the camaraderie,” Terry said. “I like when we get together and make it up as we go along.” Terry, of […]

Gay cowboy song penned by former resident

By Marlena Hartz In a house on the dry, windy plains of New Mexico, the first gay-themed country song performed by a major artist was penned. Lubbock-born singer-songwriter Ned Sublette wrote “Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly Fond of Each Other” when he spent time in his parents’ Portales home in the summer of 1981. His instrumental […]

Singing voice is illegal in nine states; but not N.M.

By Jim Lee: PNT columnist I was recently invited to present a talk to a Portales organization called P.E.O. Nobody I asked seemed to know what name those initials represented … either that or it was none of my business. However, I did learn that the organization does good work for this community and beyond. […]

Start each day with a song — speeches are another thing

By Jim Lee I was recently invited to present a talk to a Portales organization called P.E.O. Nobody I asked seemed to know what name those initials represented … either that or it was none of my business. However, I did learn that the organization does good work for this community and beyond. P.E.O. is […]