Music of the New Mexico Frontier: From the Santa Fe Trail to Statehood
Centennial Music by Mark Gardner and Rex Rideout
Santa Fe (June 21, 2012)—Music historians Mark Gardner and Rex Rideout return to the New Mexico History Museum with an evening of songs celebrating the Centennial at 6 pm on Friday, July 20. “Music of the New Mexico Frontier: From the Santa Fe Trail to Statehood” is a free, family-friendly event in the History Museum auditorium. (The museum is open for free to everyone from 5-8 pm on Fridays.)
Come along on a musical ride from the time of Zebulon Pike’s entry into Nuevo Mexico, through the Civil War, the outlaw days of Billy the Kid, and more. With fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and bones, Gardner and Rideout will perform songs that were not only popular at the time, but were inspired by New Mexico people and events.
Gardner is the author and editor of many books on the American West, including Jack Thorp’s Songs of the Cowboys and To Hell on a Fast Horse: The Untold Story of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett. Gardner’s musical partner, Rex Rideout, appeared as the Old West fiddle player in the recent movie blockbuster Cowboys & Aliens. The duo's music is heard on the soundtracks of numerous television documentaries and National Park Service films.
New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors
(505) 476-1141; (505) 554-5722 (cell)
The New Mexico History Museum is the newest addition to a campus that includes the Palace of the Governors, the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States; Fray Angélico Chávez History Library; Palace of the Governors Photo Archives; the Press at the Palace of the Governors; and the Native American Artisans Program. Located at 113 Lincoln Ave., in Santa Fe, NM, it is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs.