This is the second CD recorded by Frank McCulloch & Friends. It consists of music that has been sung and played in New Mexico for many years. Many of these songs are in the collection of John Donald Robb (1892-1989), an ethnomusicologist and composer who gathered traditional music of the American Southwest. Some melodies are Mexican and others are New Mexican in origin.
Frank McCulloch y sus Amigos continue to perform most Sundays at Java Joe’s Downtown coffee shop in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
This CD was recorded at Frank’s art studio by Jack Loeffler - aural historian, writer, radio producer and sound collage artist
Frank McCulloch (senior) is a native New Mexican born in Gallup of mixed heritage, including Irish and Hispanic roots. His father ran Harvey House Hotels in Gallup and in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Frank grew up hearing the folk music of the region and Mexico, and began playing music in the 1950s. He has recorded many songs for the J.D. Robb collection of New Mexico folksongs. Frank taught high school art for 30 years, and is a well-known landscape painter.
Luis Campos is often seen around town playing flamenco music either solo or with flamenco groups. He studied guitar in Spain and has a degree in guitar performance from hte University of New Mexico. He has produced several CDs of compositions, both original and traditional.
Melody Mock grew up in a musical family close to the Mexican border. She started playing violin at the age of three, and toured with her family playing classical guitar in a five-member group up until the age of 13. She began playing music again when invited to join Frank and Bob LaPlante at Java Joe’s one Sunday.