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Friday, May 22, 2009


Santa Fe, New Mexico- The Santa Fe Mix brings together top musicians with live performances at Milagro 139 restaurant in Santa Fe.  Hosted by David Schwartz and Clayton Cheek, the Santa Fe Mix features a musical sampler of the best musicians, singer-songwriters and performing artists emerging from the artist-rich region of Santa Fe and northern New Mexico.

The format of the show is a series of live 5-minute interviews with the artists followed by three songs from each, live on the Milagro 139 stage. The featured guests Monday, May 25 from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. are Jono Manson, Sharon Gilchrist, Wily Jim, and Terry Diers.

Schwartz and Cheek are veterans of the national music industry. Schwartz was the founder and former editor-in-chief of Mix magazine, the leading international music and audio technology trade magazine. Cheek is a high-profile member of the Nashville singer/songwriter community, with critically acclaimed recordings to his credit. He was also a classical music announcer for eleven years on PBS, and his voice has been heard in countless commercials for radio and television.

May 25 Performers
Jono Manson is a prolific singer/songwriter with major-label releases both as a recording artist and producer. "November" features his Santa Fe-based band, along with guest spots by local favorites like Hollie Farris, Jeff Watkins, Sharon Gilchrist and Tom Adler.

Wiley Jim, a cowboy singer steeped in swing jazz of the 1940's, has been performing professionally in various configurations from solo to a five piece band since 1975. He's shared the stage with artists including Ian Tyson, Riders in the Sky, Kix Brooks, Tish Hinojosa and Ramblin' Jack Elliot, in a variety of venues from music festivals to cowboy poetry gatherings. A self-taught guitarist, his guitar playing is a blend of styles including swing-era jazz, blues, South American, and Spanish.

Sharon Gilchrist is a long time Santa Fe favorite, with a silky sweet voice and a bluegrass mandolin. Originally from Southlake, Texas, Sharon has performed with artists including the Dixie Chicks, Peter Rowan and Tony Rice Quartet, Uncle Earl, and the Bill Hearne Trio. Gilchrist has worked with many independent artists in Nashville, both on mandolin and upright bass. Currently she performs in the Santa Fe All-Stars, along with Susan Holmes, Joe West and Ben Wright. Sharon is also showcased on the brilliant 2007 Rounder Records release "Quartet" by the Peter Rowan and Tony Rice Quartet.

Another popular figure on the Santa Fe music scene, Terry Diers has been singing pretty much his whole life, beginning at age 2 1/2 with his father, who was a singer and drummer. At 17 he played in a jug band on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour TV show from New York. Diers has been writing and performing his own songs all across America for over 30 years. There is a bit of the Church in Terry's music, and a whole lot of Cajun-spiced soul.

The May 25 performance will be broadcast the following week, June 1 on KBAC-FM 98.1, 10 p.m. to midnight, and will stream on the internet at

Upcoming June Schedule
June 1 performers:  Joe West, Jim Almand, Ramsey Scott and Jesus Bas.
June 8 performers: Alex Maryol, Bill Hearne, Boris McCutcheon and Victor Alvarez of Savor.

National Correspondents
Santa Fe Mix will provide insider reports on the national music scene with correspondents such as Mr. Bonzai, in LA, and Dan Daley in New York. Bonzai is a fixture in the LA music scene with a new book, Music Smarts, showcasing outrageous wit and wisdom from nearly 200 top music industry personalities whom he has interviewed through the years. Since 1980, Mr. Bonzai has written over 1000 articles for magazines in the U.S., Europe and Asia, including over 500 interviews with leading musicians, artists, directors, producers and media figures.

Dan Daley is a leading music journalist and author, covering the business and technology of the entertainment industry for over 17 years. His work has appeared in numerous publications, both trade and general interest, including Billboard, The New York Daily News, Mix Magazine, GRAMMY Magazine, American Way, Spin, History Channel, TravelHost, International Business, USA Today, ArchiTech, and many others

Mondays, 10 p.m. to midnight

Milagro 139, 139 W. San Francisco St, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The public is invited to attend the live performances. Admission is free.
Reservations recommended: 505-995-0139.
Tune in every Monday at 10 p.m. to hear The Santa Fe Mix on KBAC-FM 98.1, and streaming on


Jennifer Marshall


Jennifer Marshall