Santa Fe Performance Exchange
Bringing local and national musicians to Santa Fe venues
Jerry Faires and Bobby Bridger

Jerry Faires (left) and Bobby Bridger

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, 7:30 pm Jerry Faires and Bobby Bridger Admission: $15 at the door

Jerry Faires grew up listening to the radio bringing the sounds of the ’40’s and ’50’s into his hometown of Edinburg, Texas, just 13 miles from the Mexican border. The Rancheras and Norteno conjunto music mixed in the air with Texas swing and honky tonk bands like Bob Wills and Adolf Hofner and the Pearl Wranglers. Late night radio added country, gospel, bluegrass, as well as R&B and black artists like Bobby “Blue” Bland, Moms Mabley, and T-Bone Walker. Faires has been a singer all his life. “Since before memory…as a little kid, I sang for nickels and kisses. Still am…” Faires says with a smile. Then in high school in the late ’50’s, folk music began to blend with his more formal school choir training. Then at the age of 23, Faires bought his first Martin guitar, and began a life-long love affair with the boxes of thin beautiful wood with wires attached, and lovely tone waiting inside, and began at once to write songs. Just around Summer Solstice, 1968, Jerry Faires moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where his artistic expression grew to include silver, turquoise, and other fine stones. Jerry’s life and art continue to thrive in the mountains of Northern New Mexico.

Bobby Bridger is singer/songwriter/poet/actor/playwright/author and painter who for three decades has traveled the globe performing a trilogy of one man shows for audiences in America, Canada, Europe, Australia and Russia. He has recorded numerous albums on Monument, RCA and Golden Egg Records and has appeared twice on PBS’s “Austin City Limits”, on ABC’s “Good Morning America”, on NPR, A&E and C-Span. He is the composer of “Heal In The Wisdom”, the official anthem of the internationally famous Kerrville Folk Festival for 25 years. Bridger has been an artist-in-residence at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, WY., the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT., the John G. Neihardt Center in Bancroft, NE. and Yellowstone National Park. Bridger starred in Dale Wasserman’s groundbreaking musical, Shakespeare and The Indians and was featured with David Carradine and Will Sampson in the drama Black Elk Speaks. Full company productions of Bridger’s Seekers of the Fleece ran for eight consecutive summer seasons in Wyoming. He is the author of the award-winning book, Buffalo Bill and Sitting Bull: Inventing The Wild West, A Ballad of the West, and contributed essays to anthologies on western icons Frank Waters and John G. Neihardt as well as numerous magazine and newpaper features.

Even though Bobby Bridger has been on the road for over three decades with his trilogy of acclaimed one-man theatrical shows A Ballad of the West, he has continued to make appearances as a singer/songwriter across the country. His original style, found mostly on his earlier RCA records, landed him two gigs alongside B.W. Stevenson and Asleep at the Wheel on the first and third seasons of PBS’s Austin City Limits, not to mention an entire chapter in Jan Reid’s legendary book about the Austin music scene, The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock. Bridger also spent years working in Nashville with Fred Carter, Jr. and produced several albums for RCA records. Indeed, his career as a singer/songwriter has only continued to blossom since then.