The Sons of the Rio Grande formed as a trio in 1996 from veterans of the active Western music scene in the Rio Grande valley of central New Mexico. They shared a desire to build a strong acoustic band with a lean, vocal-oriented sound. The result is a stirring combination of tight trio harmony and lively instrumental work that evokes the original Sons of the Pioneers, but builds on that excellent tradition with material spanning a century of Western music, including several original compositions from founding members Walen Mickey, Rob Croft and Larry Ruebush. Having grown to a quartet with the addition of bassist Richard Twilley, the Sons of the Rio Grande released their eagerly awaited second album, The Westerner. Walen’s song Stay in the Saddle from that CD took the trophy for Best Western Song of 2010 at the New Mexico Music Awards. The title track of their debut album, Rob’s song The Spirit & Beauty of the West, won the New Mexico Music Industry Award for Best Folk Song of 2004. The Rio as Seen by the Sons With the scenery and majesty displayed in the Rio New Mexico area, it is no wonder that the Sons of the Rio Grande are producing the style and flavor of the west. The Rio as Seen by the Sons

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