Jerry Faires (1940- )
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Biographical information courtesy of the artist's website:
"Jerry 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."