Ned Sublette

Western Classics with the Southwesterners

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Sublette's music is a good example of someone working with known styles whose attitude -- not toward the music but toward life in general -- is just a bit "off" from the normative, and somehow this makes the music just slightly different enough to be "avant." This CD, recorded in Albuquerque, NM, is the traditional straight roots music from which Sublette created a unique and eccentric cowboy/downtown music with impossibly great words (the infamous cattle mutilation song, and many others) that appeals equally to both country & western and new music fans. Recently, the music has been evolving through Tex-Mex border music and Cuban influences; Sublette traveled to Cuba to study the remaining authentic bands and musicians outside the cities. In the late '70s and early '80s, he produced many unusual new music programs of other composers' music (single compositions lasting most of the day, etc.), especially commissioned for National Public Radio in the Southwest. He produced a score for Chinese instruments written both in European and Chinese notations for an opera with text by Lawrence Weiner. Sublette runs a distributing company primarily for discs of real Cuban music.