|Jerry Faires, a fourth generation Texan born in 1940 and raised in the Rio Grande River Delta region
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
Jerry's life and art continue to thrive in the mountains of Northern New Mexico.