While driving through New Mexico from playing engagements in Texas to visit my grandchildren, I was led to meet a man I didn’t know prior to that fateful encounter.
Turns out Clovis, New Mexico was “put on the map” by Norman and Vi Petty who had a recording studio there in the 50’s. They established what became known as “The Clovis Sound” recording such notables as Waylon Jennings, Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly and the Crickets. I learned all this while touring the museum in the basement of the Clovis Chamber of Commerce, which featured a replica of the Petty Studio and a 50’s era diner. I highly recommend it if you’re ever in the area.
While at the museum, I was listening to a man who seemed very knowledgeable about the whole scene. He mentioned a man who produced LeAnn Rimes’ hit song “Blue”. I had to ask: “How accessible is this guy?” He simply said: “Call him.” Well that’s what I did. To my surprise he called me right back and we set a time for me to record a couple of hours worth.
So on my way back to Virginia, I stopped at Johnny Mulhair’s Studio, met he and his lovely wife, Jill, and tracked a couple of tunes currently in the works. I had a great time working with Johnny. He’s a very down-to-earth type of guy who obviously loves music. His website states that Music Row Magazine in Nashville named him one of the top 10 guitar pickers in the nation at one point.
You know, it was a great blessing to me meeting with such talented, yet unassuming folks. I attribute it to my Heavenly Father who directs my path, even through the vast arid lands of southern New Mexico.
You just never know who you’ll meet along life’s highway, especially when Jesus is behind the wheel of your life.