About the Show
Composed of New Mexico Tech professors, students and researchers, Mine Country Drifters plays an eclectic mix of roots Americana, folk, country and bluegrass. The original MCD members started playing together in the New Mexico Tech music program with Gaby Benalil and have since spun off into a proud, Socorro-based band. They owe their textured sound to Hilary Kelly’s rich and resonant vocals, Wes McHaley’s nimble mandolin and fiddle, Dave Thomas’ bass extraordinaire (ala NMT’s famous alumni band, The Vigilantes), Pierce Mayadag’s hip drum rhythms, and Steve Simpson’s guitar, vocals and folk music repertoire. Together, they represent five different academic departments (Humanities, Psychology, Earth Sciences, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science).
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