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Arizonan Singer-Songwriters Invited to Perform, Share Stories at the MIM

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Updated: Monday, April 23, 2012 18:04


Courtesy of Mark Zubia

Behind every good song there is an even better story. With this in mind, the Musical Instrument Museum invited five Arizona musicians to sit and share their memories and talents in a living room setting.

Walt Richardson and Hans Olson are household names that can always be found playing shows all over the Valley. Jesse Valenzuela is the original lead singer for the Gin Blossoms, and brothers Mark and Lawrence Zubia have been involved in multiple bands such as the Chimeras, which became the Pistoleros, the Persuaders, Los Guys, and Los Thieves. They began their musical careers playing guitar and singing in their father’s mariachi band.

“It was a great introduction to music for me,” Mark said. “The music obviously has so much emotion and it’s either really happy or really sad but either way it’s very emotive.”

Mark and Lawrence discovered English music together and started writing songs together when they were teenagers. From there, their musical careers blossomed. Sadly, Mark said he doesn’t get a chance to see Olson, Richardson or Valenzuela play often.

“I’m excited to play with all these guys that I’ve watched for years and respect so much, to share songs and share music and share stories and learn something,” he said.

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