Lara Manzanares is a bilingual singer-songwriter of Northern New Mexican heritage. In addition to singing the Mexican boleros, rancheras, and corridos of her sheep- ranching childhood, Lara also composes her own style of music in both English and Spanish. Through a combination of storytelling and songs both playful and sincere, Lara draws on her rural New Mexican roots and her experiences living in urban environments across the U.S. and abroad as she sings about love, loss, a sense of place, and her own connection to the land.
Land Baby Wins Album of the Year!
Land Baby had a big night at the 2018 New Mexico Music Awards this year, bringing home two trophies: Album of the Year and Best Package Design! (Photos by Alexandra Rose, Package Design by Lara Manzanares)
I had a blast performing at the event with Jono Manson (who also played on, produced, and recorded Land Baby), Noah Martinez, and Rafael Herrera, decked out in some kick-ass jewelry by Gloria Valencia, with my family gathered to share the moment with me. I was honored to meet and share the stage with so many talented artists. The full list of nominees and winners is posted at http://newmexicomusicawards.com. And of course, if you'd like to purchase Land Baby and see where I'll be playing next, just scroll down!
"Singer-songwriter Lara Manzanares won best album honors at this year's New Mexico Music Awards for her album Land Baby. Here she carries out her mission with focus and drive, employing a voice both powerful and emotive, backed by instrumental conceits that reflect her deep, desert-borne connection to la tierra in Nuevo Mexico. From simple constructions like "Census Song" to more fleshed out produce such as "Rapunzel," Manzanares' voice shimmers, shines and soothes. Her backing band is top-notch too; the recording is as shockingly clear as a summer, star-strewn night out in the wilderness. (...) ... her range is magnificent and her overall tone as pure as the land itself."– The Weekly Alibi, June 28 2018(Translated from Dutch):
"In addition to being very beautiful and very varied with both folk and Spanish-language songs, Lara Manzanares's new album Land Baby is also particularly relevant to the discussion on migration. (...) Lara Manzanares proves herself to be a strong singer with beautiful light-footedness and melancholy in her voice. (...) Wonderful is the melancholic 'Loss' and the rocking sixties-like 'Love in the City'. A highlight is 'Borderlands', which is a sensitive song, with beautiful trumpet and accordion work by Rothschild. (...) ... an album as a plea for a bridge and against a wall."– Richard Wagenaar, TheNextGig.nl
Full Review in Dutch:
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Hard Copies Also Available!
The album includes a fold-out cover and lyrics booklet with Spanish/English translations of all the tracks, and won an award for Best Package Design at the 2018 New Mexico Music Awards. You can pick one up at the the locations listed below, or order yours online from CDBaby.com:
Pick up a copy of the album at:
- Nob Hill Music
3419 Central NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
- Rust Is Gold Coffeeshop
1321 Eubank Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112
- Red Earth Spirit
400A San Felipe St. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87104
SANTA FE, NM
- Santa Fe Farmers Market - Shepherd's Lamb Booth
Every Saturday from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
1607 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM
- 90.1 KCEI - Cultural Energy
112 Civic Plaza Drive
- The Chili Line Depot
38429 US Highway 285
Tres Piedras, NM 87577
LOS OJOS, NM
- Tierra Wools Handweaving Workshop
101 Main Street
Los Ojos, NM 87551
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
- Sun Rise Restaurant
3126 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
Sunday, October 7 | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Santa Fe Artists Market
at the Railyards, inside the Farmers Market Building
Santa Fe, NM
Saturday, October 13 | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Chili Line Depot
Tres Piedras, NM
Wednesday, November 14 | 7:30 pm
"Música del Corazón: Una Velada Nuevomexicana"
National Hispanic Cultural Center
KUNM 89.9 - Raíces
Host: Cristina Baccín
Air Date: July 12, 2018
I joined "Raíces" host Cristina Baccín on the air at KUNM to talk about my musical background, my roots, and the bilingual nature of my songwriting. Tune in for some insight into the spanish/english side of my identity, and the unique personality each language brings to the creative process.
Note: For licensing reasons, the full-length songs from the album that were broadcast on the air have been shortened to clips for the podcast. My live mid-interview renditions, however, are included in full.