Such musical legends as Bo Diddley, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, and the Fireballs basked in New Mexico's light for parts of their careers. More recent musicians whose music really reflects the state include Mansanares, two brothers who grew up in Abiquiu, known for their Spanish guitar and soulful vocals. Look for their album Nuevo Latino. Master flute player Robert Mirabal's music is informed by the ceremonial music he grew up with at Taos Pueblo. Check out his 2006 Grammy Award-winning album Sacred Ground. Using New Mexico as his creative retreat since the 1980s, Michael Martin Murphy often plays live here, where fans always cheer for his most notable song, "Wildfire." The Best of Michael Martin Murphey gives a good taste of his music. Country music superstar Randy Travis calls Santa Fe home. His newest release, Around the Bend, is a treasure, as are his classics. My favorite musician who resides in Santa Fe is Ottmar Liebert and his band the Luna Negra. All of their flamenco-inspired music is rich with New Mexico tones. Check out their CD Leaning into the Night.

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