Southwest Traditional & Bluegrass Music Association; aka Southwest Pickers


Railyard Reunion

Our Next Covenant Concert!

Saturday, November 28, 2015; 7-9:00p 

Railyard Reunion

Extend the Thanksgiving Holiday!  Bring the out of town relatives, or leave them at home and come on over for great music!  For more than five years, Tim Nolen and Railyard Reunion have been bringing their mix of Bluegrass and beyond to audiences in Northern New Mexico.

Tim Nolen – Banjo, vocals

Tim (the ‘ole cowboy) has lived about four lives already: rodeo rider (saddle bronc), jazz trumpet player, international opera star and Broadway leading man.  Tim was The Phantom, in Phantom of The Opera, on Broadway! And he’s not even twenty yet!  Well, maybe in dog years.  His family always played bluegrass on the radio when he was just a young caballero. They called it Hillbilly music. He thought it was low class then and hated it.  Kids.  Humph.  He’s gone back to his roots… it happens, folks.  Now he’s playing the banjo and singing the good stuff again.  Halleluah.

Dan Michael – Mando, vocals

Dan started playing guitar in the 60’s focusing on folk music, finger picking, blues and the like.  In the late 70’s early 80’s he became a card-carrying Turkey (inspired by Norman Blake) while playing with an Old-time/Irish band in Columbus OH during his grad school years called;  you guessed it, Turkeys in the Straw.  Playing with the Turkeys, the list of fiddle tunes flying around his brain kept expanding.   Several years into the new millennium he picked up a Weber Mando, and can’t put it down.  “Where has this been all my life?”. Playing mando for Railyard Reunion is pushing Dan into bluegrass and beyond… who knows where it will lead?

Dave Kuncicky – Fiddle, vocals

Dave has played the fiddle for a long time and hopes to play a while longer. Hear some of his fiddle tunes at

Lonnie Otah-Mayer Guitar-vocals 

Lonnie has been playing his guitar for quite some time now. After his initial stint with the various obligatory rock ensembles of his art school days, Lonnie found himself touring the world with the illustrious performance show band the Pink Flamingos. Searching to broaden his musical horizons he teamed up with Syd Masters(cowboy singer extraordinaire) and boy can they swing! I tell you what! Then much to his surprise he was phoned up by the one and only Tim Nolen (the ole cowboy himself). Acoustic music has been Lonnie’s passion for the past few years and continues to inspire. Oh yeah, and he’s related to Pete Seeger.

Dave Dillman – Bass, vocals

Dave started in music in high school, playing banjo in coffeehouses during the dread “Folk Scare”. After a long hiatus, he was drafted into the Chicago bluegrass band, The Bluegrass Outfielders. While in Chicago he helped found Whistlepig and played with The Backporch Barbeque Ramblers and Terry Breen and the Has Beens along with many bluegrass jams. Dave was a founding member of Railyard Reunion and has returned after some time off for pesky things like a day job.

2015 Bluegrass Headliner:

Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen

2015 Old Time Headliner:

Uncle Henry’s Favorites