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Jonathan Lee Pickens - Musician

Jon performs regularly with his son Walker on their patio and outdoor stage at the Inscription Rock Trading & Coffee Co. in El Morro
Adoring friends, neighbors and passersby enjoy the music and dance on the patio at a summer afternoon mini-concert by Jon his son Walker & friends, on their outdoor stage.
Jonathan Lee Pickens (left) debuts his new song 'Paso Por Aqui" in front of the natural oasis pool at El Morro National Monument, with his son Walker on drums and friend Don Grieser on mandolin.
The album cover to the album, "Music Beneath the Mesa" by Jonathan Lee Picken's & Friends

Name of Person: Jonathan Lee Pickens


Jon is one of the favorite local musicians in El Morro Valley, performing for adoring friends, neighbors and passersby on his outdoor patio and stage at the Inscription Rock Trading & Coffee Co, across the highway at the Old School Gallery, and even at the El Morro National Monument, one mile west of his trading post.

In 2011, Jonathan Lee Pickens recieved "Best Americana CD of the Year" Award from the National Traditional Country Music Association for his album Music Beneath The Mesa

See Country Music News International article


Full Explanation

Jonathan Lee Pickens, (born in Weed, California), began his music career in the Spokane Valley at the age of 12 after teaching himself to play on his great grandmother’s 1890 George Washburn guitar. His first professional gig was at the age of 14 and he has been playing and writing songs ever since. In 1985 Jonathan and his wife-to-be Pamela Lee Curtis moved to Nashville, Tennessee where Jonathan worked as a staff songwriter for three music publishers over the course of 16 years on Music Row. While in Tennessee they were married (1986) and in 1989, blessed with the birth of their talented son, Walker Lee Pickens, a drummer/percussionist.

In 2001, Jonathan, Pamela, and Walker Lee moved to the El Morro Valley of New Mexico, a magical place high in the Zuni Mountains. In 2004 they opened their business, Inscription Rock Trading & Coffee Co. and began hosting musical events on their outdoor stage. During this time Jonathan began his musical collaboration with Don Grieser, a multi-talented musician, writer, founding member of the well known bluegrass band, Raising Cane, and owner of Adobe in the Pines Recording Studio.  During Christmas 2007, Jonathan’s great grandmother’s guitar came back to him in New Mexico, via his brother-in-law; Pete Pride (Thanks Pete!).

For More Information, Contact:

Jonathan Lee Pickens
HC 61 Box 5026, Ramah, NM 87321

kenny saunders wrote on December 15, 2012: I heard your "Arizona Wind" on BSU radio one day. Really nice!I missed talking to you at the PBR.Your site is cool. look forward to seeing you sometime. KS

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Latitude: 35.041996200
Longitude: -108.237004300
Elevation: 7401 FT (2256 M)
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