"It just kind of happened, and those are the best," he said.

"Setting Son" came about when Ayon's record label, Solitary Records out of Chicago, asked him to record four songs for a compilation album that would include two other one-man bands. Before he knew it, he had enough material for a full album.

He recorded 12 songs for "Setting Son" last year in Las Cruces and it's now available online at iTunes and CD Baby. Hard copies may be purchased locally at Hubbard's Music-n-More, Hastings, Mountain Music and Vintage Wines.

"Setting Son" is a collection of hill country, a style of Mississippi blues with forefathers the likes of Junior Kimbrough, R.L. Burnside, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and Robert Belfour.

"Those guys are just awesome," Ayon said. "That music is so ingrained in who those guys were. I don't know, maybe that's what I like about it. They built their own myths about themselves."

The album is heavy on the blues. It has a simple beat, making it perfect for a one-man band, such as CW Ayon, to play.

Ayon plays all instrument parts - even sometimes with a harmonica around his neck. He has a kick drum at his feet, a tambourine around one shoe, a guitar on his lap and a microphone in front of his lips.

As a youngster, music from the '50s and '60s struck his musical interest. He loved the way real instruments sounded compared to the new stuff that seemed to have an unattractive gloss over it, he said.

In "Setting Son" Ayon stays true to the essence of previous albums. In true blues fashion, there are songs about broken hearts and the pain that comes after a good woman leaves.

It's easy to connect to the emotions in this album, as well as Ayon's other work. In true blues fashion, they're down to earth, relatable and great for dancing.

Ayon has steadily released albums since 2009.

 

Andi Murphy may be reached at 575-541-5453.

 

Discography

"Setting Son," 2014

"Live at the Rio Grande Theatre," 2013

"Lohmador," 2012

"Ain't No Use in Moving," 2011

"Is What It Is," 2010

"Gone," 2009