Josh Grider is coming home.
The country music performer and Las Cruces native will perform March 3 at 7 p.m. at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. The indoor concert and dance, which will be during the Museum’s annual Cowboy Days weekend, is part of Grider’s spring tour to promote his highly anticipated new album, Good People.
Tickets for the concert can be purchased at www.joshgrider.com. A direct link for tickets to this show is: https://tickets.holdmyticket.com/tickets/304177. Tickets are $19.90 for everyone 11 and older. Age 10 and under are free.
“The hardest thing for people to admit about themselves is that they’re going to change,” says Grider. The country stalwart knows, because he’s done it himself. When you release eight albums, tour the country and abroad, sign publishing deals, top the Texas radio charts, and start a family all in just over a decade, you’re going to come out different than when you went in.
On Good People, the Grider turns the lessons he’s learned so far into an impressive collection of catchy, substantive country tunes — the kind that draw parallels between Grider and artists like Kacey Musgraves and Steve Earle. But Grider delivers them with a smooth neo-traditional baritone to rival Joe Nichols and melodic hooks that, when they hit you just right, feel timeless on first listen.
Lead single “Good People” is the perfect example. Written with longtime collaborator Bobby Hamrick and James Slater (who has hits with Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney, among others), “Good People” is Grider’s reminder to himself that, no matter all the tragedy we see on our TV screens, there are so many good people outnumbering the bad.
Slated for release on March 2, Good People is beautifully understated, warm in delivery, and not afraid to embrace melancholy. It’s the kind of record that could, and should, redefine a career.
Cowboy Days at the Museum is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 3, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 4. Admission is $5 for everyone 5 and older.
The 19th Annual event is the Museum’s way of paying tribute to the state’s ranching traditions. Cowboy Days features the CASI Chili Cook-Off, cowboy music, demonstrations, gunfight re-enactments, chuck wagon cooking, living history, and children’s activities, including pony rides, miniature train rides, mechanical bull rides, crafts, and much more.
The Museum is located at 4100 Dripping Springs Road in Las Cruces. For more information, please call (575) 522-4100.