Photo: Tammy Zibners

Photo: Tammy Zibners

Lone Piñon is an acoustic trio from Northern New Mexico whose music celebrates the diversity of their region's cultural roots.  Using violin, accordion, guitar, jarana huasteca, quinta huapangera, bajo sexto, guitarrón, tololoche and harmony vocals in Spanish, English, and Nahuatl, the group has revived and updated the Chicano stringband style that once flourished in New Mexico, bringing a devoted and explosive musicianship to Northern New Mexican polkas and chotes, virtuosic Mexican huapango and son calentano, and classic borderlands conjunto.

New Mexico has long been a crossroads of cultures, and its musical landscape reflects its history of diversity.  Lone Piñon is part of a new generation of musicians who embrace the full scope of that complexity.  Onstage, they cluster around a single microphone and play with a contagious energy, tying together several dozens of dance forms that resonate in their home state.  The result is a new sound, rooted in respect for the past and undeniably alive.

The band features three musicians whose careers have woven through a wide spectrum of roots music before converging in 2012 in Northern New Mexican and Mexican music.  

Jordan Wax (fiddle, accordion, vocals) grew up in Missouri and was traditionally trained by master Ozark fiddler Fred Stoneking and Central Missouri dance fiddler John White.  He worked as bandleader and accordionist for a Jewish dance band for years before his work with Missouri and New Mexican fiddle styles inspired him to travel to Mexico for a 6-month immersion in Mexican huapango fiddling, where he learned from Rolando "El Quecho" Hernandez of Trio Chicontepec, Casimiro Granillo of Trio Chicamole, and a variety of local fiddlers in the Huasteca region of San Luis Potosí.  His studies of traditional New Mexico dance music have been guided and inspired in the past years by Tomás Maes (mandolinist of Santa Fe, NM) and Antonia Apodaca (accordionist and guitarist of Rociada, NM).

Greg Glassman (guitar, jarana huasteca, vocals) is from Brooklyn, New York.   He started his life in music as a drummer, Elvin Jones being the lighthouse in the storm.  After traveling to Morocco to explore the connection between clawhammer banjo and traditional Gnawa music, he settled into the roots music scene of Boston singing pre-war gospel music with the Sacred Shakers (Signature Sounds).  Later, travels to Veracruz cemented his love for the rich and diverse Son traditions in Mexico.  He has composed soundtracks for several feature length films, most notably an original banjo score for Ken Burn's 'Baseball'.

Noah Martinez (guitarrón, quinta huapanguera, tololoche, bajo sexto) grew up in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque immersed in the music of his community: Onda Chicana, New Mexican rancheras, punk rock, norteño, honky-tonk, Western swing, and the jaranero movement. For 5 years he was the regular bassist for The Knightcappers of Albuquerque's North Valley, where he learned to play ranchera and onda chicana under the guidance of seasoned musicians. He is a descendant of several generations of activists who have worked to protect the agricultural and cultural traditions of Native New Mexicans and he raises sheep and goats on his family's land in the North Valley of Albuquerque.

Highlight Past Performances:

World music wednesdays at the old-town school of folk music, chicago


Globalquerque! World Music and Culture Festival

Albuquerque Folk Festival

True/False Documentary Film Festival


In February of 2016 Lone Pinon released their first album, "Trio Nuevomexicano"  recorded live at Frogville Studios in Santa Fe, NM.  Their second album, "Días Felices," was released nationally and internationally in March 2017 by Living Music Dupli-cation (

Ultimately, you sense the band’s deep respect for the music and cultures from which it emerged, honoring its integrity with the purity of their all acoustic instrumental approach. There is no updating going on, but there is a subtle blending, like a good spice mix, as they bring their diverse backgrounds to this music. New Mexico itself, you might remember, was Mexico (along with Arizona, Texas Nevada and California) until what is called on this side of the border the Mexican-American War of 1846-47, which resulted in massive U.S. expansion. It has the highest percentage of both Hispanic and Indigenous populations of any contiguous U.S. state. But it’s also close to the Midwest and it of course borders Texas and Oklahoma. All of this is present in New Mexico, and it is present in the music of Lone Piñon as well.

But enough of academics! Lone Piñon are, first and foremost, crack musicians and singers, but the casualness of their presentation belies this expertise, instead conjuring the feel of a gathering of good friends. Jordan Wax kills on Huapango style vocals, and when Glassman joins in on harmonies, the effect is magic, made all the more so by their unique one microphone presentation. The interplay between fiddle and guitar, anchored by Martinez’s flawless bottom on the guitarrón, will make your jaw drop, then pull it back up into a wide grin.
— Don Macica of Border Radio, Chicago, IL.
Exceptionally good.
— fRoots Magazine
It’s a challenge not to clap, tap, or sway along with these rhythms... Listening to this album highlights the pleasure to be derived from cross cultural relationships. These Días Felices are uplifting.
— No Depression
Pinches güeros sí la aventaron machín!
— Delfino S.
They own each style with a genuine sincerity, three instruments, astonishing skills and complete dedication to their music [which] comes up, from this fresh treatment, renewed, alive and well. ...emotion and musicianship are obvious... Virtuosity is always there....Dont miss this.
— Le Cri du Coyote Magazine (France)
Es orgullo que nuestras tradiciones cruzen fronteras.
— Florencia H.

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Background image:  " El Baile de los Diablitos " by Javier Ramos Lucano, master ceramicist from Tonala, Jalisco.  More info about Javier's work at: