Merna Lewis coming home to the SLV with Nashville's Gone With the West

Courtesy photo Merna Lewis and her new Nashville-based all-star western band Gone With the West is scheduled to perform July 26 at Society Hall in Alamosa. Lewis has deep ties to the San Luis Valley.

Special performance is set for July 26 at Society Hall!

Society Hall is excited to welcome back to the Valley Merna Lewis with her new Nashville-based all-star western band Gone With the West, in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26.

The doors at 400 Ross Ave. in Alamosa will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door, and are available online at, or in Alamosa at the Green Spot, 711 State Ave.

Lewis is the niece of San Luis Valley fiddling legend Bettie Freel, and grew up playing with her Aunt Bettie and her mom, Bobbie Heersink in the Bowen String Band and many other ensembles.

Lewis has spent years now in the thick of things in Nashville, Tenn., playing her fiddle with many different bands and performers, often working eight shows a week.

“Now, she has joined forces with three other Nashville performers in a new western supergroup and is bringing it all back home for us here in the Valley,” organizers stated. Mary Kaye Holt, Micki Fuhrman, Tecia McKenna and Merna Lewis have fused their talents into an exciting new sound.

And here's a quote from a fellow that knows a bit about western music.

“Looks like a new supergroup has saddled up and is riding in over the horizon. With exquisite harmony, superb original songs and very fresh takes on western classics, you are not going to want to miss Gone With the West,” said Ranger Doug, Riders in the Sky

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