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Folk legends celebrated in upcoming film ‘New Mexico Rain’

“New Mexico Rain” is a story about the love, tenacity and talent of Bill and Bonnie Hearne. Even though Bill was legally blind and Bonnie was totally blind, these two were able to take their musical talent and turn it into a successful music career and marriage. 

The husband-and-wife duo first emerged in the late ’60s as proponents of the Austin, Texas country-folk scene. Over the following decades, they remained early and enthusiastic supporters of area performers including Lyle Lovett, Nanci Griffith, and Tish Hinojosa. 

While many of their protégés subsequently went on to great commercial success, the Hearnes languished in relative obscurity and ultimately moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. They remained a popular draw on the folk festival circuit and their regular gigs at area hotel bars consistently sold out. 

After a series of shoestring-budget self-releases, the Hearnes secured the financial backing of friend Barney Crutchfield and with producer Jim Rooney they recorded their 1997 Warner Western debut, Diamonds in the Rough. 

Bunee Tomlinson’s current film “New Mexico Rain” is slated to show in numerous festivals. It is the touching story of Bill and Bonnie Hearne. 

A screening of “New Mexico Rain” will be shown at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe on August 29 at 7:30 p.m. The center is located at 211 W San Francisco St Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501. 

There will be another screening of the film in Albuquerque at the KiMo Theatre on September 28. Click here for more information on film “New Mexico Rain.” 

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