OCTOBER 6-9, 2022 




"DNA Music Camp includes intensive small-group instruction in vocals, banjo, mandolin, guitar, fiddle, bass and songwriting. This year the Trio, Tim May, Tom Adler will be back as well as the very fine Nashville fiddler, Kathy Kuhn. (Please stand by for one more faculty announcement!) This camp has significantly strengthened my fiddling technique and my jamming skills. As with the other camps, many return year after year, so it is quite the gathering of friends. As a firsttimer, you are warmly welcomed in, and if you go a second time, you are greeted like family."

In this ever changing health climate, we're working to create a safe environment to enjoy music together. We will abide by state mandates re: how we gather, and will continue to enjoy al fresco meals and classes in nature. 

Thanks to our 2021 participants, the folks at the Black Range Lodge and our stellar faculty: Tim May, Gerald Jones, Tom Adler, Mike Wehner, Steve Smith and Chris Sanders!

We invite you to join THE HARD ROAD TRIO at the historic Black Range Lodge on the edge  of the Gila Wilderness for three full days of acoustic music, quality instruction and an excellent gathering of  players, singers and writers. Camp takes place over Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples Weekend, beginning with a 5pm happy hour and dinner on Thursday evening and ending after lunch on Sunday. Please note that lodging and meals are arranged with Catherine at the Black Range Lodge. Camping spaces are available. Please contact her at 575.895.5652 or cat@blackrangelodge.com.  

Our faculty over the years has included banjo players Alan Munde and Bill Evans, bassist Michael Wehner and multi-instrumentalists Ezra Bussmann and Gerald Jones. Our 2022 faculty so far:

Tom Adler

Songwriting, clawhammer banjo, finger style guitar

While a faculty member at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Tom taught the acoustic Americana ensemble, songwriting seminar, folk guitar and banjo. He is also a landscape gardener. His background includes many years as performing/recording musician and stage, film and TV actor and musician in a wide range of styles. Tom played with the Fast Peso String Band and is currently a member of the folk/Americana band Bootleg Prophets. His big secret is that he worked as a chimney sweep in the early ‘80’s! Tom shares folk music from around the world (especially old recordings) with listeners every Sunday morning on his show on KSFR FM, “Folk Remedy.”

Chris Sanders

Vocals and camp administrator

Chris is one of the founders of DNA Music Camps along with her fellow Hard Road Trio members and Catherine Wanek. While she has delved into musical careers as diverse as singing telegram messenger and church choir director, Chris lives to share her love of music. With an MA in vocal performance from Cal State East Bay and a BA in music education from Concordia College, Moorhead, she has taught voice and commercial music at New Mexico State University and University of Texas at El Paso. She has performed and taught choral, solo classical, musical theater, jazz and acoustic roots music, and spent the last 18 years touring with Steve Smith and Hard Road and The Hard Road Trio.

Steve Smith


Steve Smith is well known for his mastery of the mandolin and has toured and performed most of his life. He has been on faculty at a variety of music camps including Camp Bluegrass, California Coast Music Camp, Colorado Roots Camp, and Kaufman Kamp. Co-founder of DNA Music Camps, Steve's gearing up for Southwest Mando Camp in November. Having toured with the likes of Jim Hurst and Alan Munde and appeared at major festivals such as Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and the Walnut Valley Festival, these days Steve is on the road with The Hard Road Trio and the Tim May & Steve Smith Duo. Steve maintains an active teaching and recording studio (The Cave). www.desertnight.com

Anne Luna


Anne is a graduate of the Commercial Music Program at South Plains College where she was recognized for her outstanding work. Involved in the acoustic music scene since childhood, she also studied classical bass at Texas Tech. One of the founders of DNA Camps, Anne has taught on the faculty at Camp Bluegrass, Hill Country Acoustic Camp, and coming up, Walker Creek Music Camp. She has toured the country with The Hard Road Trio, contributing to their recordings along with others including Joe Baxter, Alan Munde and Kenny Maines. She maintains a studio teaching a variety of instruments as well as offering Skype lessons.     www.annelunamusic.com

Kathy Kuhn


We are so happy to welcome Nashville fiddler Kathy Kuhn to our DNA faculty; she brings a world of experience, good will and charm. Kathy's classy fiddling has graced the Grand Old Opry stage with the likes of Porter Wagoner. Besides theme parks and cruises, she has appeared on NPR's Prairie Home Companion. She's well versed in old time, country and bluegrass fiddle styles, and continues to be a sought after fiddle instructor in the Nashville area.

Tim May


Tim has been working in and out of the Nashville area for over 25 years as a sideman, session player, band member and performer on guitar, mandolin, banjo and dobro. He is also a sought-after luthier. His ability to flat-pick with great agility and impeccable style is equal to his ability to communicate the fundamentals and subtleties of music to his students. He teaches regularly at Camp Bluegrass, Kaufman Kamp, Colorado Roots Music Camp, Nashcamp, and the Swannanoa Gathering. He and his wife Gretchen are owners of the Musical Heritage Center of Middle Tennessee.                               www.timmaymusic.net



To register, please fill out the form below. You will receive a confirmation email and instructions for payment. Currently we are accepting checks and money orders by mail.

Tuition: $350, including tax. Lodging and meals are handled separately by the Black Range Lodge.

          Please contact Catherine at 575.895.5652 or cat@blackrangelodge.com for reservations and information. 

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