Joe Bethancourt often sang about the bygone frontier, but his vast repertoire also included possible future frontiers. Last March at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts he performed one of my favorites, “Big Ty’s Ride” from his “That Great Big Way Out There” CD. It’s the story of an asteroid miner gone far astray, heading for the stars with the help of a couple of salvaged ramscoops. I doubt I’ll ever look at the night sky again without thinking about Joe, and wondering if he’s out there.
Click here for Joe’s obituary in “The Arizona Republic.”
Here for a video of his 2013 induction into the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame.