Cottonwood Crossing Band

Cottonwood Crossing is a group of local musicians who have gotten together to present a beautiful high-desert blend of country, folk, blues, rock, and original music. Jon Messenger, Jeff Sturges, Liz Lopez, and Brenda Pratt look forward to seeing you and presenting their unique blend of musical talents.  


Jon Messenger  

Arizona singer-songwriter Jon Messenger is the product of an eclectic musical background. His music evokes the experience of a journey through the West, a night with the blues, or bluegrass Sunday mornings - the conscience of folk music in the traditions of the troubadours of old. A Cochise County resident since 1991 with family roots on the border, Jon's voice, rich, warm, and evocative of whatever feeling is in the heart of the tune has been described by one listener as the best story-telling voice in contemporary western music. Another fan comments, "Nobody inhabits a song like Jon."

Brenda Pratt  

For twenty-eight years, Brenda Pratt and her husband, Matthew, have owned and operated the Morning Star Cafe in beautiful downtown Palominas. Now, with three generations of Brenda's family working the Morning Star Cafe, it has become a place with a strong sense of community and family values. Many of their patrons regard the cafe as their neighborhood kitchen. With the addition of a stage and sound system, the Morning Star offers a unique venue for musicians to share their art with the community. Brenda often contributes to the cafe's music scene, not only with her love of singing, passion for harmony, and keyboard skills, but also with her original songwriting. 

Liz Lopez and Jeff Sturges  

As songwriters and musicians, Liz Lopez and Jeff Sturges specialize, as the EarthPicks of Cochise County, in researching written accounts of Cochise County historical events, locations, and related personages. They experiment with ways to structure melodies, harmonies, and rhythms to best convey the significance and emotional import of this material. The EarthPicks support their vocals with bass, guitar, and harmonica. 
Liz is a native of Cochise County. Jeff has lived in Cochise County for over thirty years. Both are retired educators: Liz as a K-8 Arts Specialist, and Jeff as a College English instructor. They make their home in the foothills of the Huachuca Mountains.


Morning Star Cafe
Established 1991

10428 Highway 92
Palominas, AZ 85615
(520) 366-5666

Open Wednesday & Thursday
7:00am - 4:00pm

Open Friday & Saturday

7:00am - 8:00pm

Open Sunday 7:00am - 4:00pm

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