The Paul McCartney watch continues.
We reported last Friday that the Beatles legend may be looking to play a May 26 concert at NMSU's Aggie Memorial Stadium, part of his recently announced "Out There!" world tour.
NMSU officials have since confirmed that it is, indeed, the man they call Macca that they are in talks with, but nothing's been finalized yet.
"We're exchanging communications the last 24 hours. We're still waiting," said Scott Breckner, director of the Las Cruces school's special events office.
Breckner said he had a few questions, which he didn't specify, to be answer, but was hoping that McCartney's camp would announce the show "in the next 24 to 48 hours, by Easter weekend."
McCartney, who last played there April 19, 1993, announced three more "Out There!" shows on March 26, all in Brazil.
He'll play stadiums in Belo Horizonte on May 4, Goiania on May 6 and Fortaleza on May 9.
They join previously announced stadium shows in Warsaw on June 22 and Vienna on June 27. A Rome date was added for June 25.
It's looking good from a routing point of view. Conceivably, he could work his way up from South America through Mexico to our little neck of the desert.
Breckner also confirmed that a June NMSU stop by Mumford and Sons fell through after the group opted to play Taos instead.
He also hopes to put the Oct. 3 Pan Am show by Rascal Flatts on sale sometime in June.
A previously reported Dec. 10 show by Vince Gill and Amy Grant, called "Simply Christmas," is in negotiations but hasn't been confirmed yet.
It was reported by our sister paper, the Las Cruces Sun-News. The story was posted on Gill's home page last weekend.
Meanwhile, the city of the crosses will host the first Las Cruces Country Music Festival May 17-19 on Main Street in the city's downtown.
It will feature performances by Little Texas, Darryl Worley, Craig Campbell and Greg Bates and others, according to a Sun-News report.
Little Texas and Bates will play May 17; Worley and Campbell on May 18.
Shows will start at 6, with gates opening at 5.
Acts will sign autographs at 9:30 each night at the Rio Grande Theater.
The event, put on by the city's convention bureau and Helping Hands Event Planning, will include a songwriting workshop with Tommy Lee James (Tim McGraw's "She's My Kind of Rain," Reba and Brooks and Dunn's "If You See Him/If You See Her") and Chase Yaklin ("Wait For Me") at 2 p.m. May 18 at the Rio Grande Theater.
A brunch, with two acoustic sets, starts at 11 a.m. May 19 at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum.
Tickets are $20 per concert if purchased by May 15, $25 after.
So-called Double Shot tickets, which allow entry to both concerts, are $35 in advance, $45 at the door.
The Sunday Cowboys Brunch tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
The songwriting workshop is $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
Weekend passes, which include admission to most events, are $50 in advance, $60 after at the door.
VIP passes, which include admission to all events, are $150.
Go to lccountryfest.com or call 575.522.1232 for more info.