My first job was in a music store. One day a customer came into the store raving about a band called “The Refreshments”. I had never heard of them but the customer was drop dead sexy so I opened up a copy and started playing it. I was hooked and played the CD almost steady.
When their second CD came out a year later (1997) I was disappointed. I never really connected to the new set of songs. Eventually, I moved on from my job at the record store and lost track of music.
Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers
Sometime in 2010 I wondered to myself what had ever happened to that band I had loved so much. When I googled them I found that they had left their record label after their 2nd cd and gone independent with a new name – Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers. There were several albums since the original two and I had a pile of catching up to do.
Catch up I did. I fell in love again with the original CD and found a new appreciation for their 2nd. Everything under the Peacemaker name was also fantastic. I found that I could watch clips of their live shows on Youtube and found my way to their website to watch tour dates and dream. This was before Facebook. I had limited information as to the fan base and/or what to expect at their shows. I was intrigued to see that they hold an annual concert in a little town in Mexico but the idea of picking up and seeing them in a little known Mexican town terrified me.
But the music resounded with me. Roger is a poet who combines his thought provoking words with a southwestern classic rock sound combined with Mariachi sounds. It has been said that he is to Mexico what Jimmy Buffet is to The Caribbean.