Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers

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Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers
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Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers at Saint Rocke in 2015
Background information
Origin Tempe, Arizona, USA
Genres Americana, Southern rock, pop, reggae, singer/songwriter, classic rock
Years active1998–present
LabelsEmmaJava Recordings
Associated acts The Refreshments, Dead Hot Workshop, Cracker, Railbenders, Gloritone, The Mortals, The Jons
Website www.azpeacemakers.com
Members Roger Clyne
Paul "P.H." Naffah
Nick Scropos
Jim Dalton
Past membersScott "Scotty" Johnson
Danny White
Steve Larson

Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers are a rock band from Tempe, Arizona, USA. The band is typically referred to by the fans as the abbreviation "RCPM". The music is known to cross genres with songs showing an Adult Alternative Rock/Pop/Americana/Reggae/Mariachi influence.

Tempe, Arizona City in Arizona, United States

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History

After a lineup shift of The Refreshments, a rock band of the 1990s known for their top radio hit "Banditos," and also for the theme song to the long-running animated series King of the Hill, frontman, rhythm guitarist and songwriter Roger Clyne and drummer Paul "P.H." Naffah retooled and set out under the moniker Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers.

King of the Hill is an American animated sitcom created by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels that ran from January 12, 1997, to May 6, 2010, on Fox. It centers on the Hills, a middle-class American family in the fictional city of Arlen, Texas. Patriarch and main character Hank Hill, who works as assistant manager at Strickland Propane, is the everyman and general protagonist of the series. His modest conservative views and biases often clash with that of his wife, Peggy; his son, Bobby; his father, Cotton; his niece, Luanne; his boss, Buck Strickland; and his neighbor, Kahn. Hank is friends with other residents on his block, especially Bill Dauterive, Dale Gribble, and Jeff Boomhauer, all of whom he has known since elementary school. It attempts to maintain a realistic approach, seeking humor in the conventional and mundane aspects of everyday life.

Roger Clyne singer, songwriter, rhythm guitar player, kazoo-ist, and harmonica-ist

Roger Meade Clyne is the lead singer, primary songwriter, and rhythm guitar player for the American rock band Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers. His previous bands include The Refreshments and the Mortals.

Paul "P.H." Naffah is best known as the former drummer for the Refreshments. He is now the drummer for Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, the band he created with fellow Refreshment Roger Clyne.

Roger Clyne and P.H. Naffah were originally joined by former Gin Blossom Scott Johnson, who left to rejoin his former band in 2002. James Swafford (of the Feedbags) and Daryl Icard started the new lineup, but were not able to stay. Stepping in afterward was Steve Larson, former guitarist for another Tempe band, Dead Hot Workshop. In January 2009, it was announced that Steve Larson would be departing The Peacemakers and would be replaced by Railbenders frontman, Jim Dalton, on lead guitar.

Gin Blossoms American alternative rock band

Gin Blossoms are an American rock band formed in 1987 in Tempe, Arizona. The band rose to prominence following the 1992 release of its first major label album, New Miserable Experience, and the first single released from that album, "Hey Jealousy". "Hey Jealousy" became a Top 25 hit and went gold, and New Miserable Experience eventually went quadruple platinum; four other charting singles were released from the album. The band's follow-up album, Congratulations I'm Sorry (1996), went platinum, and the single "As Long as It Matters" was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Steve Larson is the former lead guitarist for Lime Green, Dead Hot Workshop (1987–97), Dialectrics, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers (1999–2009).

Dead Hot Workshop is an American rock band based in Tempe, Arizona.

Also joining Roger and P.H. was bassist Danny White for the first few albums. In early 2004, shortly after the release of ¡Americano! , Danny White left The Peacemakers to start his own recording studio in Nashville, Tennessee. He was replaced by Nick Scropos who had been the bassist for another Tempe band, Gloritone. Scropos recorded the bass track for one song, the crowd favorite "Green and Dumb", on RCPM's debut CD, Honky Tonk Union. He went to school with P.H. Naffah when they were growing up in Chicago and they seemed destined to get back together as Scropos left Gloritone and was available to play in RCPM.

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Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers tour all over the United States every year and put on their own seaside music festival in Rocky Point, Mexico every June and play to thousands of fans. In June 2019 they celebrate the 20th year of their official Circus Mexicus festival.

Albums

Honky Tonk Union

Honky Tonk Union was released in 1999 in limited quantities with a bonus live CD, Real to Reel. The CD debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Online Album Sales chart.[ citation needed ]

Sonoran Hope and Madness

RCPM's second studio album was 2002's Sonoran Hope and Madness. This album debuted at #3 on Billboard's Internet Album Sales chart.

¡Americano!

In 2004 the band released their third studio recording, ¡Americano! This album also debuted at No.1 on Billboard's Online Album Sales chart as well as No.19 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and No.17 on Billboard's Top Music Video Sales chart.[ citation needed ] The album is accompanied by a full length DVD of live concert footage and band interviews.

Live at Billy Bob's Texas

In March 2005, the Peacemakers recorded their 2nd official live album at Billy Bob's Texas, a famous honky-tonk bar in Texas. The recording sold well enough to make them the only independent band at the time to have five consecutive top-10 albums on the Billboard Internet Sales Chart.[ citation needed ]

Four Unlike Before

In April 2006, the Peacemakers released a four-song EP, Four Unlike Before, as an iTunes exclusive. This EP included 3 alternate versions of songs previously released, as well as a song until then only performed live, "Mexicosis".

No More Beautiful World

The band's fourth studio album, No More Beautiful World , was released on March 20, 2007. No More Beautiful World was produced by Clif Norrell who had previously worked with Roger Clyne on The Refreshments album Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy .

The Turbo Ocho Sessions

January 4, 2008, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers started an eight consecutive day audio/video chronicle. A revolutionary reality-recording experiment where the band and crew set up a studio in a seaside home in Rocky Point, Mexico and broadcast daily audio and video episodes of a song a day to thousands of fans back home in the United States. They created and shared, from inspiration to the final mix, 8 songs in 8 days. Three more fan favorites were added to the song lineup for the final physical release two months later.

Glow In the Dark

February 2, 2009, RCPM released one song and a corresponding video per week for fourteen weeks. Songs from both the RCPM and The Refreshments catalogs were included. The recording is from a show in 2008 at Mexicali Blues in Teaneck, New Jersey. Glow in the Dark is available in digital format only on their website under digital downloads.

Unida Cantina

RCPM's sixth studio album was released April 19, 2011. It hit No.4 on Billboard's Rock Albums chart and No.2 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart its first week of release.[ citation needed ]

The Independent

Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers' seventh album was released on April 29, 2014. The album was produced by RCPM's drummer P.H. Naffah. It debuted at #9 on Billboard's Internet Album Sales chart and climbed to #4 on iTunes Rock chart.

Native Heart

RCPM's latest album was released on June 30, 2017. It debuted at #15 on the iTunes albums chart, and #4 on iTunes Alternative. The album featured two singles, Flowerin', and Hello Tiger, both of which are huge fan favorites.

Current activities

Touring

The Peacemakers tour all over the United States multiple times a year. Every record is supported with heavy touring to all of their strong markets and beyond as a headlining band. RCPM have opened for many National acts like Kid Rock, Johnny Cash, Blues Traveler, Sammy Hagar and John Fogerty. In the Spring of 2010 they made their first foray into the U.K. touring scene with a three-week tour schedule across the British Isles.Template:Listen to RCPM from the UK on Saturday night February 20, 2010 at 3:20am, blog post for Bob Harris radio show. Occasionally, Roger Clyne and Paul "P.H." Naffah play acoustic shows just the two of them, or Roger plays acoustic shows just by himself.

During October 2018 they have made a return to the UK playing a series of concerts with Ryan Hamilton and the Harlequin Ghosts and promised the fans they would return again much sooner than the last time.

Circus Mexicus

Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers are known for their music festival in the Mexican beach town of Rocky Point, Mexico (Puerto Peñasco) called "Circus Mexicus." This concert used to be held semi-annually, with a concert in May and another in October. As more hotels and condos were built to house larger audiences, in 2009, RCPM consolidated the two shows into one yearly Circus Mexicus concert, held each year in June. The music festival has blossomed into 4 days of rock & roll sponsored by the band's tequila brand, Mexican Moonshine Tequila. Past musical guests have included David Lowery and Johnny Hickman of Cracker, Todd Snider, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Eddie Spaghetti of The Supersuckers, David Lauwry and Johnny Hickman of Cracker, Sons of Bill, The Railbenders, Shurman, Dead Rock West, Angie Stevens, Tramps & Thieves. Voted "Best Rock-n-Roll Road Trip" by the Phoenix New Times, 2009. #11 on Phoenix Magazine's 101 Bucket List for things to do before you die.

Roger Clyne's Mexican Moonshine Tequila

Growing up a third generation Arizonan had Roger Clyne with one foot in Arizona and one foot in Mexico. Throughout his youth he worked with Hispanic vaqueros on his family's cattle ranch in Southeastern AZ. He lived in Ensenada, MX for a summer immersion program while a student at ASU, studying Spanish as well as doing an Anthropological-cultural study of Mariachis. One theme that ran strong in all of these experiences was tequila. Roger learned about great tequilas existing in Mexico even though they were not available in the U.S. As his songwriting began to spin tales of tequila fueled adventures, he started pondering his own line of tequila. In 2007, he released a test batch of 1,000 bottles at the band's music festival in Rocky Point, MX and they sold out over the weekend. The experiment was a success. 4 years later with proper paperwork in hand and a new top notch distillery he found worthy of his vision, he debuted his first marque of his tequila and now boasts a full line of Silver, Reposado & Añejo. He vested his bandmates in the project and they work together with Roger to promote their ultra premium tequilas. It is a prominent feature at many of the concert stops along the band's tour route and currently boasts distribution in over 15 states. Roger named his tequila after the song, "Mexican Moonshine" from the album, ¡Americano!, in which the double entendre keeps listeners wondering whether he is singing about the moon's glow in Mexico or the popular liquor derived from the Weber Blue Agave. [1]

January Jam at JJ's

Following the recording of Turbo Ocho in 2008, RCPM have begun to play an annual show at JJ's Cantina in Rocky Point, Mexico (Puerto Peñasco) in January. RCPM has expanded the January Jam and now plays 3 formal shows on outdoor stages at 3 different venues in Puerto Penasco: JJ's Cantina, Banditos, and Wrecked at the Reef. The event is typically over a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday around Roger Clyne's birthday. Per the band this year, January Jam 2018 was their first fully sold out January Jam, so the popularity of this event is increasing over time.

Cantina Casts

Starting in January 2013, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers began creating short concert videos by web-casting performances for their fans to view online. The band chose to do this in order to give their fans a snapshot of the new songs they were writing for their upcoming album which debuted the following Spring in April 2014 called, The Independent. The online concerts were at various locations with one on Roger Clyne's back patio, another was at a soundcheck prior to a show, another on tour as well as one pre-recorded in PH Naffah's recording studio. The shows are archived on Livestream and resulted in fans enjoying live music from RCPM and getting a taste of the upcoming album.{http://new.livestream.com/accounts/2333774/cantinacast}

Band members