[Today's guest blog is brought to you by Cap'n Ahab, lately of Stamant.org. Ahab has fine taste in music, and he can give you the correct, old-school answer to "What is your favorite REM album?" (answer: "One you've never listened to, loser"). I had to do a leetle comma editing, Ahab, but there you are, there's no pleasing me.]
The demise of The Refreshments after two studio albums left songwriter Roger Clyne in the Arizona sands without a band or a record deal. Clyne quickly formed a new outfit with drummer P.H. Naffah (also ex-Refreshments), adding Steve Larson, and later Nick Scroops, to create Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers. While RCPM are an independent unit, they retain a strong following on the concert scene, mixing raw emotion with brilliant lyricism to create an unforgettable live experience.
Beautiful Disaster (from “Honky Tonk Union”) – A love song/road song that echoes Bruce Springsteen’s Born To Run without being derivative. Beautiful Disaster is a thumping good-time rock song that highlights Clyne’s lyricism.
Sleep Like A Baby (from “Sonoran Hope and Madness”) – A beautiful country tune that mixes banjo and harmonica to create a soothing Southwestern lullaby.
Leaky Little Boat (from “¡Americano!”)- A song that is at once pure Arizona desert jangle and also a slightly quiet reggae influenced dancing beat. Once again Clyne’s wonderfully evocative storytelling highlights this track from the last and most successful studio album [self-released on the EmmaJava label].
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Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers – Sleep Like A Baby
Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers – Leaky Little Boat
Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers – Beautiful Disaster