Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers have not only redefined what mainstream radio would have the public believe is "popular," but they have rewritten the rules on how songs are written and albums are made. Sticking to their credo of art leading commerce, RCPM have consistently produced nothing but uncompromised, unadulterated, pure rock-n-roll for over a decade.
In the mid-90's amidst the Seattle grunge sound, Clyne and drummer PH Naffah made rock fun with their witty, irreverent lyrics and blazing guitar licks as half of the seminal Tempe-based band The Refreshments. The "Freshies" released two albums including the 1996 cult-classic, Fizzy, Fuzzy, Big and Buzzy which produced the modern rock hits "Banditos" and "Down Together." The Refreshments also wrote the theme for TV's King of the Hill.
Following The Refreshments, Clyne and Naffah formed Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, and this time took even more control over their own destiny. Recording on a 100% independent record label, the first six consecutive studio releases from RCPM all debuted in the top 10 on Billboard's Internet Sales chart...the first independent band to ever accomplish that feat. Two of their albums, 1999's Honky Tonk Union and 2004's ¡Americano! debuted at #1. RCPM quickly built a reputation as one of the hardest touring bands in America, delivering two hours of high energy rock night after night, playing between 150 to 200 shows a year with no two set lists repeated. In 2008, the band traveled to Puerto Peñasco, Mexico, and blazed new trails in the way albums are made. Setting up a make-shift studio in a rented house, the band challenged themselves to write and record eight songs in eight days from scratch. The songs off the resulting Turbo Ocho remain some of their most popular today. Clyne and Naffah, along with fellow Peacemakers Jim Dalton (The Railbenders) on lead guitar and Nick Scropos on bass, are preparing to keep their streak going with the release of a new album.
The pinnacle of each touring season is the annual Circus Mexicus celebration, held each year next to the beach in Rocky Point, Mexico on the northern end of the Sea of Cortez, also known as Puerto Peñasco. Thousands of fans travel from literally all 50 states and several countries travel to join in the Peacemakers' celebration of life through rock-n-roll. The concert is typically a four hour affair, running into the early morning hours. The event has grown into a full weekend of activities, including a charity BBQ and concert at a small cantina the night before, a beach soccer tournament the morning of the concert, and a meet-and-greet and open mic jam session, known affectionately as the Mañanathon Hangover Bash.
Clyne is involved with many projects, including producing his own brand of triple-distilled, extremely smooth, Blue Agave tequila called Mexican Moonshine.
"(Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers) are one of the very best rock and roll bands in a tradition that currently doesn't matter to corporate radio programmers...The music they play is impure, dirty, raw, immediate and larger than life; yet it comes squarely from its center; it's timeless..." All Music Guide Review
"Clyne is equal parts storyteller, songwriter and singer talents that have earned him a reputation as the Bruce Springsteen of the Southwest." Asbury Park Press
"Clyne has written some of the catchiest, most broadly appealing rock 'n' roll of the past decade. Boulder Dirt Weekly and Daily Camera (Boulder, CO)
"The best live band in America." - New Haven Register
"Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers (RCPM) are proof that the crazy, reckless, restless, swaggering soul of American rock is still burning a hole in the night sky...guitars blaze, quake and quiver, drums slip, thud and thunder with killer melodies and hooks and the occasional reggae or mariachi rhythm laced through the middle to keep it all honest and interesting." Paste Magazine
For many, the music of RCPM has become the soundtrack to their lives. Clyne's lyrics have touched, inspired and moved people around the world, each in that individual's own unique way. During a recent promotion on his web pages asking fans to tell about how Roger's lyrics have inspired them, the responses were incredible:
"I can't put into words all that Roger's music means to me but I can say that my life is a little more relaxed, my travels are a little more enjoyable, and my cerveza tastes a little better when I'm listening to his music. Here's to Life!" - Aaron Steele
"RCPM has helped me through a lot in my life and given me so much to be happy and thankful for- it's not just their gift of music. It's the gift of community and friendship I've gained along the way. I don't know how many other bands/musicians can say that." - Brittany Conklin
"I like RCPM because they are independent, play good music and stand up for what is right. I like RCPM because they are a band with integrity." - Jonathan Scanlon
"For me, it's a collective. It's the music, the lyrics, the attitude - RCPM isn't just music, it's a lifestyle. They've helped me focus on the positive in life, on hope, and on accepting and moving on when things don't work out quite how you had planned...I quote lyrics, interviews, and fan stories to people in real life all the time." - Jennifer Jowsey
Jim Hoehn is a Milwaukee-based journalist, author and songwriter who discovered early that putting pen to paper was a legitimate way of avoiding any form of manual labor, leading to a career path that has included newspapers, magazines and wire services. As a songwriter he has performed at numerous festivals and events around the country and has opened for a wide variety of national artists, including the likes of Warren Zevon, Jerry Jeff Walker, Junior Brown, Robert Earl Keen, Don McLean, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and a memorable evening with songwriter-turned-mystery novelist Kinky Friedman.
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