By popular request, we have wrangled THE RIFTERS from their NM home. They'll be LIVE in Amarillo at our next HPPR Living Room Concert. You'll adore their Southwestern folk-Americana from the Rio Grande watershed, so MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Friday, November 9th
Fibonacci Space (3306 SW 6th Ave.)
Doors @ 7p ~ Show @ 7:30p
Suggested Donation: $15
RSVP HERE or call 806.367.9088.
Coffee provided by Palace Coffee Company
This unique band is at home at a barn dance with the hay and the horses, in a mountain town bar or honky-tonk, and on a festival or concert stage. Their choice of moving and powerful material, both original and by others, their impeccable musicianship, and their strong three and four part vocal arrangements combine to make The Rifters a crowd-pleasing musical experience.
The Rifters were formed in 2002 in the fertile and creative music scene of Taos, New Mexico from members of two popular bands already active in the area. Jim Bradley and Don Richmond of Hired Hands, and Rod Taylor of The Rounders, who had all known one another for years playing in the acoustic dance-oriented Americana music scene of northern New Mexico, decided to join forces to form The Rifters.
“It’s music that comes from where we come from – both from the high desert and mountain landscape of our home and from the background and experiences of our lives – sort of a laid-back high-energy gentle giant old blue-buffalo-grama-grassy, cowboy, folky, shake-a-leg with a smile sort of thing. A rift is a split or a gap, sort of the like the Rio Grande Rift that we all live on or around. But this music is more about bridging gaps. For us the music is what ties all the different times and places together. We hope you enjoy it.” —Howlin' Dog Records
In the spring of 2016 the band released their first all-original CD, Architecture of a Fire, with songs by all three band members, as well as a handful of co-writes with others, including Chuck Pyle on the title track. It also includes the full studio version of the popular song “A Hundred Miles,” which was also included on the live CD. One of the songs on Architecture, “I Got News for You” (written by the band with lyrics by Don’s wife Teri McCartney), was also covered by Michael Hearne and Shake Russell on their 2016 Howlin’ Dog Records release, Only as Strong as Your Dreams.
“Three voices and three sets of hands playing various combinations of instruments form the sound of the Rifters, captured here just as it comes off the stages of the ‘clubs along the Sangre de Cristo’ to quote an Eliza Gilkyson song. And for decades, the Sagebrush Inn in Taos, New Mexico has been a place where you could hear the southwestern folk-Americana music of northern New Mexico, and also a place where you could see the dancers that form such a part of the ecology of the vibrant area music scene. The Rifters have played there regularly since their formation in 2002 and for many years before in their former bands The Rounders and Hired Hands. We decided to record our shows at the Sagebrush through 2012 and early 2013 with the idea of releasing a live album that carries a hint of the energy that happens there.” —Howlin' Dog Records
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