Dusty Rhodes and the River Band have spent the past three years playing every shitty dive bar from the South to the Midwest and back to southern California, sleeping on couches, and giving their hearts and souls to every performance. This six piece indie rock group from Anaheim, California are heavily influenced by the folk rock sounds of The Band, the orchestration and production techniques of Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, and the progressive rock energy of groups like Yes.
Still, the group’s music defies easy categorization but boasts the freewheeling approach that draws natural comparisons to Arcade Fire, The Decemberists and “Exile on Main St.”-era Rolling Stones. The band has toured the States with Gogol Bordello, I’m From Barcelona, Flogging Molly and Blind Melon to name a few.
Released May 19, 2009, Palace & Stage was the band’s sophomore album and brought with it a new batch of adventures, characters, sing-a-longs and stories. The band successfully blending Modern Rock, Gospel, Motown, and Folk music together in an intoxicating mix that showcases music that is as accessible as it is original.
Dusty Rhodes and the River Band is made up of singer-keyboardist Dustin Apodaca, singer-guitarist Kyle Divine, violinist-singer Andrea Babinski, guitarist-singer Edson Choi and drummer Eric Chirco. Palace & Stage is an album filled with timeless songs that range from the glorious, up-tempo rock of “All One,” “Andy” and “Blind Lead the Blind” – which Apodaca says “…was originally about my personal economic hardship, but now everybody’s hurting. Having money and then out of the blue having nothing. You start with respect and relevance, and then you’re forgotten and thrown away. Ultimately you’re in charge of your own destiny.” Other album highlights include the meditative “So Low” and the confessional “Sorry For Now” with Apodaca’s authentic lead vocals rising over an orchestrated wave made up of soaring vocals, violin and keyboards.
“We don’t really have a theme for this record. If there is a common thread from song to song it’s the power of perception; like seeing a pair of feet shuffling behind the curtain- there’s always a hint of smoke and mirrors to what we can take so seriously. To me personally, that’s what ‘Palace and Stage’ refers to,” says Edson.
Start with; First You Live (first full album) and then jump immediately into Palace & Stage, you’ll be glad you did.