Also known as Dusty Rhodes and the River Band, this band is an anomaly in today’s music landscape; difficult to classify, easy to like, and hard to forget. The band presents fun yet evocative storytelling through a revolving blend of musical styles and personality. Influenced by The Band, Yes, Os Mutantes, and various roots music, the young Anaheim sextet bring the tradition of “song-focused songs” into the new millennium.
The group’s full-bodied, organic sound features three distinct vocalists, a classically trained fiddler, and a mad keyboard frontman, and has been described as uniquely soulful and melodic. Dusty Rhodes and the River Band is Dustin Apodaca, vocals, keys, accordion; Kyle Divine, vocals, guitar, harmonica; Allen Van Orman, bass; Andrea Babinski, violin, mandolin; Eric Chirco, drums; and Edson R. Choi, banjo, guitar.
A high energy live show accompanied with rich, full bodied sound that features a wide range of instrumentation and experimentation, sets Dusty Rhodes apart from the average Orange County band. From Dustin's extravagant wardrobe and showmanship, to the shifting song styles from prog rock to traditional folk, to the ever-changing instrumentation throughout their set, Dusty Rhodes and the River Band ceaselessly entertain and surprise returning crowds.
The group has played relentlessly since its formation in the spring of 2002, converting just about anybody; indie hipsters, traditional folk fans, and old time rockers into dedicated “Dusty
Rhodies”. Adapting a do-it-yourself work ethic, the band has organized and executed 3 successful cross-country tours, in addition to numerous regional stints in the southwest.
Currently the band is working on completing their first full-length album, produced by Mars Volta keyboardist Ikey “Isaiah” Owens, due early 2007.
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