Treasure Valley music fans rejoice, this week Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers have announced their first concert in Boise in two-and-a-half years. The hard-touring tequila rockers have been steady on the road in support of the band’s 2014 release The Independent. The show will once again be downtown at The Reef on Wednesday, September 30. Sorry boss, I’ll be taking Thursday off to recover. Tickets for this event are only $15 in advance, and trust me the place will be packed, so buy your tickets now and show up early. Purchase tickets here.
While Peacemaker fans were rather hoping Clyne & Co. would have made it to Boise for Treefort Music Fest this year, the guys did put in a well-received showing at SXSW this spring. The somewhat obscure cult band from Arizona continues to be ignored by the industry, adored by an underground army of devout fans, and occasionally praised, if somewhat back-handed, by the press. Rolling Stone tabbed the group as one of the Top 21 country acts to catch at SXSW. I have no doubt frontman Roger Clyne was somewhat bemused by such an acknowledgement, though no doubt appreciative of the buzz it created. Positive accolades are always good.
Clyne started The Peacemakers in 1999 after he and drummer P.H. Naffah ended their former band, The Refreshments. The group released its debut, Honky Tonk Union to notable success. I won’t recount Clyne and the band’s entire path to underground stardom here, but you can check out my more in-depth article and interview with the band here. I will say that the band has built up one of the most impressive catalogs of Southwest-infused rock music one could only hope to discover (and here is your chance if you haven’t already). The quartet’s fans are almost religious about the band and they are affectionately referred to as La Familia by the band. Clyne and Naffah, along with bassist Nick Scropos and guitarist Jim Dalton embrace the relationship they have with their fans, and it is a defining force in the band’s passion for touring and creating new music.
The Independent marks the band seventh studio album, and finds Clyne’s songwriting maturing and growing into new areas as his own life ebbs and flows through life’s daily journey. Fans will get a taste of the new record on this tour as well as favorites from the band’s Refreshment years such as “Mexico” and “Banditos”, along with RCPM classics like “¡Americano!”, “Mexican Moonshine”, “Maybe We Should Fall in Love”, or “Leaky Little Boat”. One of the most exciting aspects of a RCPM show is you simply never know what the band will play since the setlist changes every night. You can also be guaranteed you will get your money’s worth and go home elated and perhaps a little fuzzy and buzzy.
If you haven’t heard Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers yet, you can check out and download several free tracks from the band at this location.