Rex Warren Bio
Honing his style in the dance halls and bar rooms of the Texas Panhandle, Amarillo native, Rex Warren, has made his home in New Mexico since 1990. You can hear the West Texas wind and the high desert of New Mexico in the music and lyrics of his songs.
Multi-media consultant and life-long friend, Doug Stewart, has dubbed Warrens’ unique sound as “Avocado Rock”. Blending elements of country-rock, bluegrass, blues and folk with influences of Spanish and Native American cultures, this music is distinctively Southwestern in flavor.
Albuquerque Journal music critic, Kenn Rodriguez places Warrens’ music ……”squarely in the realm of…country-rock pioneers like The Eagles, and The Flying Burrito Brothers.” Rachel Heisler of UNMs’ Daily Lobo says of Warrens’ original compositions,”…contagious…powerful…unpretentious... and laid back.”
In his new CD, Rex Warren and Walking Rain, Raise Your Voice, acoustic instruments, and top notch players were employed. Walking Rain, composed of Bob Bruen on mandolin, and Coale Johnson on guitars bring their years of San Francisco Bay music experience to the heart of this recording.
San Antonio native and celebrated singer/songwriter, Terri Hendrix, gives a stellar performance on backing vocals. Terris’ touring partner and producer, Lloyd Maines brings his multi-instrumental talents and Grammy Award winning production to this CD as well.
Rounding out the musicians are long time bass player for Michael Martin Murphy, Gary Roller, Southwest legend Bill Hearne on guitar, co-producer and engineer, Doug Geist on percussion, jazz musician, Mike Astor on drums, singer/songwriter, Tommy Elskes on spoons, and Debra “Debo” Orlofsky on accordion.
Note; this Southwestern musical experience is best enjoyed with chips and guacamole and a cold cerveza.