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Rio Lindo

by Moonlight Rodeo

Contemporary alternative country, with elements of rock, pop, reggae, cajun, Tex-Mex, Dixieland, and world beat.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Steal Your Thunder
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2. Roving Sign
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3. Rio Lindo
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4. Hell Is in Nevada
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5. Damn Near
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6. Chapeau Flambeau
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7. Bigger Than the Both of Us
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8. Worried in Mind
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9. Something to Believe In
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10. Prodigal Sun
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11. When I Leave This World Behind
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12. Bonus
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Album Notes
Moonlight Rodeo began to take shape in the Spring of 1994, in the sunny town of San Rafael, in Marin County, California. It grew out of a series of informal living room jams by Kurt Huget, Mayne Smith, and Jesse Lee Kincaid, who shared a common appreciation for country and roots music. (These jams gave Mayne and Jesse an opportunity to get reacquainted; it had been many years since they crossed paths at the Troubadour and Ash Grove folk clubs in L.A. during the golden years of the mid-Sixties.) The fellas seemed to enjoy so much what went down at these jams that they decided to enlist some co-conspirators (such as Dave Getz from Big Brother & The Holding Company) and put together an official band. The rest is (our) history.

In 2000, the band released its debut CD, which received local and international airplay, and garnered some favorable press reviews as well. The latest CD ("Rio Lindo"), released in August 2003, again features all original material, but this time includes the collaborative contributions of Robert Hunter, longtime Grateful Dead lyricist, who co-wrote 5 of the songs with Kurt Huget.

The core members of the band are the following:

Tom Bowers: Bass
Lauralee Brown: Vocals
Kurt Huget: Vocals, guitar
Jon Mitguard: Pedal steel
Mike Spinrad: Drums

"Rio Lindo" also features guest appearances by some of our famous friends:

Robert Hunter: Vocals (Grateful Dead)
Dave Getz: Drums (Big Brother & The Holding Company)
Jesse Lee Kincaid: Fiddle (Founding member of The Rising Sons, with Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder)
Bruce Barthol: Bass (Founding member of Country Joe & The Fish)
Steve Schuster: Horns (Recorded with Grateful Dead, Quicksilver, Jefferson Starship, etc.)
Mayne Smith: Dobro (Noted bluegrass music scholar)
... and others


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S Ranto

Authentic San Francisco Bay Area music!
Great songwriting, love the Dead and world influences, masterfully executed playing. Is the drummer from Jamaica?


Originally drawn to this by the Robert Hunter connection and I was not disappointed. The non Hunter songs are all equally strong and in such varied styles the listener never knows what to expect next. Very tight musicianship,
together with eclectic styles keeps the listener coming back for more whatever the mood.


Excellent CD offering great songwriting and a variety of musical styles
RIO LINDO is an amazingly good CD from the country-rock band Moonlight Rodeo. Main songwriter Kurt Huget displays an excellent grasp of many different musical styles, and his guitar playing always complements the song in question perfectly. The musicianship is top-notch across the board, and singer Lauralee Brown has a beautiful voice. It's nice to hear a band that takes inspiration from a wide variety of sources, yet produces something wholly original and not derivative of other artists or popular styles. Plenty of great tunes here; the title track will stay with you long after the CD is out of your player, and "Something To Believe In" is one of my favorite songs of the year. Highly recommended!