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Hard-edged riffs & hypnotic guitar
Monday, 11.05.2015, 20:20
oh what a night...
Rich Hopkins & Luminarios (USA)
He’s the quintessential desert rocker. And he’s a thinker, singer, guitarist, writer, producer and humanitarian to boot.

Tucson, AZ is where Rich and his Luminarios hail from. He’s married to Lisa Novak, a singer and songwriter from Houston, TX, the apple of his eye, a member of the band and its manager. At first this loose group was a side project next to The Sidewinders, Sand Rubies and Underbelly but now it clearly has become the main event. The sound is mostly straightforward indie guitar rock that’s interspersed with splendid vocal harmonies and it’ll have an uplifting, even physical effect on you. Throw in some acoustic play and notice the pride in his work coming from that thoroughbred on stage and you’re in for music you’ll know is unmistakably his. Appealing to the upper regions of your presence are his words which talk about his indictment of the downside of the American Dream and even offer some advice on how to live a life.

Hopefully, the album «Buried Treasures»(2012) should have paved the way for what you’re into with his 15th and latest «Tombstone». (It should’ve been titled «Treasure» writes a fan). It’s a generous storytelling work, it lyrically reflects on the history of the American Southwest, and musically overall, Rich is cranking up the impact with some hard-edged riffs of his hypnotic guitar. «Private Shaw» is an especially tough to swallow song, it’s where Lisa and Rich duet and bring back an impression of the bloody and horrific Western Indian Wars. Not to diminish the assistance coming from the fine backing by their great band, because this album was mostly recorded in a perfect one-take, keep it-honest kind of way.

One of the songs warns «Anyone who drinks whisky for 36 hours straight ain’t gonna make wise choices». That might be so but do what you please. Because tonight there’s only one easy choice you have to make. 

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