Because his multi-dates tour is on its way rolling through the continent like the gathering of an scratchy sand storm. It’s the Godfather of Desert Rock from Tucson, Arizona making his customary pitstop by our Mississihl. Open your arms to Rich and his band but first be reminded of some of the history connected to this guy. He’s founded and is leading the Luminarios since the 80’s and previous it was him fronting the legendary Sidewinders which morphed into the no less illustrious Sand Rubies. Ratcheting it up to a count of a couple dozen recorded albums on the way. Work that if you discovered its essence would impress you with irresistible high spirits drenched with a shot or two of high-minded idealism. That used to be the American way, keep it up Rich, frankly, we could use a ton of it just about now.
But it’s Rich’s guitar play that’ll grab your attention just the same spinning the dial from rock, garage, to alt- and hardcore country and on this new cd, a surprise foray into hip-hop. And there’s still that voice. On a romantic note, in 2006 he met his wife the singer-songwriter Lisa Novak. To his lovelorn heart she sang like an angel with a dusty mix of Emmylou Harris and Aimee Mann and that was that and five albums later they’re still together and in the band. So it’s Rich on guitar and vocals, Lisa doing the same, Jon Sanchez and Damon Barnaby on guitar, George Duron and Alan Anderson on drums, Duane Hollis and Ken Andree each on bass.
Quite a lineup. See what we mean by «have it your way»?