Dusty Rhodes to perform Southern sound at U-Rock

By Kara Vaporean

Dusty Rhodes and the River Band is a gang of swaggering
hillbillies from Anaheim taking over U-Rock today at noon after
their tour with Flogging Molly and Blind Melon.

Crashing its van twice and getting robbed did not stop Dusty
Rhodes from having fun on tour.

“It was the most fun we’ve ever had,” said Divine.

After signing a record deal with Side One Dummy in Summer 2007,
Dusty Rhodes released its first album, “First You Live,” in late
2007. The album was produced by Mars Volta keyboardist Isaiah
“Ikey” Owens.

In 2007 the Orange County Register named “First You Live” the
best album to surface the Orange County music scene.

Dusty Rhodes finished recording its second album, “Palace and
Stage,” in January 2009.

Hitting stores on May 19, “Palace and Stage” will bring
characters, ventures, storytelling and sing-alongs.

“Palace and Stage” has a different vibe than the first album.
Rhodes wanted to stay away from the country, folk, and bluegrass
beats.

“We wanted a more R&B, soul sound with natural progression,”
said Divine.

Although the album has not been officially released, fans can
download it online.

“We want people to get a hold of it,” said Divine.

The new album has gotten radio play in Chicago and is on
KROQ.

Fans seem to approve of Rhode’s evolution.

“Everyone’s into the progressions of what we’re making,” said
Divine. “We are getting all positive feedback.”

Dusty Rhodes features Dustin Apodaca on vocals and keys, Kyle
Divine, Eric Chirco on drums, Edson Choi, Andrea Babinski and
newest member Brad Babinski on bass.

Although the Dusty Rhodes gang is large, it makes playing music
more entertaining.

“It makes it way more fun, and way more annoying,” said Divine
in a radio interview with the Manno Brothers on Chicago’s
Alternative station WKQX Q101.

With residency at the Silverlake Lounge, Dusty Rhodes is gearing
up for another U.S. tour with plans to tour the U.K. in the
fall.

Reach Kara Vaporean at lifestyle@thepolypost.com

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