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Dusty Rhodes and the River Band
Rock / Soul / Indie

Fullerton, California
United States

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Member Since7/13/2004
Band Website
Band MembersDustin Apodaca: vocals, keys

Kyle Divine: guitar, vocals

Edson Choi: vocals, guitar

Andrea Babinski: violin, string arrangements, vocals

Eric Chirco: drums

Brad Babinski: bass

Management: Jason Bernard - Pulse Recording

U.S. Booking: Joshua Knight - Monterey International

International Booking: Isobel Dacombe - Helter Skelter

InfluencesYes, Electric Light Orchestra, Sly and the Family Stone, The Band, Django Reinhardt, The Beach Boys, Neil Young, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, The Grateful Dead, Paul Simon, DeVotchka, Billy Joel, Woody Guthrie, The Beatles, Elton John, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Rick Wakeman, CCR, Brian Wilson, Mouth and McNeal, The Who, David Bowie, Devandra Banhart, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Marvin Gaye, Chuck Berry, Van Morrison, Pink Floyd, Solomon Burke, B.B. King, Jesse Fuller, Bo Diddley, Cat Stevens, Kenny Rogers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Gogol Bordello, Donovan, Staple Singers, Stevie Wonder, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Paper Airplanes, Nina Simone, Amy Winehouse, Dungen, Blind Blake, Boyz II Men, Hot Club of Cow Town, Bjork, Itzhak Perlman, James Brown, Koop, Man Man, Jackson 5, Muddy Waters, Of Montreal, Polyphonic Spree, Skip James, The Zombies, The Byrds, The Flaming Lips, The Decemberists, And Academy, STYX, The Bee Gees, Prince


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Sounds Like"Palace and Stage Boldly moves the plot on from 2008 debut First You Live with a self-assured swagger, tracks such as opener "All One", "The Ballad of Jim and Casey", and the truly epic title track [are] among the most heartwarming you will hear in a lifetime. -Q MAGAZINE UK, July 2009

"Considered a bit of an overnight sensation...the River Band first garnered praise with last year's First You Live...Album two eclipses that acclaimed debut with a singer who sounds like a young Steven Tyler and a collection of songs both vibrant and unpredictable. The engaging "Andy" takes Brokeback Mountain conceit as its starting point, while the title track is the touching story of a love affair with a vampire - and no, that isn't a metaphor. -MOJO FILTER UK, July 2009

"Crazy Hair and Tattoos aside, rock music is pretty conventional. Step outside the guitar-bass-drums blueprint, cross scene lines or mash together subgenres and the resulting blank stares prove the point-but that's what makes Dusty Rhodes and the River Band unique...the band use organ, violin, guitar, bass and drums, as well as the occasional ukulele, vibes, bells and marimba, to meld together classic rock, country, blues, and soul...and it feels good"-ALTERNATIVE PRESS, July 2009

"The breezy, soulful "Andy" (written and presumably sung by guitarist Kyle Divine, who colors his voice with a hint of vibrato) is performed with understated grace...meanwhile, violinist Andrea Babinski also helms a song to pleasant effect, and her voice turns "So Low" into a fun nugget of diverse, indie folk whimsy. Palace and Stage takes strength in such variety, and the album ultimately emerges as a fairly solid group effort -- greater than the sum of its parts, wide-ranging, and a nice follow-up to the band's debut."-ALL MUSIC GUIDE, May 2009

"Palace and Stage is likely to appeal to those who proclaim, "There is no good music anymore," while dragging a few unsuspecting other with them. Their melodies are affecting throughout-the likes of "Blind Lead the Blind" and "Fire in the Sky" the kind of songs that etch their way into your brain permanently after only a couple of exposures"-OUTBURN MAGAZINE, July 2009

"These SoCal space cowboys approach country the way label mates Gogol Bordello approach their Gypsy Folk: in a rush of vibrant energy and anything-goes psychedelia"-Q MAGAZINE UK, February 2008

"Rhode's unique phrasing allows him to get his concrete-mixer yowl around complex rhymes about lost loves, drunken excess, ghostly cowboys, militant sailors and his murderous grandpa, while fiddles, accordions, mandolins, all manner of brass, gospel and '70s soft rock are thrown into the soup. The most original take on West Coast country since Gram Parsons in a nudie suit." -MOJO FILTER UK, February 2008

"Utilizing a swaggering campfire sing-along ethic, they channel the indie folk spirit of Camper Van Beethoven, the boozy Celtic swing of the Pogues, the proggy pop bombast of Procol Harum and the punkish abandon of the Replacements, all while choreographing ’60s AM pop and inking in flannel sleeve tattoos of traditional country, British folk and bluegrass. Dusty Rhodes and the River Band thrum with schizophrenic charm, and First You Live is their wildly threaded and viscerally satisfying mix tape."-HARP MAGAZINE, February 2008

"a gang of southern rocking musicians with a swagger in their step and some good old-fashioned moonshine in their hipflasks. At times it sounds like they might have too much super-strength booze swimming amidst their number, as ‘First You Live’ wobbles precariously on that thin line between rather drunk and utterly rat-arsed. It’s no bother though, because these seeming pissheads sound so lovely" -NME

"The sextet...last fall released the exuberant "First You Live" (on SideOneDummy Records), an unironic throwback to the prog, folk and psych rock of decades past that is so far from the punk and emo being churned out by fellow twentysomethings it might as well be from another planet."-LA TIMES

, October 2007 "Dusty Rhodes and his clan succeed in what many of us understand as early rock. Early rock meant a fusion of jazz, blues, country,…anything that would create a unique blend of music and that would be interesting. In First You Live, you get that mix in copious amounts. And it sounds so good." -MUSICTAP

“ ‘First You Live’ is a glowing tribute to American nostalgia. There are times where I am convinced I have memories from the early 70s trying to catch a foothold in my mind. Now, I don’t remember what I ate for dinner yesterday, so you can imagine my sense of shock. One of the most invigorating albums of the year.” -ABSOLUTEPUNK

"Blending modern and classic rock with folk, blues, zydeco, country and bluegrass into epic songs that defy simple categorization" -OC REGISTER

"Over the course of thirteen tracks, the band treats us to a veritable hoedown, with each song sounding like a mini Southern symphony" -AU UK

“A singalong bar-room hootenanny that sounds like the Polyphonic Spree covering Tom Waits.” -THE OC WEEKLY

Record LabelSide One Dummy
Type of LabelIndie

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“It’s time to shine, this time it's mine” are the lyrics that not only lead off, but define the new album Palace and Stage from Dusty Rhodes and the River Band. In stores May 19, 2009 on SideOneDummy Records, Palace and Stage, is the band’s sophomore album, bringing with it a new batch of adventures, characters, sing-a-longs and stories. The band successfully blends Modern Rock, Gospel, Motown, and Folk to showcase a sound that is as accessible as it is original.

Dusty Rhodes and the River Band is comprised of singer/keyboardist Dustin Apodaca, singer/guitarist Kyle Divine, violinist/singer Andrea Babinski, guitarist/singer Edson Choi and drummer Eric Chirco. Palace and Stage is an album of timeless songs ranging from the sweetly soulful “Andy,” to the up-tempo rock anthems “All One,” and “Blind Lead the Blind” – which Apodaca says “…was originally about my personal economic hardship, but now everybody's hurting. Having money and then out of the blue having nothing. You start with respect and relevance, and then you’re forgotten and thrown away. Ultimately you’re in charge of your own destiny.” Other album highlights include the meditative “So Low” and the confessional “Sorry For Now” with Apodaca’s authentic lead vocals rising over an orchestrated wave made of lush harmonies, violin and keyboards.

“We don't really have a theme for this record. If there is a common thread from song to song it's the power of perception; like seeing a pair of feet shuffling behind the curtain – there's always a hint of smoke and mirrors to what we can take so seriously. To me personally, that's what ‘Palace and Stage’ refers to,” says Edson.

The group’s music defies easy categorization but boasts the freewheeling approach that draws natural comparisons to Arcade Fire, The Decemberists and “Exile On Main St”- era Rolling Stones. The band has toured the States with Gogol Bordello, I’m From Barcelona, Flogging Molly and Blind Melon among others, and most recently in the UK with Dirty Pretty Things. In 2008, Q Magazine dubbed the band one of the “Next Big Things” and named the single “Dear Honey” from their debut album as one of the “50 Songs To Download”.

Dusty Rhodes and the River Band have spent the past three years playing everywhere from the local dive bar to the Astoria Theatre in London, sleeping on couches, and giving their hearts and souls to every performance. Palace and Stage is the natural progression from their 2007 debut album, First You Live.

Palace and Stage is in stores May 19, 2009 on
SideOneDummy Records.


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Jeff McQuilkin

Jeff McQuilkin

Feb 6 2010 12:49 AM

Hi, guys! Loved your show with Manchester Orch. and Brand New in Denver!!

I reviewed the concert here:


Feb 6 2010 12:49 AM



Feb 1 2010 8:19 PM

Saw you guys last night at the Fillmore and sort of fell in love.
Thank you for being fantastic :)
Jenn in a Coma

Jenn in a Coma

Feb 1 2010 8:19 PM

I loved you at the filmore last night


Jan 31 2010 10:04 PM

Next time you come to utah, i'm there. I think you made a lot of fans tonight at the show. You guys were fantastic, and extremely entertaining. You were the start to an amazing concert. :)

Ulises Zepeda

Jan 31 2010 10:03 PM

i drove 10 hours from california to slc to see brand new yesterday. you guys were awesome btw :)
U.f.O Vs Helicotper

John Denton

Jan 31 2010 10:03 PM

wish u guy could stop in amarillo i just moved back and it would b great to c u at the golden light.


Jan 31 2010 10:02 PM

You guys rocked last night in salt lake!
miss chelsea

Chelsea Slack

Jan 31 2010 10:00 PM

you blew my mind at the filmore last night. i dont even know what to say other then holy shit you guys are amazing!!!!!!
bought both your cd's and cant wait to jam


Jan 29 2010 4:57 AM

youre great
georgie (good fellas)

georgie (good fellas)

Jan 27 2010 1:51 AM

a wats up guys u know my cuzin mark sevillano i met dustin at the keyclub and kyle does ur scar ever start hurting sometimes
SEDERRA(New Song Up!)

SEDERRA(New Song Up!)

Jan 22 2010 6:00 AM

Hey, homies killer set at NAMM!!! It was awesome hanging out with all of you
jeremiah foundation (download new album)

jeremiah foundation (download new album)

Jan 13 2010 10:44 PM

thanks for adding us guys. kyle, this may not be any type of p-shooter or any other pf song, but check out our new album, under the name of jeremiah foundation. an album download is available on our profile. check it out.


Jan 13 2010 10:43 PM

Sooo.. Andy is probably my new favorite song! :D
Death Hymn Number 9

Death Hymn Number 9

Jan 5 2010 4:45 AM

Thanks for playing the other night honky'z
Gnar Gnar Binks

Elisa Chino

Jan 5 2010 4:45 AM

Portales misses you, Blake Fair and I are listening to your vinyl right now.
Eric Hokenson

Eric Hokenson

Jan 5 2010 4:44 AM

Great show in Long Beach for New Year's. Would love to check you guys out again!
Shelley Loves Music

Shelley Loves Music

Jan 5 2010 4:44 AM

Any chance of you guys coming to the East Coast this year? :)
puppies and kittens

puppies and kittens

Dec 22 2009 7:08 PM

Nice meeting you guys last night!


Dec 10 2009 3:00 AM

Very Cool Music! Thanks for the add!

Jason Solomon

Dec 5 2009 12:43 AM

See you this afternoon!
Suga Face

Erin BoJangles

Dec 5 2009 12:40 AM

<3 that was the best lunch concert of the year!


Dec 5 2009 12:39 AM

Whats Up Kyle & Eric, It's Been A While. Hope You're All Well. Congrats On Your Success. Keep It Up Guys, Take Care. -Matt West
Phillip Anthony Nares

Phillip Anthony Nares

Dec 1 2009 7:47 PM

my best friend loves you all so I thought I would check it out. I like what I hear.
Sarah Jane

Sarah Kingston

Nov 30 2009 4:02 AM

I know Sacramento is totally lame.... but come back! I need my Dusty Rhodes and the Riverband fix!!! :)
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