The Dust City Opera is New Mexico’s freshest alternative folk-rock band led by singer/songwriter Paul Hunton. They’re known for their unique instrumentation, vibrant covers, and crafty songwriting, often juxtaposing dark, bold subject matter over whimsical, light-hearted melodies. Hunton’s songwriting is strikingly visual and spans the spectrum from playful to apocalyptic, balancing his powerful voice over exceptional arrangements of dreamy guitar licks and intensely rich horns. They are an unusual combination of sounds, including the expected rock band instruments, as well as trombone, accordion, clarinet and more. Their genre is best described as alternative folk-rock with influences from rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, classical, and alt-country. Similar artists include: Cake, Tom Waits, Chris Cornell, the Handsome Family, Chet Atkins, and the Felice Brothers. Formed in early 2018, the Dust City Opera has quickly gained attention around the state, completing dozens of performances including the notable 2018 Downtown Summerfest in Albuquerque, NM where they opened for national headliner: The Robert Randolph Family Band.
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