Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers make waves in Rocky Point, Mexico
Posted: Oct 16, 2008 10:48 PM
By Dan Marries/KOLD News 13
If you’ve never heard of Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers–you have now. This Arizona band has a huge following especially in Tucson. They’re the only band to have six consecutive albums debut in the top 10 of Billboard’s internet sales chart. Twice a year they attract thousands of Arizonans to Rocky Point for Circus Mexicus. I took my camera to record the good times and great music–all for a wonderful cause.
“Tucson has always been a special place. You know you only have one city of your birth so I’ve always had a romance with it,” Roger Clyne tells me from the comfort of his tour bus parked backstage. Roger was born in Tucson but his time growing up was split between Tempe and his grand parent’s ranch in Sonoita. He says it’s a place he feels close to nature, “the amount of rainfall has a very significant effect on everything. From the insects, to the plants, to the animals, to the people and I just find it’s a very honest communion with the earth which is the expression of our creator.”
Spending time with Clyne I quickly realize he has a zen like quality. He’s a philosopher living life to the fullest, “when I’m vibrating at my best I’m living in a state of gratitude. I just find that attracts more good things. I don’t want to be too metaphysical but that’s what I’d rather share than self indulgence or self pitying stuff.”
That grateful outlook on life carries over into the music. Just ask his fans like Jill Potter, “Roger speaks about life, he speaks about the way it should be, the way it is he speaks from the heart.” Korry Johnson agrees, “”we’ve gotten a chance to know them and they just really connect with their fans and make sure you’re having a good time and they are wonderful people.”
Over the weekend, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers helped to raise more than 6,000 dollars for the Esperanza Home for Children just outside Rocky Point. A small gesture that will greatly help the 28 children who live here, “each one of us has the individual potential to create and amplify happiness on planet earth and it doesn’t take very much and so to be able to exercise that through a small act is very fulfilling to me.” The next Circus Mexicus in Rocky Point will be next summer. You can find out when by periodically checking out the band’s web site at http://www.azpeacemakers.com.