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  The Rifters

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The Rifters formed in 2002 in the fertile and creative music scene of Taos, New Mexico from members of two popular bands already active in the area. Jim Bradley and Don Richmond of Hired Hands, and Rod Taylor of the Rounders, who had all known one another for years playing in the acoustic dance-oriented Americana music scene of northern New Mexico, decided to join forces to form The Rifters.

Putting out more music than it seems should be right for three guys on stage, the Rifters employ a wide range of acoustic and electric instruments, combined with soaring three-part harmonies, to provide a mesmerizing variety of music from driving blue-grama-grass to ethereal desert beauty. The years of playing to the dance crowds in their northern New Mexico homeland has given their music a toe-tapping rhythm that is engaging and undeniable. With a pedigree of bands like Hired Hands, the Rounders, and South by Southwest among them, the Rifters are truly a musical voice of their region of high desert vistas and mountain majesty.

The Rifters are:

Rod Taylor on guitar, mandolin, and vocals. Rod lives in Cimarron, New Mexico and is also head of cattle operations at Philmont Ranch. In other words, he doesn’t just look like a cowboy. Although Rod is well known nationally for playing traditional cowboy music at cowboy poetry gatherings and festivals, his musical influences run from The Beatles to The Allman Brothers to old blues to Willis Alan Ramsey and back again. Rod’s rich lead vocals provide one of the most immediately recognizable elements of The Rifters’ distinctive sound.

Jim Bradley on bass and vocals. Jim is a long-time Taos resident and is a native New Mexican, born in Las Cruces. Jim’s powerful rhythmic and percussive playing provide the pulse for The Rifters’ energetic acoustic rhythms. He has played his Fender bass from Alaska to Manhattan and many places in between, from the mountain bars to the big festival stages with touring national acts. Jim holds down many of the high harmony vocals in the Rifters’ rich vocal arrangements.

Don Richmond on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, dobro, pedal steel guitar, harmonica and vocals. Don was a founding member of the near-legendary Colorado band Tumbleweed (1973 – 1990) and the Colorado-New Mexico band Hired Hands (1992 - 2002). Don lives in Alamosa, Colorado and also owns and operates Howlin’ Dog Recording, one of the most respected acoustic-oriented recording studios in the region, and has appeared on dozens of recordings by many of the region’s top artists, as well as numerous projects under his own name and with his former bands. Don’s multi-instrumental skills help provide the variety and excitement audiences enjoy in a Rifters’ performance. He also covers lead and harmony vocals.

The Rifters are at home at a barn dance with the hay and the horses, in a mountain town bar or honky-tonk, or on a festival or concert stage. Their choice of moving and powerful material, both original and by others, their impeccable musicianship, and their strong three and four part vocal arrangements combine to make The Rifters a crowd-pleasing musical experience.

SONGLIST:

  • The Edge of Texas - Rifters
  • One More Dollar - Gillian Welch, Hired Hands
  • That's What I Like About You - Kevin Welch, Hired Hands
  • Hopes Up High - Joe Ely
  • Something About You - Kevin Welch, Hired Hands
  • Strangers - Rifters
  • Hungry for You - Rifters
  • You Ain't Goin' Nowhere - Bob Dylan, The Byrds
  • Knocking on Heaven's Door - Bob Dylan
  • No Woman, No Cry - Bob Marley, Peter Rowan
  • Midnight Moonlight - Peter Rowan
  • Friend of the Devil - Grateful Dead
  • Copperline - James Taylor, Hired Hands
  • Speed of the Sound of Loneliness - John Prine
  • Oldest Baby in the World - John Prine
  • The Weight - The Band
  • Child of the Wild Blue Yonder - John Hiatt, Hired Hands
  • Bright Side of the Road - Van Morrison
  • Boxcars - Butch Hancock, Rifters
  • Miss Molly - Bob Wills
  • Milk Cow Blues - Bob Wills
  • Missing You - Little Feat
  • Cranes - Rifters
  • Ballad of B.F. Vance - Rifters
  • Deeper Well - Emmylou Harris, Hired Hands
  • Love at the Five and Dime - Nancy Griffith
  • The Great Divide - Kate Wolf
  • Freight Train - Fred Eaglesmith, Hired Hands
  • Hickory Wind - Gram Parsons
  • The Road Goes on Forever - Robert Earl Keen
  • Las Vegas - Gram Parsons
  • Flip, Flop, and Fly - Big Joe Turner, Rifters
  • Peaceful Easy Feeling - Eagles
  • Less and Less - Tim O'Brien
  • Going Gone - Pat Alger, Kathy Mattea
  • Who Knows What Tomorrow Will Bring - Rifters
  • Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight - Rodney Crowell
  • Strange Brew - Cream
  • Roadhouse Blues - The Doors
  • Reno and Me - Kevin Welch
  • Bring It on Down to My House - Bob Wills
  • She Ain't Goin' Nowhere - Rodney Crowell, Guy Clark
  • Baton Rouge - Guy Clark
  • Stuff That Works - Rodney Crowell, Hired Hands
  • Navajo Rug - Ian Tyson
  • Tangled Up in Love - Keith Urban, Rifters
  • Woman of the Bayou Country - Cornbread
  • Song for the Life - Rodney Crowell
  • Till I Gain Control Again - Rodney Crowell
  • Twilight - The Band, Rifters
  • Take It Easy - The Eagles
  • Sin City - The Flying Burrito Brothers
  • Ripple - Grateful Dead
  • Kansas City
  • Route 66 - Asleep at the Wheel
  • Hard Living
  • Helpless - Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young
  • Tupelo Honey - Van Morrison
  • Pancho and Lefty - Townes Van Zandt
  • White Freightliner - Townes Van Zandt
  • More Pretty Girls Than One - Doc Watson, Jimmy Rodgers
  • Other Side of the Hill - Chuck Pyle
  • Honky Tonk Blues – Hank Williams
  • Mind Your Own Business – Hank Williams
  • Cotton Jenny – Gordon Lightfoot
  • West Texas Wind – John Ims
  • If You Were A Bluebird – Butch Hancock
  • She Never Spoke Spanish To Me – Butch Hancock
  • Willin – Little Feat
  • Dance The Blues – Bill Miller
  • Rain Just Falls – David Halley
  • Dark Hollow –
  • Amy – Pure Prarie League
  • Early Morning Riser – Pure Prarie League
  • I Cant Stand To See Us Cry – Rifters
  • Love The One Your With – Crosby, Stills & Nash
  • Take Me Back To Tulsa – Bob Wills
  • Dance Hall Girl – Mason Profit
  • Further On Up The Road – Eric Clapton
  • Give It Up Or Let Me Go – Bonnie Raitt
  • Paradise – John Prine
  • Louise –
  • Brand New Tennessee Waltz – Jesse Winchester
  • If I Ever Get too Old - Rifters
  • Guitars Picking, Fiddles Playing/Black Mountain Rag
  • Victim of Life's Circumstances - Delbert McClinton
  • You're Still Standing There – Steve Earle
  • Passin' Through – Johnny Cash
  • Amen Corner – Railroad Earth
  • I Dug Up a Diamond – Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris
  • Senor (Tales of Yankee Power) – Bob Dylan
  • Teeny weeny Bit of Your Love – Delbert McClinton






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