Rhythm Lords: The Early Days 1988-1992

Artist: Rhythm Lords | Released: Dec-2015 | Item #: R66-104

During the early days of the Rhythm Lords, the band recorded two EPs. The first one titled, “Rhythm Lords” which contained three songs. The second EP recorded a year later was titled “Evil” and delivered six songs. Both EPs were issued on cassette only. Neither of these two EPs were ever released in digital format until now.

Plus as a bonus – there are three songs here that were recorded during the sessions for “Evil” but were never finished or released until now.

The power of Richard Dover’s drums is a clear indication of what the Rhythm Lords were all about during those days. Loud and Proud – the Rhythm Lords carved out an audience from the depths of the LA Art scene calling Al’s Bar in downtown Los Angeles their home base for a short time.

With Steph Traino locking in step with Dover’s drums, the band creates a sound that borrows from the blues, surf and instrumental music, rockabilly and filtered through the influences of The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Los Lobos, The Blasters, The Doors, The Cruzados, Led Zeppelin and ZZ Top.

“It all comes out like heavy roots-rock,” says Peterson. “I like loud guitars, big drums and a bass guitar that drags the basement looking for the bottom.”

And as if this wasn’t enough, this CD release marks the first of a two-part celebration. As you are reading this, Root 66, Steph Traino and Dale Peterson are in production of a documentary of the Rhythm Lords during those early days between 1988 when the band was formed to 1992 when Richard Dover left the band.

This CD was produced with love for the memory of our friend and drummer extraordinaire, Richard Dover (1958-2004)

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Time Machine (2011)

Artist: Trouble No More | Released: Jun-2011 | Item #: R66-103

TNM is on a mission to blur the lines of roots music. They’ll take you to the edges of Rock, Surf and the Blues. The rock & rollers will call this a blues album, the blues purists will call this a rock album.

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Son of Harry (2007)

Artist: Dale Peterson | Released: Jun-2007 | Item #: R66-002

Dale Peterson’s second release for Root 66 is his first collection of original songs since 1999’s “Full Circle”. Dale has some very special guests on this release. They are some of Los Angeles’ finest musicians. People like John “Juke” Logan on piano, Chris Lawrence and Rick Shea on steel guitar and Steph Traino providing the bass guitar vibe. Jay Perris, Mike Molina and Dale Daniel share drum duties. Jesus Cuevas plays the accordion and bass, Dan Janisch and Miguel Garcia sing back up and Cliff Wagner on fiddle. Special tracks to listen to are “California”, “I’m Losin’ You” and “Old Saddle Blanket”.

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Bandera (2005)

Artist: Dale Peterson | Released: Jun-2015 | Item #: R66-001

“Bandera” marks Dale’s first release for Root 66 recording company. This CD is dedicated to the influence of Peterson’s father, Harry Peterson, who was himself a working musician and published songwriter. All fifteen songs are classic country standards from the 1940s through the 1960s including one written by Harry. These are songs that Dale remembers his father playing in San Antonio, Texas when he was just a small boy.

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Full Circle (1999)

Artist: Dale Peterson | Released: Jun-1999 | Item #: RR1004

Dale Peterson’s first solo release, Full Circle is a collection of songs written during the days of the Rhythm Lords. These eleven songs all written by Peterson were not considered Rhythm Lords material, so they went unrecorded until 1999.

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